Child Development: Parenting
Toilet Training Guide
When to Begin
Your child may be ready to begin toilet training once they are aware that they have soiled their nappy, or once they are aware that they need to soon. They may not actually say it, but there may be signs that you notice.
The age at which this occurs will differ for every child, and bowel control tends to come before bladder control. During the day, half of all two year olds stay dry, and this increases to 90% by age three. At night it takes a little longer, and they may not go through the night without wetting their nappy until between three and five years.
- Be open about the issue, let the child see you using the toilet.
- Don't make a big deal about it. Praise your child's first steps, but don't celebrate by offering treats, and don't draw too much attention to accidents.
- Once you are aware of your child's routine or the signs, you can remove their nappy at the right time and encourage hem to use the potty.