Parent & Child

Algoma Public Health

Toilet Training

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DID YOU KNOW: Children may not be fully night trained until 8 years of age.


Many parents look forward to when their child is toilet trained and no longer needs diapers. It is important to remember that children will learn to use the toilet when they are ready.


When are children ready for toilet training?

  • Say they are wet or soiled or want to go to the toilet
  • Wait or control the urge to wet or soil
  • Show an interest in the toilet or a do not want to wet or soil their diaper
  • Undress or pull their own pants down


Most children will be fully day trained between 2 1/2 and 4 years of age.


Children may not be fully night trained until 8 years


Key Steps:

  • Keep in mind when your child is ready they will learn to use the toilet, do not rush toilet training
  • Use a potty or a toilet with a seat ring and a step
  • Put children in underwear to support toilet training
  • Explain the steps of using the toilet to your child
  • Encourage your child to sit on the toilet
  • Do not insist if your child does not want to sit on the toilet
  • Praise your child when they follow the steps and/or use the toilet
  • Stay calm if your child has an accident
  • If toilet training becomes upsetting, take a break for a couple of weeks and try again!


Source: Triple P Positive Training Program, Triple P Tip Sheet (2010)


Date of Creation: June 1, 2015

Last Modified: June 1, 2015