When to start toilet training

By June 27, 2024 Toilet Training
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Knowing the right time to start toilet training can be tricky. However, here are some signs that can help caregivers decide when their child might be ready. Every child is different, so it’s important to look for cues and be patient.

  1. Physical Readiness: Children need to have some control over their bladder and bowel movements to start toilet training. Signs of physical readiness include many things. Are they staying dry for longer periods? Are they having regular bowel movements? Do they show awareness of when they need to go?
  2. Interest in the Toilet: If a child shows interest in the toilet or bathroom habits, it might be a sign that they’re ready to start toilet training. They may ask questions about the toilet. Sometimes they want to watch others use the toilet. Some will show curiosity about what happens in the bathroom.
  3. Communication Skills: Being able to communicate is important for toilet training. Children should be able to understand simple instructions. They need express their needs, whether through words, gestures, or signs. Being able to communicate when they need to go to the bathroom is key.
  4. Independence: Toilet training requires some independence and willingness to try new things. Children should be able to follow basic routines. This includes sitting on the potty or toilet, pulling down their pants, and washing their hands with assistance.
  5. No Major Changes: Starting toilet training during a calm and stable period can make the process easier for children. Avoid starting toilet training during times of major changes or stress. This includes moving to a new house, welcoming a new sibling, or starting daycare.
  6. Child’s Readiness: Ultimately, the best time to start toilet training is when the child is ready. It’s important to pay attention to their cues and readiness signs. This is better than rushing the process. Starting too early can lead to frustration for both the child and caregiver.

By looking for these signs of readiness and being patient, caregivers can determine the right time to start toilet training for their child. It’s a gradual process that requires encouragement, support, and plenty of practice. With time and patience, most children eventually master toilet training and transition to using the toilet independently.

At OneOnOne children’s Therapy we have a dedicated toilet training program called ‘1s and 2s’. It has helped hundreds of children learn to toilet train.

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At OneOnOne Children’s Therapy, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to grow and thrive.

Our clinics are not just a space for therapy – it’s a place where children can discover their strengths, overcome challenges, and reach their full potential.

By combining innovative therapy techniques with a stimulating and supportive environment, we’re proud to offer a holistic approach to paediatric therapy and early intervention that addresses the unique needs of each child we support.

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If you’re concerned about your child’s toileting or want to learn more about how our ‘1s and 2s’ program can help your child, OneOnOne Children’s Therapy is here to help.

Call us on (02) 80657837 or email. You can book a free 30 minute phone call with us to discuss how we can support your child’s unique journey