1. Q – When should I start toilet training my child? A – While the exact timing can vary for each child, most children will show signs of readiness between 18 and 36 months of age. Children should not be delayed past 3 years of age. A good general rule is to try in the warm months around the Childs 2nd birthday.
  2. Q – How do I know if my child is ready for toilet training? A – “signs of readiness” for toilet training might be that your child starts to have an increased interest in the bathroom, the ability to communicate their needs, staying dry for longer periods (about 2 hours between seeing their nappy), and demonstrating the physical skills needed to use the toilet (pull pants up and down, wash hands).
  3. Q – What is the best approach to toilet training? A – Most families will do a combination child-oriented and parent-led approach.
  4. Q – How long does toilet training take? A – While it varies for each child, it generally takes a few days for children to be aware of their own body signals. However it can take several weeks to a few months for a child to become consistently toilet trained.
  5. Q – What should I do if my child resists toilet training? A – Most children will only resist the toilet training process if they have been scared or they are not ready. Seek guidance from a Continence nurse specialist if this occurs to work out strategies on how to handle resistance. The nurse will work with you to make sure there is no physical reason for the hurdle and help you make a plan including strategies to encourage cooperation and maintain a positive attitude.
  6. Q – How do I handle accidents during toilet training? A – Accidents are a normal part of the toilet training process. Parents need to clean up accidents with no fuss shaming or punishing the child.
  7. Q – What should I do if my child is afraid of using the toilet? A – Some children develop fears or anxieties about using the toilet. It is important to work out why this behaviour has occurred. A Continence nurse specialist can help families work this out and develop a plan to overcome these fears to help their child feel comfortable using the toilet.
  8. Q – How can I encourage my child to be independent in using the toilet? A – When children first start toilet training they need lots of assistance to help learn the new task. However over time we can gradually decrease the assistance and promote independence. Sometimes we have to help a little, but then step back and allow They ask for strategies to encourage their child to take the child to try to do tings for themselves.
  9. Q – Should I use rewards or incentives during toilet training? A – Some parents like to use stickers or small treats, to motivate their child during the toilet training process. I would not suggest these as children who can become toilet train will and no sticker or treat will help a child who is not ready to achieve this task. For some children the lack of stickers or treats makes them feel defeated like they have failed.
  10. Q – What should I do if my child regresses after being toilet trained? A – Some children may experience regression after achieving initial success with toilet training. Keep things really positive and this should pass quickly. If regression continues seek professional help.

It’s important to note that every child is unique, and toilet training experiences can vary. It’s recommended to consult with your GP, pediatricians or Peadiatric Continence Nurse specialist for personalized guidance based on your child’s specific needs and circumstances.