Potty training is often a lot more daunting for parents than it is for children, but both can feel the pressure. One of the problems is recognising when the child is ready, but there is plenty of help available and it’s always worth having a chat with your health visitor, friends and your own family too. While everyone will have advice it’s worth remembering that everyone is different, just thank everyone and you decide your own path to take on your journey.
Your Child Will Guide You
Look out for signs that indicate that your child might be ready for potty training.
- Show interest in the toilet and they ask about using it, or try to climb on!
- Start grabbing their nappy when they need to go to the toilet
- Are dryer for longer periods in the day time
- They hide when they are doing a poo
Talk to your child about all things toilet and let them watch you when you go (most parents have little say in this as children often follow their parents into the bathroom). Talk to your child about potty training and make it a fun adventure. Go and buy a potty together, pick out new underwear and buy a seat to sit on the toilet. Let them be involved, read books together that cover the topic and let them get used to having the potty around and sitting on it.
Night time training doesn’t often take place at the same time and it can take a lot longer to get the hang of. Some parents decide to use training pants or nappies or just go for complete nappy free nights. What you decide is up to you, there’s no right or wrong.
Tip – Potty training is easier during the warmer months of the year as they wear less clothing that can be troublesome to get off in time. It’s also useful for drying clothes and sheets quickly without having to use the tumble dryer constantly.
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