Ditch the diaper!
Nappies are very good at keeping your toddler dry, but that can prevent them from learning one of the first stages of potty training, which is to recognise when they have done a wee. This helps the bladder and the brain to connect to enable the child to recognise their body’s signals that they need a wee.
Daytime training first!
At this stage we are talking about daytime potty training, night time potty training comes later. Daytime training is different to night time dryness which is often purely dependent on the physical readiness of the child. If your child is around the age of two, and showing some signs of readiness, there is evidence that potty training can take less time to complete. Conversely, if you miss this window, it can result in the whole process taking longer.
Accidents are a key part of learning to hold on, and to listen to your body’s signals. It’s not an easy skill to master, and can be stressful for children.
Young children can only feel that they need the toilet when their bladder is about ¾ full, and therefore accidents are larger and there is less time to react. They will get better at predicting and holding on as their bladder and their brains connect and mature.
Lots of praise and rewards can really help in the early stages of potty training. Try not to get frustrated at your child when they have accidents. Instead aim the frustration at the accident and get your child to help you clear it up.
If you suspect your toddler isn’t quite ready to start potty training, there are lots of things you can begin to get a head start when the time is right.