Toilet Training


 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 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 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: