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Toilet readiness


Anticipatory guidance with a child-oriented approachSigns of a child’s toilet learning readiness


  • Able to walk to the potty chair (or adapted toilet seat)

  • Stable while sitting on the potty (or adapted toilet seat)

  • Able to remain dry for several hours

  • Receptive language skills allow the child to follow simple (one- and two-step) commands

  • Expressive language skills permit the child to communicate the need to use the potty (or adapted toilet seat) with words or reproducible gestures

  • Desire to please based on positive relationship with caregivers

  • Desire for independence, and control of bladder and bowel function




Canadian Pediatric Society

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