For some girls toilet training will be a breeze. For others it can feel like a bit of a rollercoaster ride. In general, girls tend to pick up toilet training quicker than boys. No one really knows why, but some doctors hypothesise that it’s because a girl’s desire to be clean kicks in earlier than a boy’s.

However, if your daughter struggles with toilet training, remember to support them and give them lots of positive encouragement. Every child progresses with toilet training at a unique pace.

Arm yourself with the right knowledge and tools to give you and your daughter the best chance at succeeding with toilet training.

When to start toilet training girls

The best time to start training your daughter is when she is ready. At about age two to two-and-a-half, girls typically show signs of being ready to start toilet training. If your little girl isn’t quite ready by the time she is three, be patient, it’s OK to start a bit later.

When your daughter starts communicating about her nappy, use this new conversation point to your advantage. Now is a good time to get her familiar with how “big girls” go to the toilet.

Toilet training girls step-by-step

When you think your little girl is ready to give toilet training a go, take these simple toilet training steps to help make this new learning process fun.

1. Lead by example

When you notice that your daughter starts to really listen to you, feel free to start explaining toilet business to her. Even before she is ready, just watching you on the toilet is a great way to get her thinking about what mum does. Imitation is one of the most common ways that toddlers learn new skills.

2. Explain her potty responsibilities

It’s a good idea to start toilet training with a potty that your daughter knows she is responsible for – it helps if she chose it. From a very young age, a girl’s caregiving instinct kicks in. Emphasising that your daughter is responsible for looking after her potty can be great motivation during training. Try encouraging her to teach her favourite toy how to use the potty too.

3. Use the tools at your disposal

Getting out of nappies and into “Big Girl” undies is a big step for little girls. Letting your daughter experiment with Pull-Ups while she is learning will help her look and feel every bit like the “Big Kid” she wants to be.

4. Reward her success

All children love to be recognised for a job well done. Little girls, more so than boys, love to know when they’ve been helpful. Always commend your little girl’s potty successes. You can also create a pretty sticker chart where she can build a collection to be proud of.

Tips for encouraging girls to use her potty

Here are some ways to help make toilet training more appealing for little girls:

  • Dress her in helpful clothes. When she is in training make sure your daughter can easily pull her pants down when she needs to go.
  • Tell her stories. Help her focus while she is on the potty and tell her stories. Stories about princesses or heroines that involve a potty will be extra helpful.
  • Use her favourite toy. If she is struggling or feeling shy about using her potty, use your daughter’s favourite toy as an example. Seeing teddy on the potty might make her more inclined to give it a go herself.