Wednesday, 7 August 2013

My Top Potty Training Tips

I've recently potty trained my son Riley and I have to admit it was the one thing I've been dreading since he was born but it wasn't anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be and after 2 weeks we've pretty much cracked it so I thought I'd share my top potty training tips with you today.

Tip 1 - Make sure they're really ready

One of the biggest mistakes I think people make is trying to potty train their children before they're actually ready, of course every child is different so there is no set age that they should be ready to potty train but there are some signs to look out for in your child to let you now that it's time to ditch those nappies. Is your child over the age of 18 months? Can they sit still for 2-5 mins? Is their nappy regularly dry after a nap? Can they pull trousers/pants up and down? Can they follow simple instructions like "go and fetch me a ball"? If the answer to most or all of those questions is yes then they may be ready to start. I chose to wait until Riley was almost 3 years old before starting potty training, partly because I was dreading it and kept putting it off and partly because I knew that the more ready he was the quicker he would crack it.

Tip 2 - Preparation

One thing that never occurred to me before potty training was that Riley may not actually know what poo was, because he always did it in a nappy and I quickly disposed of it without him ever really seeing what he had done he didn't have a clue what it was so a way of teaching him about it is to get some books about pooing and potty training (I know it sounds gross but it helps lol). Riley particularly liked Pirate Pete's Potty and Zoo Poo but there are loads of different books on this subject to chose from.

Tip 3 - Give them options

We got Riley a potty and a little soft toilet seat (we got ours from Pound Stretcher for about £2.99) and we let him choose which one he wanted to use, he sat on the potty once and said he didn't like it because it was uncomfortable so he tried the toilet seat and loved it and he's never looked back. If we had only had the potty I think trying to get him to sit on there and do anything would have been extremely difficult, I'm actually really pleased he didn't like the potty as it means we've skipped the whole transition from potty to toilet phase. 

Tip 4 - Make it less messy

The best time of the year to try potty training is during Summer as your child isn't wearing lots of layers of clothing and they can just run around in their pants outside keeping the inevitable accidents away from your sofas and carpets. Another great way to keep mess to a minimum is to use Dry Like Me pads which you pop in to your childs pants and they catch any accidents whilst still giving them the feeling of being wet, these were a god send for us during the first few days of Riley's potty training and they're great for using when you're out and about to make sure they don't make too much mess if they have an accident in a shop or cafe.

Tip 5 - Persevere

When it comes to potty training you really have to just stick with it, when we started with Riley we decided to skip using pull ups and just go straight for pants and day one was a nightmare! He must have wet himself 20 times, he just didn't seem to understand what we wanted him to do at all and I was pulling my hair out, all I wanted to do was put him back in nappies and give up but I rang my Mum and she said that the worst thing I could do was to start going backwards and forwards from nappies to pants, now we had got rid of nappies we had got to persevere, so we stuck it out and the next day he only had 5 accidents and the day after he dropped down to 1 accident a day, I was amazed at how quickly things had gone from a nightmare to him totally getting it. Of course some days he's better than others depending on what he's doing but all in all I think he's got the hang of it, he wears a pull up at night as we're going to tackle night time dryness at a later date but I'm so glad we've done it now.

I really hope these tips are useful and if you have any questions about potty training please feel free to ask me, I'm happy to help :)



  1. We havent started 'potty training' Rio yet, he's only 15 months..but he has been on his potty twice for a poo now. I think thats the easy bit its the knowing your going to wee bit that takes the time. But for now the potty is there getting him familiar with it until he is old enough to be ready to start! Yay for being dry btw :) im glad it wasnt as daunting as you first thought! x

  2. This is a great, informative post! :) I'm dreading that stage but this makes it seem less of a hurdle lol

    Sparkles & Stretchmarks

  3. I started Stacey too early. I felt pressured into doing so. She hated it though so I stopped and waited until she was around 2 and a half. She soon got the hang of it the 2nd time. I definitely won't be pushing Ozzy into potty training until we're both good and ready! Lol.

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

  4. Great tips. I always find that people try to rush it whereas if you let your child do it in their own time, it's usually easier

    Popping over from the I Love My Post blog hop

  5. Great tips - I would say to start potty training in Spring when it is a bit warmer, easier for washing drying clothes, and they can always run around with no nappy whilst they get used to the idea :-)

  6. teaching my little and shes so funny she will sit on the potty with nappy on but as soon as you put her on it with out it on shes like whats this i dont like it lol

  7. Great tips, my nearly two year old granddaughter is just starting potty training and not really liking it. They all get there eventually though so think it should be when they want to!

  8. I used the 3-day potty training method to train my son and by the fourth day, he's already diaper-free. I also used motivational tools and stickers on the chart to encourage him to use the potty trainer and lately, toilet with potty seat in it.


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