Children develop at different rates and the secret to successful potty training is knowing when your child is ready.
If your toddler is struggling to get to grips with potty training, below is some great advice on potty training and useful tips to achieving success.
1. Let your child become familiar with the potty. They could choose the colour of the potty when you buy it. Explain what it is for and let them become used to the idea before you start.
2. Ensure your toddler sees yourself or other siblings use the toilet so that they are aware of the toilet process and that ‘big kids’ and adults don’t wear a nappy.
3. It is a good idea to begin potty training in the summer, as your child can run around in his/her pants, making them more likely to remember that they are not wearing a nappy.
4. Most toddlers are not ready to be potty trained until they are at least two, although some may be earlier, particularly if they have an older brother or sister to copy. One way to recognise if they are ready is when a child starts to feel uncomfortable in a nappy. They may try and pull it off or let you know when it is dirty.
5. Start by just letting your child sit on the potty. Some toddlers have regular bowl movements, if so, put him/her on the potty before you know they are likely to do something. Place them regularly on the potty throughout the day, so that it lessens their chances of having an accident.
6. If your child does have an accident do not get cross. Clean it up and tell them that they should be using the potty.
7. If your child is not getting on too well with the potty, skip this stage and go straight to the toilet. Some children prefer using the toilet, like ‘Mummy and Daddy’.
8. You could try using trainer pants, particularly when you go out and do not want there to be an accident. Although be aware that with some toddlers, trainer pants can confuse them, and actually slow the potty training process down.
9. Always be full of praise when your child has used the potty. You could try giving him/her a small reward, such as a piece of fruit, when they use the potty. It is important that they associate the potty with good behaviour.