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Potty and Toilet Training

Coping with potty training

Potty training doesn’t always go smoothly. Keep these tips in mind and go easy on yourself:

  • Try to stay calm. Your child will be looking to you to know how to feel and react, so let them know it’s OK.
  • Praise is the best teacher! Let them know they’ve done well, followed instructions or try something new.
  • Remember your child can only do what you explain. Give short, clear instructions so they know what behaviour you want from them.
  • Don’t make a fuss about accidents – we all make mistakes. Let your child know it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
  • Be patient. Encourage your child not to give up (and take to your own advice!).
  • Tell relatives and other carers about your potty training routine so your child doesn’t get confused by grown ups doing different things.
  • Don’t rush the process – potty training can take weeks or months. Keep repeating your routine as long as you need to.

If you find potty training challenging, remember you’re not alone – there are people and organisations who can help. In the meantime, just stick to your routine: however you feel about the challenges, let your child feel comfortable and calm with the process. It all comes together with time!

Want more advice or support?

You can talk via online chat to our family support workers and get advice specific to your situation and your family.

Visit www.actionforchildren.org.uk/talk

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