Get ready to potty train

The time it takes to potty train depends on the readiness of the child. Medical experts talk about there being a window of opportunity. If you recognise this and start training, the whole process can be far easier and quicker. Starting too early or putting it off can result in potty training taking longer and being more stressful for both the adults and children!

As children get older, they can become dependent on nappies because they find it more convenient to let a parent clear up the mess than have their play disrupted to go to the toilet. Wearing a nappy becomes a portable potty!

As parents we need to intervene at the right time to teach children the right way to go to the toilet. Potty training doesn’t happen by accident, it is a learned process, just like cleaning your teeth. Like anything we need to master, potty training takes time and practice. The is no particular talent for potty training, (despite what some parents tell you!), every child needs to learn it through practice.

This time next week we will be really looking at the signs of readiness ahead of taking the nappy off and following these tips will help increase your chance of success.

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This week’s activities

Go shopping for your potty training kit You will need:

  • A potty for the bathroom and one to stick in a plastic bag when you are out and about
  • Dry Like Me pads – buy them online and SAVE 10%!
  • Lots of pairs of pants
  • Wipes
  • Reward chart and stickersshop offer

Make an assessment – is your little one ready?
  • Look for any patterns in when they have wet nappies, which will help predict when you will need to prompt them to go to the toilet
  • Ideally, you want to see some dry nappies and longer periods between wees as this indicates that they are starting to gain some bladder control

Spot the physical signs of readiness
  • Age – Is your child around the age of 2.
  • Physical independence – can they climb the stairs to the bathroom, take their trousers down?
  • If your child is ill it is a good idea to delay potty training until they are better and able to focus on the task

Are their communication skills ready?
  • Can they follow simple instructions e.g. can you wash your hands?
  • Can they make simple requests e.g. ask for a drink?
  • Do they show signs that they know they are going to do a wee or poo in their nappy?

Put in place a good routine
  • Find the bathroom
  • Turn on the light
  • Lift the loo seat
  • Take down trousers / pants
  • Sit on the loo – See more

Make the bathroom the place
  • Change nappies in the bathroom
  • Put a potty/toilet seat in the bathroom and practise sitting on it for a short time

Let you child get involved
  • Help with clothing
  • Wash hands

Make it exciting
  • Talk positively about potty training and the freedom of not wearing nappies
  • Don’t place them under any pressure