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 wait 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 started.
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 own 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 children don’t ever use the potty, they go straight to the toilet, there are special 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 children 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.
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
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