Some common signs a child is ready for toilet training include:
Many toddlers will signal that they need to use the toilet by doing things like squatting, holding their genital area, or saying “I need to go wees.” If your child is showing any of these signs, it’s important to take him or her to the bathroom right away. You can also try asking your child.
It’s important to take your toddler to the toilet or potty regularly, even if he or she doesn’t seem to need it. A good rule of thumb is to take your child every two hours, or at least eight times a day. If you are using the toilet (rather than a potty) it is a good idea to get a toilet training seat and a step stool.
It takes around eight to 10 minutes for urine to travel from the bladder to the urethra. This means that if your child has a small drink of water, he or she will need to urinate within 10 minutes. If your child drinks a large cup of water, it may take up to an hour for him or her to need to go to the bathroom.
Toddlers can use the potty for both pooing and weeing. It’s important to encourage your child to use the potty regularly, even if he or she doesn’t seem to need it. If you are concerned about cleanup, you can get potty liners for easy poo disposal.
On average, toddlers will poo once a day. However, some toddlers may poo more or less often than this. If your child is pooing more than three times a day or less than once every three days, it’s important to speak to a pediatrician.
If your child has an accident, it’s important to stay calm. It’s also important to clean up the accident right away and help your child get back on the potty or toilet. It’s normal for accidents to happen, and they are not a reflection of your parenting skills.
If your child refuses to use the toilet or potty, it’s important to stay calm. You can try offering incentives, such as stickers or praise. You can also try making a game out of using the toilet or potty. If your child still refuses to use the toilet or potty, they may not be ready yet. If problems persist, speak to a pediatrician.