We potty trained our son just after he turned two and he took to it brilliantly. Of course he’s had the odd accident here and there but luckily not while we’ve been out. So I wanted to share an easy potty training guide, for other parents to bookmark. Bookmark or print, maybe even frame.
If you’d like to potty train your toddler over the Christmas period, ready to be dry by new year then hopefully this works for you. The money you’ll save on nappies alone nearly justifies the boxing day sales. And imagine a trip without a nappy bag! (But a potty instead… That’s better, right)
If you don’t fancy pee on the floor and following him round on Christmas day, then start on boxing day, or any day that suits but give yourself a full 5 days. Follow this potty training guide loosely, your intuition will take over, so this isn’t a rigid guide to stick to.
The first thing you’ll need to do is jump straight in and take his nappy off. Let him run around the house bare bottom so it’s easy to catch him mid-wee.
(Tip: the potty we used was a little more like a seat that the standard low potty and our toddler found that much more comfortable. It also has a removable tray, much easier to empty)
Fill him up with water and follow him around the house with the potty, keeping a close eye on whether he’s peeing. As soon as you notice him start to go, put him straight on to the potty and show him how pleased you are by giving him constant praise. We also rewarded with a piece of chocolate (it worked).
After he’s been, make the emptying of the potty seem fun by saying ‘let’s go splash’. Our toddler pees sometimes just because he’s excited to see it be splashed down the toilet. Then pop them up on a stool to wash their hands (encourage these things young). Let them fill the sink and smother their arms in soap, don’t worry just yet about the mess, as long as they’re enjoying the process, it’ll make them feel positive about using the potty each time.
After his first wee on the potty (text and call everyone you know), fill him up with water again and follow him for the second wee. I know this seems tedious but it’s the only way to catch him in the action. Your toddler may surprise you and use the potty himself, it’s possible because ours did, but if not just pop him on the potty once you notice him wee.
Repeat all of the above a few times and then take a step back. There’s a high chance your toddler will naturally sit himself on the potty, which we rewarded with a piece of chocolate and over-the-top excitement. If he’s not sitting himself on the potty just yet, then start reminding him to do so when you see him wee will help. You can also turn it into a little practice game by asking him where he needs to sit if he needs a wee or a poo.
Once he’s mastered sitting on the potty, it’s time to let him take the reigns. Always keep the potty in the same room as him and point it out and keep up the jumping and applause each time he uses it.
After 2-3 days indoors using the potty, you’ll be ready to take him out. I was extremely nervous on our first outing in PANTS not nappies, the fear of him peeing himself. But that’s the worst that can happen.
Take a change of clothes with you as a precaution (don’t forget socks). Pack his potty in a rucksack or the base of your pushchair, along with a few rewards (or bribes in the form of his favourite snack), wipes and a carrier bag for any wet clothes (hopefully none) and head out as calmly as possible.
Once you’re out, keep asking if he’d like to use his potty or if he needs a wee, there’s a chance he will decline and hold it in until he’s in the comfort of home. My toddler got stage fright the first few times he needed a wee while we were out. With a little persistence and regular outings, he eventually gained the confidence to use his potty in public. To begin with we had to hide him whilst he went but now he goes loud and proud.
In case you’re wondering where to dispose of anything whilst you’re out, if it’s a wee then just pour on some grass or down a nearby drain, if it’s a poo then scoop it up with wipes and pop in a nappy sack and into the nearest bin. Don’t worry about doing all this under the watchful eyes of other shoppers, because they aren’t fussed whatsoever. With things like using the potty in public, everyone seems to be fairly empathetic almost like they understand how stressful it can be for us all.
So, there you have it, your go-to potty training guide. Your kids will be doing things like this in public very soon…
Follow this potty training guide and your toddler should be nappy free for the new year! Even if he’s not, you’ve set the wheels in motion and it should be plain sailing from here, good luck!
Let me know if you have any other tips or your success stories in the comments and we can toast in a nappy-free New Year!
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