ERIC - Education and Resource for improving childhood continence - Helpline 0845 370 8008

ERIC - Education and Resource for improving childhood continence - Helpline 0845 370 8008

Calls to the helpline will cost 9.6p per minute plus the service provider charge.

Potty Training

Potty training is an important milestone for your child, but learning to gain control of the
bowel and bladder is a complex process and your child needs to be emotionally and
physically ready to start potty training.
Children normally start showing signs of being ready to potty train around the age of two, but not all children are the same and some will be ready earlier, some later.  

Your child will learn to understand and know how to react and respond to the feeling that they need to
empty their bladder or bowel. They will also need to understand what you want them to do and
how to do it.
Use the menu on the left to read more about potty training and to download ERIC's guides and tips. 

Step-by-step potty training
When it's time to start potty training your child, use ERIC's practical, simple to follow potty training system, which can be applied equally effectively to boys and girls.

Download the very popular ERIC's Guide to Potty Training leaflet which answers questions about knowing when to get started, how to get ready, and includes a step-by-step guide for potty training.
The leaflet signposts to ERIC's Guide to Children's Bowel Problems and ERIC's Guide to Night Time Wetting. It is good to read these guides to learn how to avoid weeing and pooing prolems and also to know what to do in case your child is showing signs of having problems with their bladder or bowel.
Extra help with potty training 
For extra information, read our A-Z of Potty Training Tips. 
If you need additional potty training help, ERIC's Helpline (Tel: 0845 370 8008, Monday to Thursday 10.00 am - 2.00 pm) can offer you the support you need to successfully overcome any problems, or you can post a message on our parentsí message board for other parents to offer you an insight into how they tackled toilet training.
Potty training products
You can also visit our webshop to view potty training information books for you and potty training story books for your child. In the shop you will also find potty training pants and pads, absorbent mats, a range of potties and nappies for swimming.
You might also like to try Pampers Baby Dry Pants which allow babies and toddlers to stay dry for up to 12 hours, including during the night. They're easy to pull on and take off by tearing away the sides. 

Information Zone

We have a range of leaflets and documentation about bedwetting - they are a free resource.

Click here to visit the Information Zone

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