It is usually advised to start potty training your child when they are between 18 months to three years old. This is when they are more emotionally and physically ready for it.
As a first time mum, I had no experience on potty training before and my first perception of it was a task that could be done within a week. While this is possible for some children, it certainly wasn’t the case for Mole. With researching potty training, there were actually a few things we needed to do before we officially started.
You need to make sure your child is actually ready themselves for potty training. The signs below will give you an idea if you’re child is ready. Please note, your child does not have to do all of these signs, but by showing they can do a good few will make potty training easier in the long run.
Signs your child is ready to be potty trained
- Pulling on their nappy
- Say when they have a wet nappy or show signs of being uncomfortable
- Taking an interest in you going to the toilet
- Can say the words wee wee or poo poo or something similar.
- They hide to do a poo or stop to do a wee
- Can go a few hours with a dry nappy
- Go to do a poo at regular times
- Wants to be more independent
- Enjoys praise and will do activities for praise
- Understands your question of “do you need a wee?”
What to do before you start potty training
Before you go ahead with the potty training, there are actually a few tips you can do first. This will help to ease you and your toddler into it.
- Take you toddler to the toilet with you every time you go. Explain to them exactly everything you are doing, from pulling your pants down, flushing and washing your hands. This will help them to become familiar with the routine.
- Let your toddler choose their big girl or boy pants. Make it fun for them. They don’t have to wear fashionable ones, just let them be in control.
- Buy toddler friendly potty training books. I got Mole this one from Amazon: Princess Potty Book. It’s surprising how much they learn from a book and again making the process seem fun for them.
- Invest in a sticker praise chart. Explaining how to get the sticker praise first will make them see a reason to start. Using stickers is a healthier alternative to sweet treat praise too.
- Invest in a potty. We first got a potty and Mole was too small for it. So before you start try out different potty’s until you find the right one for your child.
- Get a new toy or find new videos on your phone or tablet. This is a distraction technique to help them stay sat on the potty. Getting together new toys or videos will be more intriguing for them.
- Have a word with yourself. Be prepared. The first few days will be messy so ask yourself is this the right time to do it before you start? It is best to stay in the house too, so ask yourself if you can handle that for a few days.
I hope you found this useful and remember, if you or your child is not ready there is no pressure. Start again when you both are.