When to start toilet training? Is there a magic “toilet training age”?

April 23, 2018

When to start toilet training? Is there a magic “toilet training age”?

When I started toilet training it was because I did not want to have two kids in nappies anymore. I thought my son seemed old enough to start wearing undies. I had no idea if he was ready – but I sure was.

  • I was ready to save money by saying goodbye to buying two sets of nappies each week.
  • I was ready to get him into a private kindy that required him to be toilet trained to be accepted.
  • I was ready to stop the “nappy changing wars”, which involved me giving him a toy, singing and trying to make him keep still as he rolled around trying to run off,
  • I was feeling pressure from my son’s grandparents who all said that the kids were toilet trained a lot earlier ‘in their day’.

“Some children learn to use complex electronic devices before they achieve continence”

– explains Anna Christie from the University of New South Wales. In her 2010 research she found 51% of Australian children studied were fully toilet trained during the day by three years old compared to 97% in 1960.

The reality is because of advanced disposable nappy technology coupled with a mobile busy world with lots of kids in structured early childhood environments; there is a changing landscape on the toilet training front compared to the previous generations..

Many parents are given the message “just wait until they are ready”. But what does that look like for your child?

Toilet training does not start at a ‘magic age’, it is a stage.

Just like every developmental stage, kids go through it at different times.

Your child will be showing you through their behaviour that they are ready to abandon daytime nappies. 

Download our "Toilet Training Readiness" Checklist:

We have a list for you of things to look for in your child's behaviour that will help you work out how close you are to being ready to make the move towards ​a nappy-free bot bot.

Hear our amazing Toilet Training Mumma - Laura Morley interviewed about the right age to Start Potty Training

 

..... and if you are ready, we have some great Toilet Training tools ..... hot tip, the Toilet Training Game rocks to help get you and your little one ready to potty train:

 

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