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What You Need To Know When Potty Training.

16 February 2016

Potty training comes naturally to some children and their parents, some find it quite a struggle. It's easy to say that it will happen and things will just click one day but if you are a parent of a child that doesn't seem to 'get it' then it can be a challenge.

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When you decide it's time to potty train you have to be prepared that it may not happen overnight. It can take days, weeks and even months for some children. It's best to clear your schedule and make sure you have the time and energy to see it through. The first few days/ weeks can be the worst so some choose to do it while they have time off work or when the siblings are in school. This means that your child and the potty are your only focus. 

The fact that you have decided to potty train could be for a number of reasons. The child's age, the child is showing signs they are ready (knowing when they have had a wee or poo in their nappy) or it could be that other children of a similar age amongst friends or family are potty training. Unfortunately none of these may mean your child is ready you just have to go with what's best for you, take the leap and see where you end up. 

Using the potty is a huge milestone so you may want to use a reward system that works for you and your child. We used cars with little J as he was never bothered about stickers whilst other children love reward sticker charts. 

There are lots of different potties available, some with characters on, some are musical and others are just brightly coloured. Choose a potty you know your child will like or even better if they can pick it themselves. 

Talk to your child about the potty and what it's for. There are lots of children's books on potty training that are fun with great illustrations. Visuals really work for some children. 

Be supportive at all times. Accidents will happen. Try not to get upset or angry no matter how frustrated you are. It can really knock a child's confidence. If you react angrily when they have an accident they may start to hold it in and that could be really bad for them.

Make the decision of whether you will go for pull ups or underwear. In my opinion I always think underwear is best. You have taken the plunge to potty train and get rid of the nappy so why put a pull up on? To me I don't understand how a child would know the difference between a nappy and a pull up. They look and feel the same. Having said that I know lots of children that have had great success wearing pull-ups but my tip is to stick to underwear. They can feel if they have had an accident, and I can guarantee they won't like that feeling of wee dripping down their leg. You never know it might make them think twice next time.

Knowing your childs toilet routine for a poo is really important. Some children go at the same time every day or they will go to a certain spot in the house. If they have a routine you can then be ready to guide them to the potty just before to prevent accidents. 

When potty training children seem to get the hang of going for a wee easier than a poo. It's important to make sure they are still doing their poo because if they are not they can become severely blocked and it could become a medical issue. If your child isn't ready to poo on the potty you need to make the decision of putting a nappy back on them, on or around the time they usually go. They just might not be ready for this stage and that is normal.

I really hope these tips will help you on your potty training journey. 

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Michelle


24 comments:

  1. I think pull ups are rubbish so I'm with you on not using them - they feel just like nappy to them so they don't get the feeling of being wet if they have an accident x

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  2. Some really useful tips Michelle and well done to your son for being a star x

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  3. My sister in law is currently potty training my nephew, I have no idea about potty training but all posts pretty much gives different tips and advice

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  4. I bet you're proud of him. Sounds like he's done really well. Some great tips especially to give it time. I think people feel pressured if they compare their children to others but they are ready when they are ready x

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  5. We are about to start with Sebby but I keep delaying it as he doesn;t seem ready yet

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  6. All three of mine were different at potty training and each did do it when they were ready. We tried before but they just couldn't grasp it the first time and then once I could see the signs it was so much easier.

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  7. Well done. I agree that I will do it when my son is ready and wanting to. They won't start reception in nappies right??

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  8. Great article. My baby was born in Feb 13 and we tried last September prior to going on holiday but she just wasn't ready. We gave it another go around November time but the pooing became an issue so we left it again. After Christmas when she returned to playgroup/ nursery she just decided to wear some knickers while she was there and that was it - it all clicked into place. We're still on nappies for poos and night-time but all is good. She's had one accident but I would say the whole process has been a breeze. The advice I'd give is the same as yours - if it's seeming too hard then it's obviously not the right time and they're not ready. I was dreading potty training but I'd say it's been the easiest thing we've had to do so far.

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  9. Great tips, it's so important to be relaxed and encouraging about the whole thing and it's definitely better to try when you have a bit more time to give it all your full attention.

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  10. Oh well done! I don't think there is a set time or routine for every child - my tip is listen to your child and do what works for you, without stressing. Stickers worked well for Pickle - as well as other little rewards. Kaz x

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  11. This is such a great post with some really good tips x

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  12. great tips and well done!

    ashleigh

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  13. Great article. Well done to little J - and to you.

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  14. Really nice tips for wee training I shall use it for my daughter as well

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  15. Brilliant article with some really good tips :)

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  16. Caroline Mcgovern21 February 2016 at 22:31

    Great post. I agree with rewarding them .

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  17. That's amazing well done Little J. Our oldest potty trained really well but his younger brother just couldn't be bothered, it took forever to get him to stop wetting himself!

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  18. Super useful, I'm bookmarking this page!

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  19. Great tips going to pass these to my brother for hos little boy

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  20. Thank you for the tips it's driving me mad

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  21. Done. Boom! Well done to you all, how exciting that he mastered it so well. A xx

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  22. I'm planning to start potty training with my daughter. They are very useful tips. Thank you for sharing your experience .

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  23. Great tips , thank you for sharing

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  24. Thanks for these tips. We are struggling so much to potty train our 2.5 year old daughter. It's especially hard as she has developmental delay and is non verbal x

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Thanks for your comments. I love reading them :)