Who said potty training your child is going to be easy!!
Potty training certainly isn’t one of the easiest challenges that parents face but with a few good helpful tips from those of us that have successfully conquered potty training to get toddlers out of nappies and into knickers, hopefully it will feel a little less daunting!
The most common question asked regarding potty training is when is the right time to begin potty training? How to start potty training and how will I cope when I have to go out the front door!
So here are a few good potty training tips to help with this process!
Don’t start potty training your child too early. If you try when they are too young, you could be setting yourself up for a long and painful process. Ideally, your child should be able to recognise and tell you that they need to go to the toilet and, to avoid endless accidents, have the ability to hold on long enough to reach the potty. But there is no harm in getting your toddler used to sitting on a potty, as long as you make it fun and just for a few minutes.
Many children will start to dislike the feeling of a wet nappy. They may start to pull at it or want you to change them. I do say most children reach this stage of development between the ages of two and three years – a few parents do manage to train their children before this age but it often involves the constant asking of the question, ‘Do you need the toilet?’
The length of time a younger child can ‘hang on’ is also extremely short and so leads to frantic dashes around the house to reach the potty in time. If you can wait until they are just that little bit older, the exercise will becomes easier, quicker and certainly less stressful for all concerned!
Once you feel the time is right for potty training I would recommend you buy a couple of potty’s, one for upstairs and one for downstairs that way it is always in easy reach. Talking to your child about what the potty’s are for is really important, there are some really good children’s story books that explain this really well.
So start by reading the book with your child for about a week before you start the potty training process, a book I remember we used at our nursery school was ‘I want my Potty’ simple and easy to understand with great illustrations.
I would start by sitting your child on the potty from time to time to get them used to it and talk about how grown up they are becoming, a good time is after meal times and before bath time. (Both boys and girls should sit on the potty to start with – boys will master standing up later on!)
Involving your child in every step is so important so it’s worth noting that the mention of wearing big boy or girl pants, knickers (and a special shopping trip to buy some) is usually a good incentive to kids to start taking an interest in the potty! They love choosing their own pants & knickers! I would buy some cheap ones in the beginning as they may get through quite a few in the early days, and some you might need to throw away!
One thing I forgot to mention is set aside a week when you can focus on starting potty training with your child. Make sure it’s a week without lots of trips out & about, a week when you are around the home a bit more so your child can feel safe, secure and comfortable in their own surroundings, this really helps!
Take the nappy off your little one when you are at home when they wake up is a good time before they get dressed, after lunch and before bath time! Many parents choose to potty train in the summer as its easier to let your child run around with their nappy off.
Make sure you have lots of changes of clothes to hand, easy items to pull down quickly, tracksuit bottoms are great or shorts if the weather is warm – there’s nothing worse than seeing a toddler struggle with zips and buttons when they’re desperate to sit on the potty. That’s an accident in the making!
Giving your child praise is so important, so praise for sitting on the potty to start with is good, so using wording like ‘good sitting’ helps and once you start to get results be animated with your praise, referring to what your child has achieved!
Don’t get angry when accidents happen, they will happen its all part of the learning process for your child. If your child has an accident stay calm, clear up and say we just need to get to the potty a little quicker next time.
During potty training don’t let your child fall asleep for their daytime nap without a nappy on, as this is almost certain to result in accidents. It will take a while before they are ready for this stage.
But do remove their nappy as soon as they wake up, taking them to the potty to sit on, they may not do anything in the beginning but they will start to get used to this routine. Being dry at night can take a lot longer to master so don’t worry about attempting this for a while, they need to be completely dry during the day first!
A sign that they may be ready for night-time training is when you consistently have dry nappies in the morning.
Once your child has had a good week of potty training and they are having successes you can now tackle taking your child out and about. This can be tricky and a little stressful, particularly in the early stages, as you are frequently going to be some way from a toilet when you hear those words, ‘I need a wee!’ I would say it so worth buying a few products that will help with trips out & about and journeys in the car.
Firstly, pull up trainer pants, I am personally not a fan of these pants as kids just use them as a nappy but when you are in the car or at the shops they will absorb any accidents! Slip them on before the trip and remove them as soon as you are back.
Don’t treat them like nappies as such, as you want your child to understand that they shouldn’t ‘go’ in them unless they really have to – always use a potty or toilet if one is available or in reach.
Also taking a potty with you will definitely help with trips out, very handy and you will find your child will get very attached to their own potty. I used to find at the nursery that I ran that many mums would bring their child’s own potty from home during potty training time as they feel most comfortable on their own potty!
Once your child is ready to move onto the toilet you may want to then take a toilet seat out with you, these are great for public toilets, or taking to friends or family houses.
Once you are ready for night-time training I would recommend a mattress protector, as most children will have accidents at night and a mattress protector will withstand hundreds of hot washes!
And lastly if you find after a week, potty training isn’t going well then don’t worry about it! Perhaps have a break and delay the training for a few weeks and try again, it’s about being consistent, persistent and patient with your child and giving them a bit of time to master this skill! And remember they all get there in the end!!!
I have included some good advice from LumPotti, designers and manufactures of the new sensor light potty that really helps with day and night potty training.
At LumiPotti we talk about ‘Total Toilet Training’ because really, a child is not toilet trained until they are able to wake themselves at night to toilet independently. Just like adults do. It is a stage in childhood development. It is a milestone, both for the parent and the child. And it means totally dry.
For parents, total toilet training marks the end of the extra £££’s spent on nappies. It’s the end of wipes and bed mats.
Total toilet training can also mean the first real undisturbed nights sleep in years.
Consistency: One potty to fit all stages of toilet training. Toilet training is not just day dry. Unlike other potties, LumiPotti is ideal from day one, to night training and on to independent toileting.
Persistence: LumiPotti encourages your child to expect the next stage of training. It helps children move on at their own pace, building the confidence to put day dry success into night-time and onto night walks to the bathroom.
Independence: Children love to do things themselves. LumiPotti is a great and safe way to foster your child’s independence. The removable night light makes the ideal portable night light they’ll love to use for years to come.
What is LumiPotti?
Day to night dry, LumiPotti is the only potty to encourage children’s natural progress through every stage of toilet training.
Why buy LumiPotti?
Toilet training is more than just dry days. LumiPotti helps children stay nappy free, daytime into naptime. But unlike other potties, LumiPotti doesn’t stop at day dry.
How does LumiPotti work?
LumiPotti’s innovative, movement activated night light helps children master night dryness.
LumiPotti Light illuminates to guide your child safely to the potty, helping grow their confidence as they go nappy free at night.
Night dry mastered, LumiPotti Light becomes a portable night-light for that final stage, the independent night walk to the bathroom.
LumiPotti’s removable night-light helps children find their way for years to come.