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Toilet and Potty Training Resources

Toilet Training resources

The Bladder & Bowel UK leaflets here are suitable for children with typical development and for those whose children have additional needs.

Toilet and Potty Training

Becoming toilet trained is an important milestone for most children. However, many families have lots of questions about how to start working on the skills that their child will need to learn to use the potty. The information here will help provide you with the answers.

Children with additional needs can usually start to work on the skills for toilet or potty training at about the same chronological age as all children. Therefore, the information in the section below is likely to be helpful for you.

Potty Training Programmes

Ready or Not: When to Start Toilet Training

Talk About Going to the Toilet

Toilet Training: A Skill Development Programme

Understanding Getting Ready – Potty Training


Toilet Training Children with Additional Needs

The information provided here will help you to understand the extra help and support that some children with additional needs may need to learn to use the toilet or potty.  The information in the leaflets may be helpful for all children, although some of the leaflets are designed for children with named conditions.

Toilet Training Children with Autism and Related Conditions – Parents

Toilet Training Children with Autism and Related Conditions – Professionals and Carers

Top Tips for Potty Training Children with Down Syndrome and Other Learning Disabilities

Using a Wetting Alarm for Toilet Training


Pants4School Top Toileting Tips

Pants4School are resources developed with Positive About Down Syndrome to help toilet training children with learning disabilities. The aim is to enable children with Down syndrome to be toilet ready for school.

Families of children with other learning disabilities, or whose children who do not have additional needs, but who are finding toilet training challenging, may also find this information helpful.

Encouraging Drinks

Frequently Asked Questions – Potty Training and Continence FAQ

How Long on the Potty

How Much to Drink and How Many Wees a Day?

Readiness for Toilet Training

Step 1 – Setting the Scene

Step 2 – Developing the Skills Needed

Step 3 – Identifying Patterns

Step 4 – Using the Toilet for Wee or Poo

Think Balloon

Toilet rules age 1

Toilet rules age 2

Toilet rules age 3

When to Visit the Potty


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