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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 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.

  • 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.

  • Last updated or reviewed 11-08-2011