Ah potty training. Those two words loom ominously over any new parent, instilling images of soiled carpets, smelly bedrooms and plenty of crying. As with so many other parenting learning curves, it as never as bad as we think, and potty training marks another transition when your little one is no longer a baby, and is fast becoming a little person.
Despite this, potty training can be a daunting task for any new parent. Being a little prepared and taking on advice collected through generations can always make things that little bit easier. Here are a few of our top tips below:
Timing is Everything
It may seem obvious, but potty training in the warmer, summer months can make the whole process so much easier for you. Accidents will inevitably happen, and open windows and doors ventilate rooms and remove smells and damp patches far quicker than they would if it was winter. In summer, toddlers are probably outside a lot more, meaning if they do have accidents here, there isn’t nearly so much trouble cleaning it up as there would be in the house.
Toilets are large, loud and terrifying things to many toddlers, so you want to build up their confidence to using it happily and without the fear of being sucked away! Small potties that keep your little one feeling safe and secure are perfect for getting them used to no longer toileting in a nappy, and can always be found in bright colours and fun designs to make them much more child friendly than your ceramic monster in the bathroom. Once your toddler is getting used to the potty, products like the Potty Seat & Step make the transition from potty to toilet even smoother. The seat attaches to your actual toilet, and maintains the feelings of security and comfort that they’ll need. When they no longer need it, the seat doubles up into a step so they can access the toilet quickly and easily, and you should have a fully toilet trained toddler! The stuff of dreams!
Don’t Stress over the Inevitable
Accidents will happen, and they’ll only become a problem if you make them a problem. It’s always best practice to teach your child that toileting is normal and natural, and to encourage the joys of not wearing a nappy, rather than the annoyance and embarrassment of having to wear one. As children don’t have the bladder or bowel strength of an adult, bed time wetting may long continue after they have learnt how to regularly and comfortably use the toilet…
Many children may feel embarrassed or scared when they wet the bed, unsure how Mummy or Daddy will react. It’s not anything they can help, and is much more likely to stop sooner if treated with understanding and kindness rather than sternness and anger. However, at 2am on a Thursday morning, not all parents are saints and angels! We find using a mattress protector sheet takes all the stress out of those wake up calls. Simply remove, throw in the washing machine and put on a new sheet. Your child’s mattress is already clean and dry, and they can get back to that all important sleep… oh and mum can too!
Please let us know of any tips and tricks you found useful to getting you through potty training :)
Daisy Baby x