Toilet Training

Is your child ready to use a toilet?

Children are usually ready for toilet training around ages 18-24 months old. They often let you know that they are ready by letting you know when their diapers need changing.

You should be prepared to commit to three months of daily encouragement.

Successful trips to the toilet should be rewarded. Missteps shouldn't get as much attention. Training requires patience. If it is not successful, it may mean your child is not ready.

Many children wet the bed until they are 5 or even older. A child's bladder might be too small. Or the amount of urine produced overnight can be more than the bladder can hold. Some children sleep too deeply or take longer to learn bladder control.

Children should not be punished for wetting the bed. They don't do it on purpose, and most outgrow it. Until then, bed-wetting alarms, bladder training and medicines might help.

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Last updated: 5/13/2022