If you follow my blog you will know I have three children which means I have already done the whole potty training thing twice before, but my third child is something else. she is showing all the right signs that she wants to start potty training but physically refuses to sit on the potty to wee.
Potty training is a very big milestone for any child. Before even thinking about potty training there are some signs that you need to look out for before your child is ready to sit on a potty or toilet.
Here are a few of the signs to look out for.
- Can you child pull down their own trousers or pants?
- Do they dislike the feeling of a wet nappy?
- Can they physically tell you they need to go on the potty?
- Do they know and understand the feeling of needing to go before it happens?
- Does your child make a fuss about putting a nappy back on?
- Are they showing an interest in the potty or toilet?
I had some great advice a long time ago from my mum that I’ve used with all three of my children and I’ve found it really works. Let your child run around naked, then they can learn the feeling of weeing/ pooping without a nappy on. My first child was scared of this feeling and it made the whole process a lot longer so I started this early with my other two. I’ve tried everything I know and still no progress so I asked a few very nice mum bloggers what their best advice was, I had an amazing response and decided to write a post and share them with you.
Wait until your child is ready, just because they turn two doesn’t mean they are ready. – Emma Reed @ Emmareed.net
Let them pick their own character Knickers and pants. They won’t want to get them wet and have to take them off. – Emma Louise Garrett @ Theminimesandme.com
When your child has an accident, Shouting is a big NO! NO! – Kayleigh Louise @ Littlebandme
Having a potty around before you start really helps. – Lisa Jackson @ babynotincluded.co.uk
We didn’t use a potty, straight onto the big toilet, so they don’t have to relearn how to use the toilet at a later date. – Sophie Ray Jones @ naturemums.co.uk
Follow your childs lead. When they are ready remind them every 15-30 minutes. – Donna Mills @ thesleepthiefsmummy.co.uk
Reward them for their efforts and invest in a portable potty, they are really useful. – Jo Isherwood @ cupoftoast.co.uk
We set an alarm for every 30 minutes and when it went off, we asked our son to sit on the potty and practise. – Skye Stevenson @ cutnessandchaos.com
Motivate and encourage them with a really good reward chart. – Sally Marks @ totsup.co.uk
I’d definitely say not to start potty training just because other people think you should. You can put stress on you and your child by starting too soon. – Cass Bailey @ frugalfamily.co.uk
All children learn at slightly different ages and at their own pace. Stay calm and praise as much as possible. – Suzy Stanton @ wemadeawish.co.uk
We brought our daughter a doll that came with a potty to get her excited about using her big girl potty. – Pip Milburn @ pipmilburn.com
There are so many great tips there that I will definitely be trying. I would like to say a huge thank you to all the mums that have offered their advice. I have added links to their blogs, if you wanted to check them out.
If you have any other advice please leave me a comment, I’m grateful for any advice and will give anything a go.