Toilet training, or potty training – as it’s also known is a huge milestone for both parents and toddlers. It’s a huge step towards independence and self-care for young children – and once you’ve cracked it there is no better feeling! We know toilet training can be a challenge, so here are some helpful tips you can try to make it easier for both you and your toddler:


Every child is different, so there is no “right” age to start toilet training. Usually, most children are ready between the ages of 2 and 3, and you can look for signs such as showing interest in the bathroom, staying dry for longer periods of time, and expressing discomfort with a dirty nappy.


To help your toddler prepare for toilet training you can use books that talk about using the potty and what to expect. You could also let them pick out their own potty seat or step stool so they are more engaged with the process.


Find a routine that works for your family. Take your little one to the toilet at regular intervals throughout the day, at try to stick to roughly the same time each day. To help establish the habit, encourage your child to sit on the potty even if they don’t need to go.

Use Positive reinforcement

Praise and reward your child for successful trips to the toilet. This can be as simple as clapping and saying “good job!” or offering a small treat or sticker.


Toilet training takes time and patience, and there will likely be setbacks along the way. Stay positive and encouraging and remember that every child learns at their own pace.

Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to toilet training and every child is different.