Parents may ask themselves – is my child ready to be potty trained? At what age should my child use the potty? How do I potty train my child? Let's talk about some of our tips for potty training success.
When should I start potty training?
Parents may ask themselves – is my child ready to be potty trained? At what age should my child use the potty? How do I potty train my child? All these questions will run around in your mind and the answer is – when the time is right for both the child and the family!
Most children start to be potty trained between 18 months and 3 years old, however, every child is different and will learn new things at their own pace. It is important for this process not to be rushed or put off; timing is everything.
Here are some things you should ask yourself before starting to potty train:
- Does your child show any signs that they know when they have done a wee or a poo? Clutching at their nappy for example
- Does your child try to remove their dirty nappy or ask you to do it for them?
- Does your child communicate when they have done a wee or a poo?
- Does your child talk about a potty or even follow you to the toilet, showing an interest in what the toilet is for?
Once ready to start potty training, here are some top tips:
- Have a shopping trip to purchase the potty and some pants! Involve your child in the purchasing of these items. This will give your child the sense of excitement and responsibility.
- Be consistent: If you are potty training at home, you are potty training everywhere, including nursery. Keep us up to date with what you are doing, and we will be sure to keep this consistent at nursery.
- Loose/easy clothing: Choose clothing that can easily be taken off, encouraging your child to pull trousers up and down. By doing this, your child will feel a sense of independence and it will help with their physical development.
- Use sticker charts and visual aids for encouragement and praise. Your child will thrive on receiving a little something each time they have sat on the potty and will encourage them to use the potty over and over again.
- Be calm, consistent and have fun! Make this milestone an enjoyable adventure.
Support at nursery for potty training:
Each of our nurseries might take a slightly different approach but one thing remains consistent throughout, we are here to support you. At all our nurseries, we understand that consistency is important in the process of potty training. We ask that parents inform us when they decide to start potty training and have a chat with us regarding your plans and routines.
We will, of course, try and follow the same routine you have at home here at nursery. The team at nursery are always here to chat to so before you even start potty training, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have to make the process as easy as possible for you and your child.
Potty training is an important milestone in every child’s development, and as parents, we often have many questions about when and how to start this process. The key is to remember that every child is unique and will reach this milestone in their own time. By paying attention to your child’s cues and readiness, you can embark on a successful potty-training journey.
When it comes to nursery support, we understand the importance of maintaining consistency. By keeping the lines of communication open and informing the nursery about your potty-training plans and routines, we can work together to ensure a smooth transition for your child. Our dedicated nursery staff are always available to provide guidance and answer any questions you may have, making the potty-training journey as easy as possible for both you and your child.
Remember, potty training is a process that requires patience, understanding, and a positive attitude. Each child will progress at their own pace, and it’s important to celebrate their achievements along the way. With the right approach and support, you can help your child successfully navigate this important developmental milestone.
Blog checked by: Kat Learner (Training & Professional Development Manager)