Every child is different so to say a toddler should be out if nappies by a certain age can add undue pressure to both parents and children. There are some key tell-tale signs though, that will help you recognise whether or not your clever, beautiful, individual child is ready to ditch the nappies and don the pants.
Is your child aware that they need to go? Are they asking for the toilet, telling you they need a wee or a poo?
1. Is your toddler managing to stay dry for a couple of hours at a time?
2. Does he or she tell you when their nappy needs to be changed?
It’s really important to take things at your own pace but if you answer yes to all of these questions then your little one is on the way to being ready for potty training. And remember, however toe-curling and embarrassing your experience may be – kerbside poos, accidents in front of unsympathetic crowds, really public pit-stops for pants – we’ve all been there!
Potty Training Dos
- A cute potty like My Carry Potty can help: kids can be very possessive about toys and love ownership. Encourage them to use My Carry Potty as their main potty, when at home or out, and you’ll find the whole process gets easier. They will love to carry it around!
- Why not take your child to the shops to choose a potty design or perhaps the pants that they’d like to wear? It’ll make the process fun and make the child feel involved and in control.
- Plan. We’re all time pressured but if you can think ahead, plan a time that will work for you and your child, potty training will be easier. The more prepared you are, the more relaxed you’ll be and that will help your toddler’s confidence soar.
- Rewards are a great way to help too: It doesn’t need to be anything expensive, just a few stickers and a chart will help give your child an incentive and turn it in to a game. Praise your little one for all their efforts.
- Always take your My Carry Potty with you so that your child feels secure.Be patient – it may feel like ages but it’ll all be OK soon.
Force a child to use a potty.
Get cross with them for refusing to sit on a potty.
Get impatient with them if they have an accident.
Let your child close the lid by themselves!