When should we help our children transition from nappies to the potty? What can I do to encourage my child to use the potty? How do I deal with them having an accident? If these questions are on your mind – take a read of our tips for potty training your toddler at Acorns Day Nursery.
You may start to see signs that your child is ready to start potty training. Indications to look out for are:

  • They let you know when they are taking a wee/poo.
  • They hide in the room to wee/poo.
  • When they take an interest in other children using the potty and copy their behaviour.
  • If they have a dry nappy after nap times or for a long period of time.
  • They start asking to use the potty or toilet.
  • When they pull at a wet nappy.

Potty Training Tips

When the potty training journey starts, the most important thing to remember is to have patience. Like most things, different children learn at different paces.
There are many important things we can do as adults to make potty training easier for our children. Some things to remember are:

  • Choose a good time to start training where you can put in the time and effort. When you go for it, go for it. Don’t start and then step back as this will confuse children.

  • Let children choose their own colour potty and exciting pants. Independence of picking their own can encourage them to use correctly. This will also make it fun and make potty training be on their accord.

  • Skip the pull ups!

  • Try nappy tricks such as a hole in the nappy when they sit on the potty and even the nappy in the potty.

  • Display the potty (and lots of them!) in convenient and visible spots.

  • Dress children in easy clothing (and remember to have lots of it!)

  • 5 minutes on the potty is enough. If they are there too long, they could lose interest. Make potty time relaxing by stories, toys, anything that brings your child comfort. Different things work for different children.

  • ALWAYS use encouragement and appraisal even if they aren’t successful. 

Don’t forget to always wash hands afterwards!

Accidents help learning!

Potty training should be a positive experience. Remove the negativity! The most scary thing about potty training, for us as adults and for children, are the accidents. The key thing to remember is accidents are normal and are vital in their development.
When dealing with accidents here are some things to remember:

  • Stay calm. The last thing your toddler needs is you getting upset with them.
  • Remember that they’ve been in nappies their whole lives until this point so when they need to wee/poo, the potty won’t be their first thought!
  • Show them the potty after their accident and remind them what it’s for.
  • Read books on Potty Training!
  • Sticker charts can be a great way to reward children for using the potty.
  • Stay positive. Potty training is a scary experience, make it a positive one.

Baby Role Play

Another great way we can get children used to the idea of potty training is to role play! Gabi and the Hive built up potty training willingness and confidence by practising the steps on the babies. The children took turns changing nappies to pants and sitting their baby on the potty. They read stories about using the potty and even got comfortable enough to sit on them! Well done Hive.

We’ve also put together some great ways to deal with worries in children. Check out our blog here!
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