Don't try before they're ready.
Children need to be both physically and emotionally ready to start using the toilet on their own. The average age is usually between 22 and 30 months, but some might take longer to be able to handle the motor skills and body awareness that's required for bladder control. Watch for regular bowel movements and a willingness on their part to take on the big kid pants.
It may take three months or more to fully toilet train your child, especially through the night. School age kids need 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night (although the average is around 9.5), which can be a long time to hold it in. You can also make accident cleanup much easier by investing in potty training sheets and a waterproof mattress protector for their bed.
Many experienced parents recommend small rewards for every successful go on the toilet, such as a penny or a snack. For successful bowel movements in the toilet, offer something a little extra like a nickel or a favorite meal.
It's important to have an end goal in mind, too, so that your child doesn't go on expecting rewards for every time they go. Promise them a big reward once they can go a week without any accidents at all -- maybe a set of kids fitted sheets and pillowcases in their favorite color or a new set of big-kid underwear with their favorite cartoon character on them.
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Toilet training is one of the most important, stressful, and ultimately rewarding milestones of early parenthood. Getting your child to use the bathroom on their own and freeing yourself from the cost of diapers is worth the struggle alone. But many parents still have a hard time getting their children potty trained. Need help? Here's some advice to help your child "go" right from the start.