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It is really important that your child is ready to give up using nappies. If they are not, the process can become quite stressful for both parent and child. As with all developmental stages it is only when your child is ready that success can be achieved. You may want to consider waiting if you have recently had a new baby, moved house or your child has started going to nursery to avoid any added pressure.

If possible, it’s a good idea to start when the weather is warm. This means that your child can wear less clothing than normal and you may want to go nappy-free. In the early days your child may not give you much notice before they are ready to use the potty so summer potty training makes the process simpler.

Taking The First Step

It’s often good to stay at home for the first few days of potty training, making it much easier to clear up the odd accident. To begin, familiarise your child with their potty, so let them carry it around with them during the day and involve the potty when playing. You could even sit them on the potty fully clothed and let them read a book or play. At first keep the potty within easy reach during your daily activities but once your child gets into the habit of using it, the potty can be left in the bathroom.

Routine is key in this process. Rather than waiting for your child to tell you when they need to go, you could try to sit your toddler on the potty at regular intervals during the day and especially after meal times to get them used to the idea. Ask your child regularly if they would like to use the potty, but take care not to overwhelm with questioning and look for signs in your child’s behaviour that may indicate they need to use the potty.

Potty training at night

what
happens
at night?

If your child is potty training during the day this may not mean they are automatically trained to get through the night. It could take up to two years for your child to stay completely dry at night time. Continue to use nappies to start with and then move to potty training pants. Pop your child on the potty just before bedtime and as soon as they wake. However, you may want to invest in a waterproof fitted mattress protector to shield their mattress of any accidents.

If your child is potty training during the day this may not mean they are automatically trained to get through the night. It could take up to two years for your child to stay completely dry at night time. Continue to use nappies to start with and then move to potty training pants. Pop your child on the potty just before bedtime and as soon as they wake. However, you may want to invest in a waterproof fitted mattress protector to shield their mattress of any accidents.

Be prepared for set backs

Be ready for the odd accident even when you think you have got it mastered. Carry spare clothing with you and always use potty training pants, especially for long trips when out and about. If you continue to have lots of accidents follow your instincts and be guided by your child. Perhaps take a step back and remember to praise the successes and reassure your child if there are any accidents.

Potty training fun

A potty training reward chart is an ideal way to reward your child and help them understand their potty training journey. Use stickers and place them on the chart or even to decorate their potty after every success. Mimic their favourite toys using the potty to show them how it works and eliminate any fears they may have. Reading a potty related story can also prove successful to get your child engaged. Most importantly relax, stay calm and try to enjoy this new stage with your child. Your child will succeed eventually and those nappy days will soon be just a happy memory!

Choosing
The Right
Products

There are a number of tools you may need when potty training:

When it comes to choosing the right potty training products for your child, there are a few important features you should be looking for. Ensure that the products are easy to clean as you will be doing a lot of this and be sure that they are sturdy with non-slip surfaces to ensure the ultimate safety for your toddler.

Unlike nappies, potty training pants can be pulled up and down by your toddler and really do make them feel like a big girl/boy. Reusable potty training pants will hold small accidents saving outer clothes, socks and shoes from getting wet. But unlike disposable training pants they will not take the moisture away from the skin. Using potty training pants is a vital part of potty training as your child will notice the difference between wet and dry.