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Toileting

There is no set age for when to stop using nappies, but children usually show signs they are ready to use a toilet or a potty between 18 months and 3 years.

Some of the following are signs that your child may be ready:

  • Your child notices when they are doing a wee or poo, or when they think they need the toilet
  • If they are able to sit down on a toilet or potty and get back up again
  • You notice that your child stays dry for 1-2 hours or longer.
  • Remember all children are different in learning this new skill, so be patient

What you can do to help

Communicate and educate

  • Talk to your child about weeing and pooing so they understand what is happening
  • Look at books about toileting together 
  • Choose a time to start when there are few other changes happening for your child (moving house, new baby, starting nursery or preschool)
  • Talk to your child about the PANTS underwear rule *Click Here*
  • Encourage your child to sit on the toilet or potty so they get used to it 
  • Give praise to your child as they make progress

 

Who can help?

If you’re worried about your child, a health professional in our team will be able to offer advice and support. You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation. If your aged 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635 443

**Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays**

 

  


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