Our Potty Training Tips

Before Christmas we decided it may be time to start to potty train little J. We bought a potty and left  it in the room at first so he could get used to it. When we thought about it we would ask him if he needed a wee wee or a poo poo on the potty and most of the time he would say no. Now we didn't really help him along with this and would just accept the fact that he didn't want to go. Although obviously he did because he had full nappies. We were so busy on the run up to Christmas it just seemed like the wrong time to focus on this so we decided once we had finished work for Christmas we would give it our full attention.


Now I know some people say that the child will give you signs when he/she is ready but I also know as a Nursery Nurse that some children don't. They will happily sit around in a dirty nappy not telling you they need to go or even that they have been. So I think there is probably never a right time or a wrong time to try potty training you just have to take the leap and see where you end up.

So first we told him that from now on wee wee's and poo poo's are for the potty. He totally understood and seemed quite excited about it. We bought a reward box full of cars. He loves cars and these were pretty cheap considering they were Hot Wheels. Little J isn't too keen on stickers so we couldn't use them and I didn't really want to reward him with sweets and chocolates, so cars it was.

I do think it's important to offer a little reward for potty training. It's such a big deal and we are all motivated by something. We all want to do well for that little reward at the end so this isn't any different.

So on our first day we showed him the box of cars, told him if he wanted to 'win' one he needs to go on the potty. We whipped off the nappy and took the plunge.

To say I am gobsmacked of the outcome is an understatement. From the minute the nappy came off he has been in control 99% of the time. Telling us when he wants a wee wee or sitting on when it's been a while and we ask him to. He loves it and even now weeks later he is still proud when he goes on the potty and shouts "I've been". The cars really helped, at first he was getting a car for a wee wee or a poo poo but because he was so good and we were running out of cars it changed to just a poo poo.


We made the decision for him not to wear any type of pull up nappy. Whilst they are great for convenience I don't really understand how a child can differentiate between a nappy and a pull up, to me they would just think its the same thing. We decided undies was the best way to go. If he wee'd and didn't like the wetness on him or on his legs it may encourage him to tell us next time. He has had about three accidents in nearly three weeks. It's unbelievable how well he has done. He is using the potty all the time now and even the toilet in Nursery. Proud Mummy moment.

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Our Tips For Potty Training

I don't think there is ever a 'right' time to start as you don't really know whether a child is ready or not. You just need to take the plunge and see what happens.

Try and plan the potty training when you have time to help your child with this new adventure. Take a week or two off work or just when there is you and them at home. Having one to one really helps, no distractions is the key.

Give it time. For most children it won't just happened overnight.

Be supportive at all times. Never get upset or angry if they have an accident. It can really knock their confidence and set them back.

Reward them. How nice is it to get a little reward in life when you've done well. It makes you smile, happy and want to do well again. Same for our little ones if they get a little treat it may just spur them on.

Make the decision of whether you will go for pull ups or just underwear. I do think this is really important as like I said earlier if I was a child I would just think I was wearing a nappy. I wouldn't know the difference between a pull up or a nappy, they both look the same. 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 wee dripping down their leg. Might make them think twice next time.

It is really important to know your child's routine for a poo poo. Some children go the same time every day or at least once a day and so on. When potty training children seem to get the hang of going for a wee wee easier than a poo poo. It's important to make sure they are still doing their poo poo's 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 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.

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 I honestly thought the potty training posts would drag on and on but that's it, nothing more to say. I am so proud of him and although he hadn't given us any signs he was definitely ready.




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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