So, you’ve got you a toddler all of a sudden (how on earth did they grow so quickly) and it’s time to think about potty training! If they seem interested in the potty and you feel ready too, now might be the perfect time to take the plunge. Well, we are set to be at home a lot more this Autumn. Here’s some top tips from our team of mums.
Stay at home
Yes, we know you’ve been at home a lot this year! But it really helps to take the pressure off if you’re not having to worry about being out and dealing with accidents. Being at home for the first week will really help while you both learn this new milestone together.
Don’t announce it
As tempting as it is, try not to tell all your friends and family or put it on social media that you’re potty training. It can add to the frustration if little one isn’t quite there yet and you’re getting constant messages asking for updates. The more calm you are, the easier it will be.
Nakey nakey naked
Snug underwear can feel like a nappy to your toddler, and clothes can get in the way. So, turn up the central heating and keep them naked for the first few days. Then try adding a top first and once they’re weeing mostly on the potty, add trousers and have them practice pulling them up and down.
Accidents will happen
Accept it and it will be less stressful. Your little one has been weeing freely in a nappy the whole of their life. So even if they’re showing all the signs they’re ready, it will still take some time for them to consciously realise “I need to wee” and then “I need to go to the potty”. Puppy pads are great for protecting carpet (and the car seat, for when the time comes). And a pack of baby wipes close by are handy. Just remember not to flush them.
Watch them ?
Every child has their own little cue that they need a wee. They may suddenly stop in their tracks, hold their private parts, do a little dance, or just have “that look”. Clear your diary and spend the first day or two watching them like a hawk to learn what their cue is, then rush them to the potty.
Keep calm and carry on
After the first day and many wees on floor later, you may be tempted to stop, thinking they’re just not ready. But it’s really worth just giving it a bit more time to help it register in their little minds. Remember, it’s a big change for them and they need to practice but lots of stop/starts can be confusing. So give it a good a week and if they’re not progressing at all then perhaps hold off and try again in a few weeks.
Good luck! You’ve got this ? Let us know how you get on in the comments below.