Hello!

25 Answers

Just seeing when others started to toilet train their toddlers.


Posted by mom458929, 28th October 2021


Want more real mum questions sent to you?


You'll need to check this email to complete your signup.
Ask your question
  • My 2yo has been pooing in a potty or toilet seat over our big toilet since he was about 17months old.


  • I started introducing toilet time to my daughter when she was 22 months, but never forced it because she wasn’t interested yet. After she turned 2 I encouraged it more and about a month later she told me “toilet time” and it’s stuck ever since. She’s 2.5 now and only wears a nappy at nap time and if we’re in the car for a long time but she will usually hold them till she can use a toilet.


  • Both of mine trained themselves when ready. I tried at two but it was too early. Around the time they were 3 – 3 1/2 they wanted to use the toilet and it only took two weeks or so to get the hang of it. Knowing the right amount of toilet paper to use though is still an ongoing battle.


  • I feel there is never a good age. You just need to see them interested and understanding the concept. Otherwise you will try forever with no luck and can be VERY frustrating. If you try and doesn’t work a couple of times then he/she might need more time.


  • My boy is 15months and we are just starting now the weather is warming up. We nailed the first try but little Mr thinks it’s hilarious if he can wee on me on the way to the potty ????


  • All my children were different. My first basically toilet trained herself & was completely nappy free by 15 months. My son was still having accidents when starting preschool & my youngest daughter was about 2 before she showed any signs of being ready to start training. I think the best way to gauge if they are ready is when they recognise or tell you when they have wet or soiled their nappy or if they show an interest in using a potty or toilet. If they have no control or recognition then they are not ready. I found that summer was a great time to start because you could be outside, with or without pants & have a potty fully accessible for them to use. Pull-ups are also great as long as you treat them like underwear & not nappies. When at work & toilet training the children, we take them to the toilet every half hour. Change them if they have an accident without a negative response & praise them when they use the toilet. Some children have a treat they eat & others have a sticker chart…what ever works for them.


  • My son was about twelve months and used to like to not wear a nappy and I grabbed the potty when I sat on the toilet he used to like sitting on his potty and I used to praise him and tell him he was a big boy if he did anything in it. So it was so easy to leave the potty where he could just sit on it and go and then I got him on the big toilet with the insert for him to sit on it and he used to stand on a little stool to wee in the toilet. But every child is different but I would start around a year old and see how you go.


  • My son was almost 3. My daughter was 2.5 .looks for clue for readiness.


  • I tried around the age of 2… can’t recall exactly, but this seems to ring a bell!


  • We’ve kind of started already. We started (very loosely!) doing EC from about 4 or 5 months. So every nappy change we sit her on the potty and when she goes we reinforce it with verbal feedback and praise. I’m hoping it’ll make the process much easier when she’s ready to go without nappies.


  • Not an answer, just wanted to say good question. My son is 1r months so we are not there yet. But I have been wondering this so reading these answers is helpful


  • I tried at 2 years, but none of my kids would have a bar of it till they were 4. But then they trained almost overnight.


  • I’d say start at around 2 ..that way they learn quicker ????


  • Anytime from 2 years on wards when your child fully understands & likes to be praised for been a big kid! It’s helpful if your also able to stay at home in the first week or so, just until they have the confidence to get to the bathroom on time.


  • We started at 3 years when she was ready and keen to try sitting on the potty without prompt. She got the hang of it quickly because she was ready for it and only had 1 accident.


Post you answer
Like Facebook page

LIKE MoM on Facebook

What is your answer to that question?
Would you like to include a photo?
No picture uploaded yet.
Please wait to see your image preview here before hitting the submit button.
Your MoM account


Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your answer and join MoM:

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating
Join