One skill children need to learn is when and how to use the toilet. Here are general toilet training tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help parents and children begin the process. If your children have special health care needs, some tips may need to be modified. Contact your children’s doctor if you need specific guidance. Also, in this publication, urine may be called pee, and bowel movements may be called poop or stools.

Toilet training is a process that involves the body and the mind.

Toilet training may come up during children’s 18-month, 2-year, 2½-year, and 3-year well-child visits. The average age toilet training begins in the United States is between 2 and 3 years of age. Most children in the United States are bowel and bladder trained by 4 years of age. However, toilet training can begin as soon as parents and children want to start....

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