03/17/2014 12:43 EDT | Updated 05/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Some tips for toilet training a toddler

Potty training a toddler can sometimes be a trying experience for both parents and their little one. Here are some tips from the Canadian Paediatric Society to help successfully make the transition from diapers to using the "big flush."

—Develop a routine: Have your child sit on the potty at specific times during the day, such as first thing in the morning, after meals or snacks, before and after naps, and at bedtime.

—Getting used to the potty: Let your child sit on the potty while fully dressed, and then encourage sitting on it for a few minutes without a diaper.

—Watch for signs your toddler needs to use the toilet. Encourage your child to tell you when he/she needs to go.

—Boys usually learn to pee sitting down first. This is OK .They can learn to urinate standing up later.

—Reading to your child while on the potty may help him/her relax.

—Show your child how to wipe properly. Girls should wipe from front to back. Most will need you to wipe for them, especially after bowel movements, until preschool age.

—Teach your toddler to wash their hands after using the toilet.

—When your child has used the potty successfully for at least a week, suggest they try cotton underpants or training pants. Make this a special moment.