Thinking of Potty Training this summer – we have some great advice from our friends at Pourty!
1. When should I start potty training my child?
There is no “right” time to potty train. Sensible starting ages for potty training range from 18 months to 3 years – 28 months is the average age. The younger the child, the longer potty training is likely to take.
Look out for some of the following signs that your child might be ready:-
- can stay dry for at least two hours between wet nappies;
- regular or predictable bowel movements;
- being interested in others going to the toilet and asking questions about it;
- telling you when they have done or are in the process of doing a poo or a pee in their nappy;
- sitting on the potty (which means it can be a good idea to have one around before your child is ready) and able to get on and off the potty;
- being able to pull down their own trousers and pants (and pull them back up again would be a bonus).
1. What Equipment do I need?
- A potty (ideally upstairs and downstairs);
- a toilet training seat;
- a step stool;
- bed pads;
- waterproof mattress covers;
- lots of pants and comfortable bottoms that are easy to get on and off with no fiddly fastenings or buttons.
2. How do we get started?
Prepare by deciding how you are going to describe the “wee and poo” and explain this to your child. Show your child how to do it by letting them see you on the toilet. It’s a nice idea to read stories about potty training and go on a shopping trip to choose new pants.
You could start putting them on the potty routinely at bath time or in the morning just to see what happens for a few weeks. Being happy to sit on the potty is a really good start. You could try letting your child run around with no underwear to help them understand that the nappies are going. When your child is ready, be brave and put him/her in “big boy / girl” pants.
Encourage your child to sit on the potty every couple of hours – not too often or they may become bored and never force your child to sit if they resist. Don’t keep them sitting on the potty for too long, perhaps no longer than two or three minutes and stay calm if they get up and run away.
Some more Do’s and Don’ts
DO show pleasure every time your child wees or poos in the potty. Provide lots of praise and make your child feel clever and special.
DO NOT battle with your child. If they begin to associate the potty with feelings of negativity the process will take much longer than is necessary.
DO avoid potty training at the same time as any big changes in the family like a new baby or a house move. You need to be prepared and able to commit time.
DO try and make sure that your child’s other carers are consistent with your approach.
DO NOT worry! Accidents will happen and they are part of the learning process but if there are lots of accidents and very little progress you may want to go back to nappies and leave potty training for a while and try again in a couple of months.
Lucy and Jon Rathbone of Pourty have used their own experience of potty training their three children to invent these fantastic potty training products:-
Pourty Easy-to-Pour Potty
The Pourty Potty has a unique and clever feature which enables you to potty train hygienically. It has a pouring duct and anti-drip lip so that the contents can be emptied out the back away from where the child sits and touches with no dribbles and mess, quickly and easily. Children find the sturdy build and wide flat seating area comfortable to sit on and parents have been quick to appreciate the convenience and hygiene of its design. The Pourty Potty one of the bestselling potties in the UK and is available in blue, pink, white and purple and retails at £9.99.
Flexi-Fit Toilet Trainer
The Flexi-Fit Toilet Trainer from Pourty has a unique squeeze flex action and adjustable prongs so that it fits securely on to the toilet seat. Adult toilet seats come in many shapes and sizes and most toilet training seats have no size adjustments. These means that they can wobble around making the child feel insecure when they sit on them. The Flexi-Fit’s clever design allows you to adjust it once per toilet seat for a great secure fit each time. It can also be taken on holiday and adjusted to fit a new toilet so that the child can always use the same seat. The Flexi-Fit comes in white with a blue rubber rim. It retails at £14.99.
Up Step Stool
This stool is higher than the majority of step stools on the market making it easier for a toddler to get on and off the toilet and reach taps and work surfaces. Also it gives added stability because the feet can be supported on the step whilst the child is sat on the toilet and they are not left dangling. This is a much healthier body position for going to the loo!
Go to www.pourty.com for a list of stockists and for more information on potty training.