Once we’ve started…what do we do?
Should I just toilet train during the day or should I also carry it out overnight?
If your child is not staying dry throughout the night, toilet training can start during the daytime hours and you can continue placing your child in a pull-up or diapers overnight. Most children succeed with daytime bladder control before they achieve nap and nighttime dryness.
Should I keep using diapers during the day to minimize accidents?
Once you start toilet training, it is important that your child is in underwear throughout the daytime hours (with the exception of naps if they are still not able to stay dry while they are sleeping). It can be helpful to put them in underwear and clothing that is a size too big to make it easier for them to pull their pants (and underwear) up and down each time they go to the toilet.
Should I give my child more fluids to drink?
In order to increase the number of successes on the potty each day you are going to want to increase fluid intake (more fluid in = more fluid out). Having a variety of options for your child to choose from will make it easier for you to increase their fluid intake. This will help to speed up the training process. The more they practice, the faster they will learn the new routine. It is important to check in with your child’s doctor to find out what amount of fluid intake is considered safe.