Fear of the Potty Chair or Toilet

Some toddlers are afraid of sitting on a potty chair or toilet because they’re not sure what will happen when they do.

Let your child explore the potty or toilet in the way or time she wants to. Don’t push the issue, but do explain that the toilet is simply a place to sit and go to the bathroom.

Read children’s picture books about using the potty to help normalize it for your toddler. Reassure him that it’s safe and that you use it too. In time, your child want to as well.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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