The most important thing when it comes to potty training according to our potty training tips is to wait until your child is ready before you start potty training.
If you hold on, then the whole process is quicker and less stressful for everyone. Don’t be pressured into starting training too early just because it feels like everyone else’s child has already begun.
We have made a list of our best potty training tips from mothers who have been there and done that to make the transition a little easier for you.
It can be difficult to know how and when and when your friend’s toddler is potty trained already when your child is nowhere near; it can leave you feeling deflated.
Please remember that all children are different and will potty train in their own time.
While we refer to potty training, some kids don’t ever use the potty; they go straight to the toilet, there are individual steps designed for young children.
The NHS site says: Children are able to control their bladder and bowels when they’re physically ready and when they want to be dry and clean. Every child is different, so it’s best not to compare your child with others.
Most children can control their bowels before their bladder
By the age of two, some kids will be dry during the day, but this is still quite early
By the age of three, 9 out of 10 children are dry most days – even then, all children have the odd accident, especially when they’re excited, upset or absorbed in something else
By the age of four, most children are reliably dry
It usually takes a little longer to learn to stay dry throughout the night. Although most children learn this between the ages of three and five, it is estimated that a quarter of three-year-olds and one in six five-year-olds wet the bed.
Many mothers question when to start potty training, and I guess there is no firm answer.
I asked the mums on my Facebook mums group to give me their tips.
WHEN TO START POTTY TRAINING
- When the child knows and can feel when they need to go
- Sticker charts worked well for my little girl
- Going shopping specifically just to buy big girl/boys pants
- Don’t push them; they do it when they are ready
- I gave my little girl a raisin ever time she did a wee or poo, and with my little boy it was chocolate not so healthy, but it worked
- Unfortunately, I have gone for the unhealthy option. He gets a chocolate button for a wee and 2 for a poo. Works a dream and he’s only just turned 2
- Give your child a potty to play with way before potty training, so they are not scared of it
- Not every child will use a potty some will go straight to the toilet, so also get a potty training toilet seat
- Praise, go over the top when your child has been for a wee or poo and even add sticker charts or treats
- Let them do it at their pace
- Keep the potty in the bathroom, so they know where to go and get into a routine with it and don’t just think they’ll always be able to go anywhere and everywhere
- Praise them for trying even if they ‘don’t go.’
- Let them go with you / siblings etc
- Don’t tell off if they have accidents praise and suggest they try and get it in the potty/toilet next time
- Remember every child is different
- Every night when you read a bedtime story have them sit on the potty, and they do it relaxed while your reading, do this every night then try this in the mornings too, worked for us
- Keep the potty where they can get to it, show how happy you are when they do something but don’t be disappointed if they don’t do anything, all children are different
Potty Training Tips From Supermums
I that found if you gave them toys close to them while sitting on the potty or something to eat, that helped mine to stay on the potty. Karen
We went cold turkey for 3 days, minus nights but only after they’ve shown some type of interest in it. Boys are later than girls in my experience. Tara
My middle girl just turned 4 last week. We’re still trying with her. She doesn’t always get to the toilet/potty in time. She’s usually pretty good on a night. I have got to put a nappy on her when we go out though and I hate the looks we get from people. I have been trying since before the 6 weeks holidays. Emma
It’s best to have them naked and every time they looked like they needed to go, I put a potty underneath them. (Boy and girl). Took 2-3 days and were then fully potty trained. My son was 3 and my daughter was 2. Krista
I just got the potty out each night and let him get used to it. Just before his 2nd birthday he wanted to use it and refused to put a nappy on. All 3 of mine have been like it and done it in their own time. Laura
Wait till they’re ready. My daughter was 4 when she was potty trained, but she cracked it in about a week. She was so not ready at a younger age. Sarah
I think it’s easiest for boys when they’re sitting down. Tara
We used ping-pong balls in the toilet for the boys they loved this aiming game ad soon taught them to go to the toilet. Emma
Let the child get used to the potty, kick it stand in it put it on your head (clean obviously). Sit them on it every night-time or every nappy change get them used to sitting and playing with no nappy. Every wee of poo they do, ALWAYS make a fuss, we would sing and dance even got the older 2 to join in, this makes them want to do it more often. My boy will squeeze a little wee out just so we don’t do it mind, so do what works for each child. Laura
A potty in the room as soon as the child becomes more interested in their surroundings is a great starting point. Make the potty a part of everyday life (dolly sits on potty etc.) As soon as your child can sit up introduce the potty when its nappy off times during the day encourages your child to sit on it, then plenty of praise when they wee or poo on it. All my 3 clean and dry by 2 years old despite folks saying “I rushed them” or “they will tell you when they ready” We are the parents and it’s our job to teach them, so the earlier the better. Sarah
Praise your child for even the smallest wee or poo. I don’t know really how I’ve done it and I’ve nearly cracked nights now with the odd mishap. I just didn’t buy anymore nappies and dived into potty training. I stayed at home during potty training and if I did go anywhere I asked every 10 minutes and took plenty of clothes with me. He was 3 in august. Lorean
Have patience, don’t get mad if they have an accident. Plenty of praise when they’ve been to the toilet. Don’t rush it, they will get the hang of it when they are ready and have plenty of spare pants at the ready. Shaunna
Patients, don’t rush it,best to do it in spring/summer. Take plenty clean clothes out with you. I also carried the potty around with me on days out. A reward chart can work as well. Haylea
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