5 potty training tips


It’s eight days since we started potty training our toddler. It wasn’t the carefully planned out approach we did with our son; it was a spur of the moment decision after weeks of nappy time tantrums. 

At 6am last Saturday, I admitted defeat after 20 minutes of trying to wrestle a nappy onto the toddler. I said “Okay, let’s try pants instead then” and the decision was made. 

So, second time around, and just over one week in, I thought I would share our five top tips for any of you who may be embarking on this adventure soon.

1. Supplies

Think of the number of pants you will need and double it. Do the same for trousers/tights. And socks. Because when an accident happens, socks can get a soaking too. Don’t forget your cleaning supplies too.

2. Patience

This is vital. Luckily, as a parent, you will have already developed saint-like patience skills. Boy, you’re going to need them. 

You’ll also need to draw on your negotiation skills. Toddlers can be hard to negotiate with at the best of times and, in my experience, potty training can bring their stubbornness to the fore.

3. Praise

You will need to praise like never before. Our toddler has to have a round of applause with each successful potty visit. She also likes a high five. Positive praise really helps to reinforce that they have done well. 

Reward stickers have been popular with our children too. My daughter is thrilled to get a Frozen sticker after every successful trip.

4. Resources 

As well as potties and toilet training seats, we have found portable potties to be super helpful for when you embark on the nerve-shredding milestone of leaving the house. The pottete is a popular option, but we like the My Carry Potty. It’s leak proof, which is brilliant for those dreaded caught-short-nowhere-near-a-loo moments.

5. Nerves of steel

Nothing prepares you for how nervousness you will feel when you’re taking a child who is potty-training to soft play. No matter how many times you coax them to have a toilet trip, they will usually decide they need a wee when they are in the furthest and highest recesses of the soft play equipment. That requires Usain Bolt-level speed as you run the gauntlet between the ball pool and the loo. But it gets easier as both they and you get into the swing of this potty training malarkey.

So if you will be potty training your child soon, good luck. Like many aspects of parenting, it’s not easy, but you will feel so proud when they get to grips with it. 

How did you find potty training? What are your top tips?

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