Does your child ask to have their nappy changed?

Potty Training

Potty Training Readiness.  When we speak to a lot of parents, they often ask the same question:

How do I know if my child is ready to potty train?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer; all children are different.

And as you’ve probably already worked out they tend to do things according to their own schedules and timescales.

So how do you tell?

As part of our toileting advice, we talk a lot about spotting the signs of readiness to potty train.

These include both physical and emotional factors such as being able to understand simple instructions and take their trousers down themselves.

There is one other point to look for when it comes to working out if your child is ready to potty train though…

Asking to be changed

This might not need to be as exact as it sounds – especially if your child’s communication is still basic.

The point is though, that they display an awareness that they have a full nappy or have done a poo or are feeling uncomfortable in a soiled nappy.

It may be as simple as pulling at their nappy, or even taking it off themselves if they can’t verbalise that they want to be changed.

This awareness is a great first step towards understanding the process of toileting behaviour.

Nappies (even the pants style pull on ones) do a great job at masking wet accidents. They are just so absorbent that often the child often won’t even know that they have done anything.

Starting to experience the feeling of going or of a nappy feeling ‘yucky’ is real progress to understanding their own bodily cues and starting to learn the process of potty training.

A pattern of dry nappies

You may start to notice that you go to change your toddler at the usual times but that their nappy is still dry.  This suggests they are starting to hold on for longer, which is good sign of readiness to potty train.  If the nappy is staying dry after day time naps, this is another good indication that the bladder is getting stronger and more able to hold on to wee.

Further reading

Did you know that you can sign up for our FREE potty training programme?

We’ll guide you through each stage of preparing to potty train, to taking the nappy off, right through to saying ‘goodbye’ to nappies for good!

You can also read more about when’s best to start toilet training, and a good potty training routine.

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6 comments on “Does your child ask to have their nappy changed?

    • Di Titterton on

      Hi Laura

      Thanks for your interest in our potty training campaign. We are working on it just now and are planning a bigger and better campaign this year to help even more parents through the different stages of potty training. If you sign up on the link, we can make sure you are first to hear more details as they become available. We look forward to helping you and your little one through this exciting but sometimes scary milestone! Jude and Di x

    • Di Titterton on

      Hi Allie, yes lots of children have a preference for the toilet over the potty and we assume that there will be a mix of children using both. It doesn’t really impact on how you potty train at home as we normally suggest that the potty is kept in the bathroom. Hope to see you on the course. x


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