A few weeks ago on my Facebook page, I asked for some toilet training tips in preparation for training Miss 2. I have four girls, and she was my last “baby” in nappies. I’m so happy to have a nappy-free household (except at night), but I’m sad my baby isn’t a baby anymore. Why do they have to grow up so quick?
I attempted to start toilet training when she turned 18 months, but we failed. She had no idea what she was doing or when she had to go. I made the choice to wait another eight months before trying again. I’m sure if I stuck with it, she may have eventually picked it up, but we were in no rush. This time I knew she was ready. She knew when she was doing a wee or a poo and would even run to get me a fresh nappy when she did. Even though I had successfully trained three kids before her, it is so different with each child. I wanted to share what had worked for us and it was really easy this time around.
Here are some of my Busy Mum’s Toilet Training For Toddlers
- Wait until you think the child is ready. I know some of us are in a rush to get rid of the nappies, but I think waiting until the child is ready makes the process so much smoother and less stressful for everyone. Once the child knows what they are doing, changing over to a toilet and undies will be much easier.
- Wait for the warmer weather. Letting them just wear underwear and a shirt around during the day makes it easier for them to go to the toilet without having to strip off layers. It also allows the child to feel wet if they happen to have an accident, and they can feel the difference from being wet when wearing a nappy. I do like using pull-ups or training pants but only at night or when we go out for a long trip. I think using these during the day will slow down the process as they feel just like a nappy.
- Buy new underwear and lots of them. I took Miss 2 shopping and let her pick her own “undas” as she calls them. Target is great as they have tiny sizes, and the size 1-2 is perfect for two-year-olds. I found the bigger size 2-3 sagged way too much and didn’t fit well.
- Take them to the toilet every 30 minutes, even if it’s just to sit for a short while. Taking them frequently, you will have less chance of accidents.
- Pick a week when you will be home and not going out much. It’s much easier to try and train them while at home in their environment. If your child goes to daycare, make sure you let them know you are starting and the process you are using so they can do the same.
- Be prepared for some accidents. Accidents happen and when they do, just stay calm, take them to the toilet and still allow them to sit to let them finish. Just explain calmly that they need to go to the toilet and not in their underwear.
- The process can become frustrating when it’s not working out. I suggest waiting a few more months if your child hasn’t started to catch on after a few weeks.
- Buy a potty if your child is having trouble using the big toilet. The toilet can be daunting for the younger ones, so having a bright, small-sized toilet can help. I picked up a cheapie from Kmart for around $5, and it’s very easy to clean.
- DO NOT, and I repeat, do not leave them alone with the toilet paper in the bathroom. We have had the toilet clogged with a whole roll, and that wasn’t fun to remove.
- Don’t rush the child and take one day at a time. Bring toys or read a book while they are on the toilet for a distraction and it can help ease any fears they may have.
- Pack the potty in the boot of the car. I don’t know how many times we have been stuck rushing or looking for a toilet, and it’s too late. I just keep a bottle of water in the car and give it a rinse out until we get home.
- Use a reward chart. There are heaps available for free on Pinterest or Google that you can print and add stickers. You could also use a treat reward or use lollies.
- Once you have nailed the daytime toilet training, you can work on the night time. Miss 4 has been dry overnight, but I still put a pull-up on for bed as it saves risking wet bedding.
I hope some of my tips help you or your child when toilet training. Do you have any other toilet training tips to share?