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Recently Amelia has been showing many signs of being ready to potty train. I always wanted to wait until she was ready and not push her into it. I think it happens when it happens and you should never push them into it. Potty training is a big milestone for any child and it's one which is different for many toddler just the same as learning to walk or talk. 

We first got Amelia's potty about 6 months ago if not longer and it's just been lying around the house so she could get used to it. I've also just bought her a seat for our toilet as she's been showing interest in sitting on that too. She's been pulling her trousers down and taking her nappy off pretty much every day and she also tells us when she wants changing and lies herself down ready. She also goes many hours with a dry nappy and she has peed in the potty a handful of times and I will definitely be starting properly once we get both of our holidays out of the way. I would like her potty trained for summer but we shall see how we get on.


Here are some things I've learnt so far with regards to potty training a toddler:

✓ Involve them from the start, buy a potty and tell them they will be using the potty like a big girl or boy because they are now a big boy or girl. You could perhaps let your toddler choose their own potty and pants. 

✓ Show them how to use the potty, if they are in the bathroom with you a lot tell them that you're going to the toilet and show where they should be going. 

✓ Remind them about their new potty throughout the day and encourage them if they need the to pee to use it and to let you know when they need to go. 

✓ Start potty training at a time where there will be no distractions in the house, don't try when you're moving house, have a new baby on the way or about to go on holiday. Wait until things settle down, summer is a good time to start as they can run around naked. 

✓ If they have a doll, encourage them to let the doll have a go on the potty and teach the doll how to go to the toilet this will help her get an understanding before starting training. 

✓ Picking up a few potty themed books will help your child master the idea of peeing in the potty. You could even buy some stickers for the potty and get them to stick them all over it and that way they will know its theres. 

✓ Stay positive, praise them each time they use the potty and keep patient! 

Do you have any tips to share for anyone thinking about starting potty training?

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12 comments

  1. All your points are good, you have the right attitude. I started my daughter (now 12) far too early, it was more of the fashion then with pressure from family etc "Oh is she STILL in nappies?". So I tried at 18 months and she got very confused. I then left it until she was ready. With my son (now 4) I did the same as you, just left a potty in the room to start with. My daughter had one of those that played a tune with you 'flushed' it but it was a faff to clean. My son was happy with the plane ones. I was very lucky with him, he only had one or two accidents and then he always used the potty. He was naked a lot of the time!. You are right to do it in warmer weather :) Tip wise, I always had a pile of books at the side of the potty for number 2s, they seemed more reluctant for those. Also I had a potty upstairs and one downstairs so you don't have to run and get one. Good luck!

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  2. Great post and tips!
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  3. Great tips! We potty trained LP when she was just over two and we had a potty for her to get used to first and then literally let her run around half naked for a couple of days and then introduced pants and by the end of a week she was pretty much sorted! We had to still ask her if she needed the toilet regularly but she wasn't having accidents. 6 months on and she now tells us when she needs the toilet and can hold it long enough for us to find a toilet if we're out and about x

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  4. Another tip I've found is to not use pull-ups - straight into pants! John can't tell the difference between them & nappies and will just pee in them. With pants he's more aware of being wet if he does have an accident, and doesn't like the feeling of it, so is more likely to use the toilet next time.

    We also make toilet time a social event, so John comes in with both Iain and I. The hope here is that using the loo becomes a normal thing & not something daunting or unusual. We've done it since he could crawl (so looong before even thinking about potty training) and it seems to have worked quite well - apart from him telling nursery that Daddy pooped!

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  5. I'm going to wait until Sienna is ready too, which isn't anytime soon, she never has a dry nappy! I might get a potty soon though just so she gets used to it! x

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  6. Great advice! My little girl is also showing signs she is ready so I am planning on starting this very soon! Eeek :)

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  7. Great advice here ..... I also shared a few tips over here ....http://makingmemoriesinthechaos.com/2014/04/21/4-hits-and-1-miss/
    you need to read right to the end of the post!

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  8. Good idea not to rush into it too early, lots of people do and it makes it a much longer and frustrating job. My eldest used a potty but with my son we had moved house and had a downstairs toilet and he went straight to that which was fantastic! My grandson is now 17 months old so we have all this to look forward to in the future again x

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  9. I completely agree with not starting too early, I ignored everyone's opinions of when they thought I should start with my oldest, I started when he seemed ready x

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  10. I have grand plans of going straight to a toilet...but we'll see. I have all on getting my 1 year old to lie still enough to change his nappy without worrying too much about the next stage but it was good to hear the tips about easing into it when they're ready.

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