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Toilet Training

Toilet training for toddlers and children

Welcome to your toilet training basecamp – a one stop shop for all your toilet and potty training information needs.

We understand that those early years of your parenting lives can be overwhelming and stressful, and sometimes just downright crazy!
And then – all of a sudden – your child is walking and talking and could be ready to start learning how to use the toilet. Yikes!

At the Mars Clinic, our continence physiotherapists have noticed that a lot of the information we give to parents and families, while treating continence problems, is information that could be highly useful for the everyday parent starting the toilet training or potty training journey with their toddler or child.

So, when parents tell us they feel stressed and anxious around this time, and they feel worried they might not be doing the right thing – we see this as a unique opportunity to provide expert support and guidance.

There can be a lot of conflicting information around, and it can be hard to work out exactly what is right for you and your child or what information you can trust.

It is okay to need a little bit of help. And that is where we come in.

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On this website…

Our aim is to provide you with relevant information that you can apply to your individual situation. We genuinely believe there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

We have lots of information to share with you, including:

If you need additional support, we can provide that too – through our Toilet Training Program or through a consultation with one of our experienced continence physiotherapists.

Continue scrolling to browse through our toilet training information!

Normal Toileting & Toilet Training

Learn more about the development of typical bladder and bowel function, and how that relates to your child’s progression through toilet training.

"How To" Guides

How should I start?
What do I do on day 1? Should I use a reward program? How do I leave the house for the first time?
Gain valuable ideas with our “How To” guides.

Equipment & Supplies

Unsure of what equipment you need for toilet training?
Read on for insights into our must-have items as well as info on some popular toilet training “gadgets”.

Common Challenges

Toilet training does not always go to plan. See examples of common challenges encountered by many families, and frequently asked questions during toilet training.

How can Mars Clinic help?

At the Mars Clinic, we help parents with professional advice, tailored to your child’s specific problem. We offer:

  • Objective assessment of the problem and its potential causes
  • Information that you can trust
  • Strategies that suit your family life
  • Adaptable solutions to help you through the whole journey
  • Non-judgmental advice
  • Support, validation and reassurance

Hannah is one of our many kids that has been diagnosed with constipation from when she was a baby. Hannah is now 6 years old. It has always taken a lot of time and energy from her parents – remembering to give her the medication she needs, tracking when she goes to the toilet, making sure she’s not getting worse. The family’s morning routine is already hurried and this adds extra stress and tension on the whole family. Hannah doesn’t like taking the medication and the constant talk about poo, and at times she is resistant and doesn’t want do what her parents ask of her.

Before coming to Mars Clinic, Hannah’s parents were tired and exhausted by the multiple medical appointments with still no clear answer as to why Hannah was still having soiling accidents daily.

Our approach to treatment involves:
Understanding the problem and how it’s impacting your family
Tests and scans in our clinic
Home-based recordings
Diagnosis of the causes and contributing factors
Creating an Action Plan for treatment
Supporting you through your journey

What makes us different?

Mars Clinic is recognised as the Australian leader in the treatment of incontinence for children and adolescents.

  • Australia’s largest team of trained professionals
  • Internationally recognised as Best Children’s Bladder Control & Treatment Specialists

With our non-invasive, cutting-edge technologies, we are able to provide advanced diagnostic and treatment services at our in-person clinics. These include:

  • Scans and measurements, using diagnostic ultrasound and uroflowmetry, to determine how well the bladder and bowel hold and empty
  • Muscle activity measurement, using urodynamics and EMG biofeedback, to test how well pelvic muscles coordinate during toileting
  • TENS treatment to help children learn to feel and recognise bladder and bowel sensations
  • Specialised biofeedback treatment, based on children’s video games, to help children learn correct pelvic muscle control

We are here to help!

Come into our local clinics, or Online anywhere


UQ Health Care – Annerley
Level 4, PACE Building (street level) 20 Cornwall Street

P. 07 3346 1768
F. 07 3392 2611


Woolworths Brookwater Village
Mater Health Centre
16/2 Tournament Drive

P. 07 3199 3211
F. 07 3199 3220

South Brisbane

Mater Medical Centre
Suite 40, Level 7
293 Vulture Street

P. +617 3163 1188
F. +617 3163 1192
E. mail@marsclinic.com.au

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P. 07 3163 1188

A team you can trust

We are very proud of our large team of Mars Clinic professionals.

  • Registered physiotherapists
  • Additional training in pelvic health (adults and children)
  • Completed our Advanced Practice Mars Clinic Training Program
  • Completed assessment competencies in Functional Ultrasound, EMG Biofeedback, use of TENS Modulation therapy
  • Attend our regular ongoing Mars Clinic training, including education meetings with Paediatric Specialists

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