The key to successful toilet training is making sure your child is ready. His bladder must be fully developed and he must be emotionally ready. This will take patience and understanding on your part.
Your child may have accidents while going through toilet training. If he has many, he may not be ready.
Source: The American Academy of Pediatrics
Usually, girls toilet train earlier than boys. The common age for toilet training is around age 3.
Pushing your child to toilet train before he is ready will lead to accidents and power struggles.
Avoid toilet training if your family is under stress, such as planning a move or welcoming a baby.
Use a potty chair when starting toilet training. Always remain calm and give your child lots of encouragement and praise. When he has an accident, encourage him that next time will be better.
Toilet training is a good time to teach your child how to wash his hands. Help him wash with soap and warm water. Sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice while washing (about 15 to 20 seconds) so he learns how long to wash.
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Signs your child may be ready for toilet training include:
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, toilet training includes the following.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic