Toilet Training

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 Ready Steady…

  • Children are ready at different ages but around 2 and 2.5 is a good time to start. Choose a potty with your child and keep it in the bathroom, if your bathroom is upstairs keep one downstairs as well so it is handy

  • Gently encourage your child to sit on the potty for a short time (bath time, change time and whenever you go to the toilet are helpful

  • Have a bag of special toys and books in the bathroom just for when they sit on the potty, bubbles are good too

  • Go shopping for some special pants

 Lots to learn…

  • Practice washing hands at each change

  • Change nappies or pull ups standing up

  • Send the nappy or pull up contents down the toilet and flush

  • Practice pulling up trousers and pull ups

Healthy Bladder and Bowels...

  • Your child needs to wee and poo without discomfort

  • Offer 6 to 8 drinks a day of 120-150mls in a cup

  • Make sure your child is not constipated as this can impact on toilet training

What should children drink…

  • Water is best  (if your child needs a drink in the night only offer water)

  • 2-3 drinks of milk a day are fine

  • Say bye bye to bottles and drink out of a cup now

  • DON’T limit drinks, the bladder needs to learn to fill right up and empty to work properly

  • Don’t Give Drinks containing caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) Sweetened drinks and Fizzy drinks until they are older and then only as a treat.

 Where to go for help…

  • Call your health visiting team or pop in to one of their clinics. They have some helpful leaflets they can send you

  • Go to www.eric.org.uk or call 08453708008 they have lots of leaflets and advice online or will send you a copy of ERICs Guide to Potty Training.

  • If your child has special needs Go to www.promocon.co.uk for lots of helpful leaflets and advice or speak to your Health Visiting team and they will send them to you

Here is a selection of helpful books you can borrow from the library: