Potty Training Your Baby
Thinking about when and how to start potty training your baby? Get some useful tips and answers to your questions.
When is my baby ready to use a potty?
Some children are ready to start potty training as early as 18 months, while others aren't interested in the process until after the age of 3. Many parents begin potty training when their children are about two-and-a-half.
You’ll know your child is ready for potty training if she:
- starts to show an interest in other people using the toilet and wants to have a go herself
- seems aware that she has a wet or dirty nappy
- has a dry nappy for at least 2 hours between changes and regular bowel movements
- has developed enough coordination to be able to go up and down stairs
- responds to praise and encouragement
How do I potty train my baby?
Give her a potty, explain what it is for (you may have to demonstrate!) and let her play with it. Keep it in the same place – somewhere that’s easily accessible.
At first, sit your child on the potty while she’s still wearing a nappy. Make this part of the daily routine – perhaps before or after a nap, or at bath time.
Next, sit your child on the potty without a nappy. Give her lots of praise if she uses it successfully – she’ll want to do it again to please you. Encourage her to take her nappy off when she does.
There are a few things not to do when potty training your child:
- don’t get cross with her if she can’t or won’t use the potty or waits until her nappy is back on to go
- don’t make a big thing of it by continually asking if she needs the potty – that’s boring for everyone
- don’t let her get upset about it – this may put her off potty training
- don’t be afraid to give little rewards, such as stickers for each successful potty use
Choosing the right potty is important. Our ultra-comfy potty will fit your child’s shape, and has a splash guard too.
How long does potty training take?
Remember that this is a gradual process. Children learn at their own unique pace, and sometimes they regress to nappies again. Avoid putting any pressure on your child if this happens, and simply try again later.
When will my child be dry at night?
Even if your child is using the potty during the day, it may be some time – even years – before she’s dry throughout the night, so be patient.
When you start training your toddler, tell her that you want her to use the potty when she needs to go at night and put it near her bed. You can keep her in pull-ups or nappies at first, but as she makes progress you can try without them.
When you stop using the nappies, put a plastic sheet on the mattress. It can also help if you get her to use the potty before she goes to sleep.