10 Tips for Successful Toileting
1. Signs of readiness
– Dry for 2hrs
– Follows simple instructions
– Identifying wet and dirty
– Shows interest in toilet/potty
– Independently undressing and dressing bottom half
2. Willingness – encourage involvement and responsibility. “You are the boss of your wee and poo”.
3. Visual cues – books, animations cue cards role modelling and experiments.
4. Increase fluids to create great sensations.
5. Make it fun – have a toy box next to the toilet. Play toilet games.
6. Avoid building resistance – do not demand, nag, punish or hover. Allow privacy and room to process this new skill.
7. Expect accidents and view them as a teaching opportunity. Involve them in cleanup and encourage a toilet practice after the accident.
8. Praise every time they sit on the potty/toilet even if all they do is sit there. The goal is helping them connect the feelings of needing to use the toilet with going and using it
9. Use reflective language -language that helps the child identify when they have the urge to wee and p.p.
10. Keep expectations reasonable. It often takes months to master a new skill
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”