How to potty train a toddler?

Potty Training a Toddler

Potty training a toddler can be quite a daunting process, as it requires patience and determination. With the right steps, however, teaching your child how to use the potty can be a fun and rewarding experience for both of you.

Step 1: Get Ready

Determine when your toddler is ready to master the potty. Generally speaking, children can begin to use the potty from 18 to 30 months old. Signs of readiness include:

  • Able to follow simple directions
  • Shows interest in wearing underwear
  • Alerts you when he/she needs to go

Step 2: Introduce the Potty

First, purchase a potty with a comfortable seating area and a nearby step stool. Talk to your toddler about what the potty is used for, and encourage him/her to sit on it.

You can also try using a sticker chart, allowing the child to fill in a sticker each time he/she successfully uses the potty. Then the child earns a reward, such as a sticker or a small toy. It is important to celebrate successes, rather than punishing mistakes.

Step 3: Establish a Bathroom Routine

Do your best to create a regular routine for using the potty. This includes regularly taking your toddler to the potty, especially after nap times and meals. Parents should remember that accidents are normal, and that distractions can cause a child to forget

Step 4: Stay Positive

Be patient and encouraging throughout the potty training process. Be mindful to not use negative language or punishment. If accidents occur, remain calm and redirect your child back to the potty.

Potty training can be difficult for both children and parents. But remember to focus on successes and stay positive throughout the process. With patience and dedication, your child will be an expert of the potty in no time!


Mostafa Saady, Egyptian Software Engineer, supersonic self-learner and teacher, fond of learning and exploring new technologies and science. As a self-taught professional I really know the hard parts and the difficult topics when learning new or improving on already-known languages. This background and experience enables me to focus on the most relevant key concepts and topics.

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