As milestones go, potty training is up there as one of the most eventful of your baby’s early years. It can sometimes feel like you’re taking one step forward and two back, but he’ll get there eventually. It’s just about patience and encouragement – plus, some handy buys to hopefully help him along.
Soft cotton waterproof sheet to protect carpets, sofas and toddler beds.
Toilet Finder app for iPhone and iPad, free, iTunes
Download this free app that finds all the public loos within running distance.
Little Circus Potty Chair, £14.99, Mothercare
With non-slip feet, the chair design of this potty makes it comfortable to sit on, particularly for larger toddlers who need a bit more leg room. Plus, the removable insert and splashguard make for easy cleaning.
Training pants, £5.49, Bambino Mio
These machine-washable cotton pants have a waterproof layer and absorbent inner pad, while the easy-to-pull-up design encourages your tot to be independent. Choose from seven designs and four sizes.
Have You Seen My Potty?, £6.99, Hodder
Reading your toddler a story before starting potty training is always a good plan. There are plenty to choose from depending on the type of stories he enjoys.
Peppa Pig Step Stool, £5.99, Mothercare
Give your toddler a step up to the toilet or sink with this step stool, with non-slip surface and base, which also comes in a Thomas The Tank Engine design.
Potette Plus, £14, Bibs and Stuff
The perfect kit for holidays and car journeys. This portable potty can stand alone or attach to an adult toilet seat, and then folds down flat into a hygienic bag. Your toddler uses one of the handy liners, which you get rid of like a normal nappy. Genius!
My Potty Friend, £35.99, Fisher-Price
The big mama of potty training, this starts as a potty and converts into a mini “toilet” (think flush handle, paper holder and seat) to get your child used to the whole set-up. He’s also rewarded with songs and cheers – which, let’s be honest, is definitely what’s missing from the grown-up bathroom experience.
Designed to take your child through the stages of potty-training, this has a training seat you can remove when he's ready and also converts to a step stool for when he's using the toilet. It comes with handles for extra stability, too.
If you’ve completed the pre-potty-training countdown, your child has done most of the hard work. So, this part is likely to be easier than if you go nappy-free cold turkey. Your toddler is likely to be excited about his potty. Here’s what you need to do…
Learning how to use the loo is a complex skill set for a little one to grasp. He must learn what poos and wees are, how to recognise when one’s on its way, how to pull his pants down – and back up – and what the loo roll is for and how to wash his hands. And that’s without the tricky business of actually doing his business. Teach your toddler all these other skills before removing his nappy and suddenly potty-training is a whole lot simpler. You can start this countdown from the age of 18 months…