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Potty Training Your Little One

Potty training and all that comes with it can be a fun and exciting time — but also a challenging one. It can be frustrating, it can be difficult, and let’s face it, it can definitely be messy. However there are a few good tips and tricks to be aware of that can help you along in your journey.


First it is important to remember that no two children are alike, and you can’t force them to do something they are not yet ready to do. In most cases though, parents start thinking about potty training when their child is around 18 to 24 months old.

It is helpful to look out for signs that your child might be ready for potty training. He/she might go two or so hours with a dry diaper during the day or after a nap. Perhaps he/she shows discomfort when a diaper is dirty; alerts you when he/she needs to go; or maybe even shows interest in using the potty, or wearing underwear. These are all telling signs of readiness.

As a parent, the best thing you can do is to encourage the behaviour you want. Placing a potty where your child can see it and can get to know what it’s for is a great place to start. If your child has a bowel movement at around the same time each day, it might be a good idea to leave their nappy off and suggest that they go in the potty instead. However, if they resist, go back to the nappy and try again at a later date.

If your child is aware of when it’s time to urinate, encourage them to use their potty. Accidents are of course extremely common, so just mop it up and wait for next time, and always use positive reinforcement.

It is also important to remember that toddler’s learn by watching. If you have boy, you might consider letting Daddy show him how he uses the toilet and vice-verse if you have a girl. There is no need to feel embarrassed, as we all use the potty and it is important for them to see how it is done.

Most importantly, a little praise will go along way – remember to stay positive and embrace this wonderful milestone . Whatever approach you may take, always keep it fun and your child will be overjoyed when he/she finally gets it right.

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