4. Start at the right time
Look for the signs and signals that your child is giving you that they are ready to make the leap from nappies to underwear. The more of these you identify the higher likelihood that it will be faster and easier for your child to toilet train.
Most children do not wake up one day and say to their parents, "Now's the time for me to start using the toilet instead of the nappy to do wees and poos - can you teach me please?"
If you have one of those children, then we are all terribly jealous!
For the rest of us, we need to read our kids behaviour, as they are using this to communicate to us. The problem is sometimes we can be too busy to see it and we need some pointers for what to look out for. If that's you then see the getting started click HERE
3. Motivate your child
If you have to drag your child kicking and screaming to use the toilet then you have lost the battle. Your job is to encourage, guide and motivate your child to sit on the toilet and do the 'business' on it.
With disposable nappies many children are not particularly motivated to start using the toilet instead so you may have to get a bit creative.
Motivate your child using the currency and a method that suits their interests, love language and personality. Get them on board by praising them for the positive behaviour and give minimal attention when they have accidents. The Looloo treasure box shows you how to motivate a 2-4 year old to get wees/poo into the loo. Check it out HERE
2. Help them feel relaxed
By using the same place to toilet train for at least 3-4 days so your child feels comfortable and gets into a routine before venturing further afield to different toilets. The more relaxed your child feels, the more successful they will be with doing number 1's and 2's in the right place.
Children can get nervous and anxious when trying new things and using the toilet is no different. Try not to react negatively when they have an accident. Just like when they were learning to walk they would fall over but get back up again, the same thing will happen when learning to use the toilet. They are learning to read their body signals and control their bodily functions.
Kids can often become constipated as they hold on to a bowel motion. Try and help them feel relaxed to sit and try to catch their poo on the potty. When they are on the toilet they need their feet grounded on a step stool.
1. Keep calm and carry on
Don't give up after day 2 if you feel they are making no progress. Breaking a habit formed over several years does often take time, patience and perseverance. You need to take off the "trainer wheels" of a nappy and only put them on for sleep times. Stop toilet training and seek advice if it is causing your child to become emotionally distressed or physically uncomfortable.