A Treasury of Child-Rearing Advice

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Material Compilation: Sendai City Ayashi Nursery, Ochiai Nursery, Kumagane Nursery
Material Provision: Nursery Section, Children’s Future Bureau, City of Sendai
Editing and Translation: Sendai International Relations Association


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Age 1

Toilet Training (1 year)

Take on toilet training calmly and don’t be impatient. Even if your child has accidents, don’t scold them.

Steps in Toilet Training

(1) If your child doesn’t object, have her sit on the potty.

When they first wakes up and when their diaper is dry are chances! Try decorating the potty to make it fun!

(2) Watch for signs that your child has to go

Watch for actions like squirming or holding their crotch that indicate that your child has to go to the bathroom.

(3) Celebrate together when they go to the bathroom

Help your child become aware of “pee,” the feeling of peeing and the sound it makes.

(4) Moving from diapers to underpants

Aim to switch when your child can use the toilet about half of the time.

★Start working on moving from diapers to underpants when your child starts going about once every two hours. Forcing your child to go will have the opposite effect. If nothing comes out after 2-3 minutes, call it quits.


  • If you change your child’s diaper at the same time every day, it’s easier to tell how often your child goes.
  • Toilet training begins with diaper-changing time. Help your child become aware of good and bad feelings by saying things like, “Eww, stinky!” or “All clean! That’s better.”