Help! My child won’t sit on the potty!

Help! My child won’t sit on the potty!

You are ready to save money on nappies, you have done your research, brought your potty, and training pants, cleared your are rearing to go! But what happens when your toddler refuses to sit on the potty or toilet?

One of the crucial aspects of toilet training is timing - starting too early can lead to resistance and frustration. Every child is different, and readiness varies from one to another. Typically, toilet training begins around the age of 2, but forcing it too soon can backfire. If your child isn't cooperating, it's essential to recognise their readiness level and be patient.


Reasons they may refuse are:

  • They don’t have the understanding yet of what potty training means
  • They don’t want to miss out on play time and being in a nappy is easier
  • There are too many changes at home, like a new baby, a separation or new childcare
  • They may not be feeling well

It's vital to assess if your child is genuinely ready or simply testing boundaries. Sometimes, gentle persistence is necessary. Establishing a consistent toilet routine can help, incorporating regular potty breaks throughout the day.

Encouraging a positive attitude towards using the toilet by involving the entire household and celebrating small victories can make the process more enjoyable.

Letting your child choose their underwear and reading books together on toilet training can foster a sense of ownership and understanding. While accidents are inevitable, staying calm and supportive is key.

If toilet training becomes a battle, it's okay to take a step back, regroup, and try again when both you and your child are ready. The journey to toilet independence may have its ups and downs, but with patience and encouragement, success is within reach.


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