Toilet Training Toddlers

Toilet training toddlers begins sometime after 18 months of age. Every child is different so the important things are not to get frustrated with your child and try not to compare with other children.

For Dr Maud's tips on potty training toddlers and for advice on using a reward chart, click here.

Parents often have useful tips for what made for successful toilet training in their toddler - the important thing is to do what works for your child.

The key to successful toilet training in toddlers is that they are ready and that you are ready. Lots of times, parents say they have a 12 month old who is potty trained - they sit the child on the potty after a meal and the child pees in the potty. There is nothing wrong with this approach but it isn't actually toilet training. It is toilet timing. For training to occur, the child needs to be aware that they are peeing and know what to do about it. This occurs closer to 18 months of age, but all children are different.

Potty training in toddlers involves a number of steps - you can read more on these by clicking here.

Parents will often find ways that they can help their toddler achieve the steps necessary for toilet training. This page is for parents to share their stories of success and you can also read other visitor's stories, click here.

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There is no right way for toilet training toddlers and something that works for one family might not be right for another. Share your tips on how you managed training your toddler.


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4yr old won't poop in the potty Not rated yet
So my 4yr old son has been peeing in the potty for over a year now and hes always stood since learning... Now my problem ia getting him to now poop …

Potty training - Patience works Not rated yet
We decided to potty training our no 4 child Samuel who is 2and a half... we have been delaying until we are ready, he has been ready for a while. Actually …

diapers off Not rated yet
My 3 y.o son is starting to use the potty. The other night he had to poop so he took off his diaper, threw it in the barrel and went on the potty. …

How To Teach a 20 month old when she needs to potty. Not rated yet
My daughter is 20 months old and I want to start potty training her. For a while now I have brought her with me when I have to go potty just so she knows …

Starting out with a strong willed little boy  Not rated yet
For a little boy who doesn't want mommy and daddy to "help" with things, here are some ideas that worked for us: 1. Let him observe daddy using the …

Toilet Training Girls Not rated yet
Encouragement, praise and a relaxed attitude is definitely a good approach. I put a potty in our bathroom when my daughter was about 1 so she was very …

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