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Once we’ve started – what will it look like?

How often should they be sitting on the toilet?
Every 15 minutes to start then increase as your child is no longer having accidents, is able to carry out the steps of the toileting routine with or without guidance (pants down, sitting on the toilet, wiping, pulling pants up, flushing the toilet, washing hands). As your child is able to hold their pee and bowel movements for longer periods of time, the amount of time between sittings will increase gradually. Eventually, the goal is for them to go to the bathroom when the need to.

How long should they be sitting on the toilet each time?
Initially your child will be sitting on the toilet for about 10 minutes. This is just to increase the likelihood that they will be successful in peeing or pooping in the toilet. After the first few trips to the potty, you will want to shorten the time they are sitting to 5 minutes. After they finish sitting on the potty you will want to prompt them to stand up, wipe (front to back), pull up their pants, flush the toilet (if they went) and wash and dry their hands.