Every child is ready for toilet training at different times, depending on their physical and emotional development. Children who have physical or learning difficulties might show signs of readiness at a later stage. It’s important not to compare your child’s readiness for toilet training with others. For most children, however, toilet training can be achieved between two to three years.
Your child will need to be physically and emotionally ready and understand what is happening.
Children learn to control their bowels and bladder in the following order:
Signs that your child is ready for toilet training include:
ERIC have produced a helpful video on how to tell if your child is ready to start toilet training along with lots of useful information on the ERIC website:
It’s important to select a time when you’re calm and have the time to support your child as they learn a new skill. It’s best to avoid times of stress and change, such as a house move, new baby or illness.
Follow the guidelines below to help support you and your child as you toilet train:
When your child sits on the potty regularly, they’re ready for the second phase of toilet training. Follow these guidelines to support you and your child:
Some children struggle more than others when learning to use the toilet. This can be for a variety of reasons. We understand how very stressful this is for parents.
We offer free workshops for families in Berkshire covering topics including:
It also provides you with the opportunity for you to ask those difficult questions about toilet training in a safe space. Workshops could be face to face or online.
To book, parents and carers can please fill in this form (opens in new window) and we will email you the details of our upcoming workshops.