Although all kids reach the ‘ready to train’ stage at different ages, once you think your toddler is there, follow these easy steps
Once your toddler turns two, it can feel like potty training lurks ominously ahead, a challenge that must be tackled before long. In reality, it’s rarely that bad, and with the right encouragement and preparation, you can get your tot out of nappies in a week.
In the run up to your potty training week, let your toddler be naked as much as possible. An American speedy potty training technique – called Diaper Free Toddlers – is based around the idea that only by letting your tot run around naked as much as possible, will he really understand what’s going on. She says that underwear feels like a nappy to your toddler and makes accidents more likely to happen.
Let Him Watch You
In the weeks before you start, make more of your own trips to the loo, talking through what you’re doing and even (sorry if this sounds gross) letting him see exactly what you’re doing. Younger siblings usually have an easy time when potty training because they can watch their brother or sister.
Younger siblings usually have an easy time when potty training because they can watch their brother or sister
Make Friends With The Potty
Choose one together, make a fuss of him when he sits on it. Tell him he’s a big boy and if by any chance you do catch a wee while he’s sitting on it, heap on the praise.
Give A Small Reward
Don’t overdo the prize, but a sticker or small treat, such as a Malteser can be a great way to encourage using the potty or loo. And don’t worry, your child will soon forget he’s owed a treat every time he performs - many mums worry that they’ll be stuck doling out smarties until their child’s a teenager!
Praise With Others
Don’t just pile on the praise yourself, if you have a successful day of wees in the potty, make sure it’s the first thing you tell your partner when he gets home. Or you can even resort to ringing Granny to announce that first well-placed poo.
Work Out Your Wobble
If you find your child often has accidents at the same time, take note of the time, place and reason for this. You’ll often find a pattern.
For example, you may find when he’s tired at the end of the day and sitting on the sofa, he needs an extra prompt to get up and go to the potty. Or it could be when he’s out at a playgroup and there are lots of toys about, he finds it hard to drag himself away.