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How to toilet train your child

Toilet Training

Although being a parent is one of the best jobs in the world, it can also be one of the hardest, especially when it comes to helping your child achieve all major milestones.

And toilet training is by far one of the toughest challenges you will face as a parent.

But with a lot of patience, and a few tricks up your sleeve, toilet training your child needn’t fill you with dread, and it can in fact be extremely rewarding.

Here at Finchley Preschool, parents are forever asking us the best approach to toilet train their little ones. With this in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to create this helpful guide outlining how to toilet train your child.


When do I need to start toilet training?

All children develop at different rates and it’s important that you recognise the signs that your child is ready. For example, if you start toilet training your little one too early, it can result in more accidents and slow the process down.

Here are some of the signs to look out for!

  • They know when their nappy is dry and wet, and they tell you
  • They know when they are passing urine and can tell you
  • They know when they are about to pass urine
  • They express discomfort about having a wet or dirty nappy
  • They are dry for at least an hour or two at a time


Ultimately, your child will need to be able to follow instructions voluntarily when it comes to using the potty or toilet.


First things first…

Once your child exhibits signs that they are ready to toilet train, it’s important that you create a positive and relaxing environment where they can start using their potty, and remember, to always celebrate each milestone in your child’s potty training journey.

At the same time, it’s also important that you take the time to prepare your little one, but introducing toilet training gradually rather than overwhelming them. And, you should ensure that you always use knickers/pants when training a child or pull-ups, which are training nappies.


Tips for the toilet training process

  • Encourage your child to sit on their potty once a day prior to their being ready to be trained.
  • Once your child is ready to train your child let your nursery know that you are starting the process.
  • Set aside a few days at home to train your child. Give them plenty to drink. Ask them to let you know when they need to go to the toilet.
  • Sit them on the toilet regularly through the day
  • Sit with your child and talk to them in a calm and positive way.
  • If your child is successful, let them see you empty the contents into the toilet and pull the flush together.
  • Encourage them to wash their hands so they begin to establish a routine.
  • If they don’t succeed don’t mention it and try they next day, but don’t force it.
  • When they are having success, set some days aside to just concentrate on toilet training.
  • Accidents will happen, it’s all part of the learning process. When they do, it’s important not to get angry or tell your child off.
  • For a few weeks after, check in with them regularly to see if they need the toilet.
  • When you are out, ensure you take spare clothes in case of an accident.
  • When they are consistently dry when they wake up, they may be ready to come out of nappies at night.
  • It may be wise to use a waterproof sheet for a few weeks in case of accidents.

Here at Finchley Preschool we have vast experience helping children of all ages to overcome core stages of their development, and are always happy to provide tips for the toilet training process. If you have any questions about our role in the toilet training process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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