Introduction

Learning to use the toilet is a big step for your toddler as they begin to understand their body’s signals and start being responsible for their own bodies.

There is no need to rush them into toilet training. Each child is different and it’s best to watch for signs that they are ready to try.

The most important thing is that your child is ready and that you are relaxed and patient.

Children want to please you. Praise and encourage them as they learn this new skill.

How long will it take?

Some children take three to four weeks to work out how and when to go to the toilet - others seem to manage within a few days.

Some get control over wee first, for others it will be poo.

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The information in this section was adapted from the Parent Easy Guide series © Parenting SA, Government of South Australia.

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Last updated: 18 September 2017