Toileting - Hints & Tips

Signs your child might be ready to toilet train

Signs your child may be ready include: if he knows when he's doing a wee or poo; she's interested in the toilet; use underpants or training pants during the day.

When your child has dry nappies for up to two hours and knows when he’s doing a wee or a poo, he could be ready for toilet training.  It’ll be easier if he can pull his pants up and down too.

Your child might also be ready if she’s interested in the toilet, and wants to watch you use it.  She might tell you if there’s a wee or a poo in her nappy.
Your child can use underpants or training pants during the day.  You might like to use a nappy for the times you won’t have easy access to a toilet, or during daytime and night-time sleeps.


Toilet training basics

Dress him in clothes that are easy to remove; watch for signs that she needs to go; sit him on the toilet when poo is likely

Dress your child in clothes that are easy to take off.

Watch for signs that your child might need to use the toilet – she might jiggle or hold her hand between her legs. Gently remind her to sit on the toilet during the day.
Sit your child on the toilet for a short time (up to five minutes) when a poo is likely – for example, about 30 minutes after a meal.


Good toileting habits

Sit comfortably on the toilet; always wipe from front to back; wash hands

Have your child sit comfortably on the toilet. Sitting with his feet and legs apart, and leaning forward with a straight back, will help him empty out his wee and poo. He could also use a footstool to support his feet.

Wipe your child’s bottom or help with wiping. Having him /her bend over a bit can help. Always wipe from front to back. If your child misses the toilet and wee or poo gets on the floor, don’t comment.

Just clean it up without a fuss.  Never comment on the smell or size of the poo as this can cause embarrassment.

Help your child wash his hands, then celebrate and praise him for doing a wee or poo in the toilet. If you’re ever concerned about your child’s toileting, speak to your health professional.