Parent FAQs on how to get started

A toddler boy and girl outside on a spring walk.

Q: Hi. My daughter is almost 28 months and her language is very good. She knows what the potty is for and she knows when she has had a poo! I think she’s ready to potty train. Although she does not know when she needs a wee and is happy enough in nappies. We’ve had a couple of goes at sitting on the potty to get used to it, but no wees yet.

I just don’t know how to approach or start intensive potty training. It’s so cold atm and my house is quite cold, should I put trousers on her?? Should I put a pull up on her for naps? And a nappy for night time? The whole process is so dauting. How will I take her out of the house? Thanks.

A: Hi, there is definitely a lot to think about when potty training. And seeing as every child is different, it’s difficult to give definitive answers that work for every child. There are however a number of general steps that can be taken to make the process easier and less daunting.

Through experience with lots of families and health professionals, we have developed a course that helps break potty training down into stages that can be tackled one at a time. You can sign up for this free course  here  on the website. We would always recommend that you put your child in pants and normal clothes while training, as we have heard from many parents that starting without clothing often means that accidents start as soon as the pants and trousers go back on.

Accidents do happen and being cold and uncomfortable isn’t nice. But on the other hand, it does make children more aware they have had an accident. This can be an extra incentive to them motivated to want to get to the toilet on time. It’s more frustrating when children don’t feel wet or care that they have had an accident, so you are right to get started now and not to wait for the better weather.

We tackle getting out of the house on the course but you can also read some articles about this on the website now. Night time is different and you should keep the nappy on at night until you have mastered day time training. Good luck, we would love to have you join us on the course. 

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