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How you potty train

Is it time to say goodbye to nappies? Does it look like your child can tell when they are peeing or pooing? That's great! Here's how to go about toilet training.

Is it time to get out the potty? It’s useful to keep one handy when your toddler starts showing an interest in toilet habits, for instance by copying you when you sit on the toilet. There’s an infinite choice of potties in different shapes and sizes. Choose one that’s stable and not too low, maybe even let your child choose one themselves.

Getting started
Here’s how to start. Show your toddler the potty and let them try sitting on it. Offer them a book to leaf through. (There are some cute children’s books about toilet training.) Don’t worry if nothing happens. It’s when something actually ends up in the potty that your toddler really understands the link between their body’s signal and the potty. So be observant, watch carefully and try to interpret your toddler’s body language. If something starts happening, rush to the potty!

To begin with, the best chance of getting results is immediately after eating or sleeping. Simply remove their nappy after a nap and read them a story while they sit on the potty.

Remember: a bare bottom and a potty close at hand is the first step to waving goodbye to nappies.

Potty training tips
The next step is to ask at regular intervals, “Do you need to go on the potty?” Take care not to be too insistent, though. If the answer is yes, you’ll need to act fast. For a toddler, it’s one thing to feel the urge to pee but another thing to hold back until you’re sitting on the potty with your pants down. But it’ll happen eventually. Over time, you’ll increasingly be able to trust your toddler to tell you when they need to go.

Some tips and advice for successful potty training:
• Relax – don’t obsess about toilet training. It will happen eventually.
• Don’t start too early – The best age to start is usually between two and three.
• Never punish your child - Accidents are normal. Praise success, but don’t punish accidents.
• Give your toddler plenty to drink. This helps achieve results on the potty.
• Lead by example. Leave the door open when you go to the toilet so your child can see how it’s done.
• Make sure their potty is easily accessible so they can reach the potty quickly on their own.
• Buy a potty for your toddler’s doll or teddy and place it next to your toddler's potty. This makes it more fun to go.

Good luck! Tell us how you get on here.

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