Potty training – Tips from the expert

Most young children are ready to begin potty training sometime between 18-24 months. But how do you approach potty training in the best way?

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Dr Robyn Strosaker, paediatrician at University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, USA, has the following tips to help your child have the best potty training experience possible.

When should I start potty training?

  • Most young children are ready to begin potty training sometime between 18-24 months. After 24 months, many children enter a phase in which they are developing their independence. It can be trickier to begin potty training then.


  • Both family and child need to be ready for potty training. Choose a week when you parents are on hand. Holidays are a great time to start potty training. To know whether your child is ready, look for these signs that your child is ready to stop using nappies.


Where should I potty train?

  • The toilet doesn’t have to be the only place to potty train your child. If there’s any other place in your house where your child likes to spend time, it might be a good idea to have a potty there.


  • Putting the potty in a room where your child usually plays can help them to get used to the potty and prepare for potty training.


  • Take the potty with you if you’re away from home.


How can I help my child to potty train?

  • Today’s nappies are so absorbent that it can be difficult to feel when the nappy is wet. Try to get your child to wear pants so he or she can feel this. If there are frequent little accidents, you can put a nappy over the pants in the beginning.


  • You can help your child stay dry at night by not offering baby formula or other drinks too close to bedtime.


  • If problems crop up, don’t make a fuss about it. Take a break from potty training for 2-4 weeks, and then try again.