Use our handy checklist to work out whether your child (and you!) are ready to ditch the nappies.  

Toilet training is a skill which some children grasp faster than others, but most children are ready to be taught how to use the potty or toilet between the age of 18 months and 3 years old.  

Use our checklist of questions to work out if your child is showing signs of readiness for potty training.  

Is it the right time for you as a family?  

Don’t feel pressured to start potty training just because other people around you say that you should. It needs to be the right time for you and your child as it’s something which takes energy and patience. If you’ve just moved house, had another baby or you’re about to go on holiday, it’s better to wait a few weeks until life has settled back into a routine. 

Is my child physically ready?  

They need to be able to sit themselves on the potty and be able to stand up when they’ve finished. Potty training is more likely to go well if your child can follow instructions and let you know what they want or need. 

Can they stay dry for a least an hour or two? And are they pooing regularly?  

Before starting toilet training, it’s a really good idea to tune into your child’s wee and poo habits. Keep a diary for a couple of days to track how often they do a poo and how long they can go between wees. Use our kitchen roll trick to work out if your child has done a wee when they’re wearing a nappy. LINK  

If they can stay dry for an hour or two, they are ready for potty training as their bladder is storing more wee and developing control. Passing some soft poo usually at the same time each day is another really positive sign of readiness for potty training.   

If you’ve answered yes to all these questions, you and your child are ready to begin, Here’s how you can get your child prepared. <insert link to Getting your child ready for potty training>.