Toilet training

Most children tend to be ready for toilet training (going to the potty) around their second birthday. Some are ready earlier and others later. Your toddler will let you know that they’re ready when they do the following things.

• Keep their diaper dry for a few hours at a time
• Show an interest in the toilet or potty and what it’s used for
• Can pull down their pants and sit on the potty by themselves
• Can let you know through words or actions that they need to use the potty

As your child learns to use the potty, use these tips and be patient. Every child has accidents and it’s normal for them to sometimes make a mess as they’re learning. By giving them praise for doing well, instead of punishment for mistakes, you’re helping them learn faster.

Learn more about toilet training.