Is your child ready for toilet training

Every child is different; they will progress out of nappies at different ages, and take different lengths of time to get used to using the toilet.

If you’re not sure where to start, or are looking for a new approach to toilet train your little one, have a look at some of these handy tips.

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Are they ready?

Generally, it is best to start toilet training when your toddler is between 18 months and 2 ½ years, but sometimes they might be a late bloomer. The experts suggest that the best way to judge if your child is ready is to look for signs. In most cases they will be ready if:

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  • They are walking and can sit for short periods of time.
  • They are becoming more independent in small tasks.
  • They are becoming interested in watching others go to the toilet (it is actually a good way to introduce things – monkey see, monkey do).
  • They can keep their nappy dry for an hour or two.
  • They begin to dislike wearing nappies.
  • They show obvious signs when they soil their nappy, or wants it to be changed soon after they do so.
  • They can pull their pants up and down.
  • They show understanding that things have their place around the house (i.e. the kitchen is for eating, the toilet is for wees/poo).

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They don’t have to show all of these signs, but these may be some helpful hints to tell you when they’re ready for toilet training.

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