Tips from Potty Trainers of the past

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Over the last couple of years, we have asked those involved in Potty Training Live to give us their potty training tips.

This is one of our favourites…

Take the nappy off and stick to it! Don’t stress about it, as your child will pick upon it. Relax and breathe, your children can feel your tension if you’re worried, they will be too!

Taking the nappy off and not putting it back on is one of our golden rules of potty training. It helps the child learn the new habits and routine of toileting quicker.  It also prevents them getting confused about what is expected.

Why is taking the nappy off so important?


In the short term, putting the nappy back on during busy days does make life easier.  However, it interrupts learning and can make the child realise it’s easier having nappies on.  No interruption and they can continue to play and get the mess cleaned up at a more convenient time. If the child then thinks that nappies are optional, they probably will opt for them all the time! This is when battles can start!

In reality, sometimes life gets too busy to be able to cope with lots of accidents.  We would therefore recommend that before you start potty training, check your calendar.  See if you will have a relatively quiet couple of weeks.

A quiet and calm time will also help to reduce the stress of potty training.  The lady that gave the above tip is absolutely spot on.  She says that you need a positive attitude to potty training. If you can make the process exciting for your child, they are more likely to be engaged in the process, which will once again help them learn.

So take a deep breath, relax and enjoy helping your child reach this major milestone.

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10 comments on “Tips from Potty Trainers of the past

  1. Catherine on

    I recommend taking time off from usual activities and staying home. In my house we call it naked fortnight and leave bottom half completely free. I have found it does not take long as everyone is stress and hassle free.

    • georgina on

      What an amazing Idea, I’m starting to potty train my little girl soon but was stressing about what I should do but this comment has really helped me decide. Thank you

  2. Yvette Louise Clough on

    But What happens when you’ve tried all the above and you still are at square one?
    I have tried every approach and still no closer. At my wits end.

  3. Shannon on

    Hello my little girl is only 16 months old and she has been saying wee and poo for a few weeks now and runs into the bathroom and I have been very open with her and explained it to her when ever I go to the bathroom
    I decided to get a little potty and see if she would be interested or not after she had shown an interested in the bigger toilet and so far we are on day 3 and everyday she has done something in the potty with mommy’s help i I wondered what I should be doing as I was unsure if she is to young or not to take the nappy of all day or if that is something I need to do to help her understand more I take her to the bathroom every few hours to try and avoid her weeping or pooing in the nappy am I doing the right thing or not ?? thanks .

    • Di Titterton on

      Hi Shannon, you are doing exactly the right thing! If your daughter is happy and making progress, keep going. In years gone by lots of children were potty trained at 16 months; it is more common for children today to be older before they are ready but it sounds like your daughter is ready and willing so go for it. Join our academy if you’d like any further tips and advice.

  4. Donna on

    Hello so I have twin boys
    One twin I think is ready he says when he’s done wee wee or poo and has started to take his nappy off when he has done a poo. We encourage him to sit in potty which he does but we have been putting nappy back on. Do I just go for it and have naked time and put him in pants to try??

    • Di on

      Hi Donna, yes it sounds like he is ready. If possible put him in pants rather than letting him go naked as we have found that if they learn naked then when pants go on they can have accidents in their pants. If you need any further help join our free potty training academy through the website. In week 1 we look at all the signs of readiness which may help get your other twin ready. Thanks Di x

  5. Annah on

    My son is turning 3 years in June and I started last week as he was on school recess. Now that he’s back at school he’s back in nappies again and back to square1. Do I address thi issue with the daycare and demand that the also assist in this as he’s there most of the time? I’m on Soth Africa and we’re heading to winter.

    • Di on

      Hi, yes it would be a good idea to approach your daycare provider to come up with a joint plan for potty training. Consistency is key to success and will make it easier for your son too. They may have a policy in place, otherwise you may need to tell them how you would like to approach potty training. Good luck.


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