How to potty train a toddler

Potty training tips

Potty training your toddler can be a stressful task, especially when you have an unwilling party. Here are some tips to ease some of the stress associated with potty training.

Potty training your toddler can be a stressful task, especially when you have an unwilling party. Here are some tips to ease some of the stress associated with potty training.

Make Sure They Are Ready

Potty training tips How to potty train a toddler

potty training tips


There is nothing worse than trying to potty train a child who isn’t physically or emotionally ready. A child is typically ready between 18 to 36 months. Some signs of readiness may include :

  • can identify by gestures or words that their diaper is soiled or when they about to soil their diaper
  • stays dry for longer periods
  • has bowel movements at a predictable time of the day (usually in the morning)
  • knows the difference between urinating and having a bowel movement
  • can pull down pants
  • isn’t afraid of the potty

The important thing to remember is to work at your child’s pace. Don’t allow others to predict when your child is ready.

Use Visual Aids

One of the best ways to introduce your toddler to the potty is by example. Allow them to watch you use the potty. Purchase a potty chair and place it in the bathroom. Allow them to sit on the potty fully clothed to become familiar with it. Buy or check out books from the library on the subject. If there is an older sibling, allow them to serve as a “mentor” during the process. (Like in the Pull-ups commercial)

Have A Dress Rehearsal

Allow your child to sit on the potty with their clothes on. Then maybe it won’t be intimidating. If they show any interest in pulling off their diaper and giving it a try, then by all means allow them to. Let your child be in control of the situation, not you. This will help them in feeling independent.

Practice Makes Perfect

After your child is familiar and comfortable with the potty, go for a trial run. Offer to allow them to use the potty without a diaper. If they perform, offer a subtle praise. If not, don’t make a big deal about it. Continue to offer the potty periodically throughout the day and so on. If your child becomes agitated about using the potty, then give it a break for a few days. Once everything is settled, start over again until they become comfortable and able to go on their own. Potty training is an ongoing process.

Whether or not it is better to start toilet training with disposable or cloth training pants is totally up to you and your child. Some children may prefer the cloth over disposable because the look and feel like underwear. Of course, parents may prefer disposable because its easier to clean up. Try both and see what works. There are many parents who swear by no training pants at all. If the weather is nice, allow your child to walk around bare. Again, with this method clean-up can be messy.

Final Note

Other tips include dressing your child in clothing that is easy for them to pull down. And remember that accidents can and will happen. Don’t make your child feel bad about having an accident. Always have a spare change of clothing available while on outings. It may take weeks or even months before your child is fully potty trained. Just remember to continue showing your love and have patience during the process.

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