Are you about to start toilet training your little one? Check out these simple hacks that will hopefully help to make it quick for you.

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  • Best tip – wait until they are ready. I fought so hard to try train my eldest and in the end after trying absolutely everything, I decided to stop, relax, and wait till he wanted to. Best decision ever! It was then an absolute breeze – zero accidents and he was completely nappy free at night within a week. Have learnt my lesson & will certainly not try to force my next 2.


  • Our big challenge was getting him to poop sitting down! In nappies he would put his hands on something in front of him and stand and focus to poop. Took ages for him to get it!


  • I am so not looking forward to training my 19mo son. His big brother was very resistant and still often tries to hold it in for no reason and has accidents.


  • Sounds good for current days. None of my children were still in nappies after 12 months – they didn’t like feeling wet and they virtually trained themselves. Modern pull on pants have wick removing wetness built in, so why should your child bother? He/she doesn’t feel uncomfortable. These would be great innovations for the elderly, but they never come in such a large size, but children need to have a reason to go to the toilet and discomfort is one of those needs.


  • we have just started couple of days ago and so far he is doing a good job, we have pull ups and I just take him down to the toilet every now and then and ask him if he can make the wees come out of his doodle or farts out of his butt hahah he understands that and so far he still doesn’t understand the need to go to the toilet but I think he is getting there slowly


  • Thanks so much for sharing these tips.


  • Haha, those were the days. I remember early into toilet training, things were going well and we attended a Wiggles concert in the city. My son needed to go to the toilet while were in the very long queue to enter. I ran him to a nearby tree/bush space where he refused to wee, so I had to have him hold on while we RACED inside to make it in time. OMG, I remember thinking it was so much easier with nappies and should have considered it on this day. But, I didn’t want to revert back. It worked out well at the time, and my son would never, ever wee anywhere but in the toilet after that.


  • I absolutely hate toilet training!! Three down and one to go.

    • Me too, it’s so time consuming and takes so much patience !
      My 3yr old has Down syndrome and I’m busy with potty training for over a year. Some days go well and she does all her pee’s and pooh’s on the potty/toilet. Other days it’s totally back to square 1 !


  • If a toddler starts to squat when “filling” the nappy it is probably time to start toilet training. More especially when they can tell you they “stink” when in fact they do. Many parents tell their babies and toddlers that or similar wording. Mums don’t realise their little one actually understands why he/she is being told that until they say it themselves and mean it….some by the age of 13 or 14 months.


  • I’m trying to toilettrain my nearly 3 year old. She did really well for a while but at the moment she has such a loose stool and can’t hold it up at all that I’ve the feeling we’re back at square 1…it’s accidents after accidents !


  • I don’t have any tips to add I’m here needing tips at the moment with a 3 year old boy who never has an accident if I leave him dressed on top with only jocks on the bottom but as soon as he has pants or shorts on accident every time. Which is fine when I’m at home but I can’t take him out wearing only jocks.

    • Just hang in there. He will get it eventually.


  • As a childcare worker i see children pushed into toilet training when they just aren’t ready. They don’t understand the feeling of needing to wee/poop. My best tip would be to gently encourage toileting but if they just don’t get it. Try again later.


  • I have used some of her tips but miss 3 is just not interested


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