Our guide to potty training success
Every child learns to use the potty eventually, even if it can sometimes feel like they’ll never get there. You just have to be patient and go at your child’s own pace, helping them to get there without giving in to frustration.
Most babies will have stopped doing poos during night
Some children will be dry during the day, but this is still quite early for most
9 out of 10 children will be dry most days, though it’s still perfectly normal to have accidents
Most children will be dry all day
Wetting the bed at night is still a possibility
When to start potty training
Generally, most parents start potty training their child when they’re about two to two-and-a-half, though every child is different. If you can, choose a time when the family is in a stable routine and you can be consistent in your training.
It can even be a good idea to start in summer when there are fewer clothes to take off and washed clothes dry quicker.
Your child will likely give you signs that it’s time to start potty training, such as:
- They’re aware when their nappy is wet or dirty
- They might tell you when they’re peeing or that they need to go
- There’s at least half an hour between wetting
- They become restless or disappear to a quiet corner when they need to go
Starting potty training
It’s a good idea to gradually build up to the start of potty training by talking to your child about wet nappies and what they mean as you change them, and getting them used to the idea that people always go to the bathroom in order to use the toilet.
Keep the potty in the bathroom (and another in the downstairs toilet if you have one) so your child always knows where it is.
Work with your child’s routine if they have one, so if they tend to do a poo at the same time each day, take their nappy off and encourage them to use the potty. If they really don’t want to, don’t force them. Just put their nappy back on and give it a few more weeks before trying again.
If you spot that your child is about to pee, you could encourage them to use the potty, helping to build their confidence in using it all the time.
The important thing is never to be cross or make a fuss if they have an accident, as this will only increase their anxiety when they try to get it right. Just help them along with gentle encouragement and try to use clothes that are easy to get out of when they need to go.
Your child will be just as delighted as you when they finally succeed in using the potty, so make sure you give them plenty of praise!
Night-time potty training
Keep your attention on daytime potty training to start with, and consider leaving their nappy off at night if they’re doing well. Get them into a routine of using the potty before going to bed, and make sure they know where to find it if they need it during the night.
Accidents are still possible though, so it’s a good idea to use a waterproof mattress protector on their bed until you’re confident they can make it through the night.
As with daytime potty training, don’t push things if your child isn’t getting the hang of it. It’s not a step backwards if they need to wear their nappy during the night. They’ll master it eventually.
Important advice for you
Breastfeeding gives your baby the best start in life. The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of your baby’s life, followed by continued breastfeeding together with complementary foods.
Breastmilk promotes your baby’s sensory and cognitive development, it protects your baby against infectious and chronic diseases and can help your baby to recover quicker during illness.
Unlike infant milks, breastfeeding also contributes to your health and well-being, reducing the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer. It can also build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby.
Breastfeeding is safe for the environment. You should also consider the social and financial implications of using infant milk. It is important for you to eat a healthy, balanced diet during your pregnancy and as you breastfeed. Combining breastfeeding and bottle feeding may reduce your breast milk supply and it may be difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed.
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