Potty training tips to help manage the process

Potty training can feel like a challenge. Remember that your child will get the hang of it, but it takes patience.

Be clear and consistent

  • Stick to a toilet training routine where possible. Children find the process easier when there is consistency.
  • Give short, clear instructions so they know what behaviour you want.
  • Don’t rush the process – potty training can take weeks or months.

    Be aware of how your behaviour influences your child

    • Try to stay calm. Your child will look to you to know how to feel and react, so show them it’s OK to make mistakes.
    • Give lots of praise every time they try hard or do something well.
    • Don’t make a big deal about accidents. They’re nothing to be ashamed of.
    • Be patient. Encourage your child not to give up (and follow your own advice).
    • Share your potty routine with other carers. Different approaches from adults can be confusing for a child.

    Read our advice on how to get started with potty training.

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    This advice was written by our experienced Parent Talk coaches. Parent Talk is a free online service for parents and carers provided by the charity, Action for Children. You can talk to our parenting coaches online using our 1:1 chat.

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