Potty training is a team effort

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Potty training is very empowering for children as it is something that they need to physically master on their own. This doesn’t however mean that the parent is redundant in the process. Approaching potty training as a team will help your little one crack it earlier and will also make it more fun for you both.

Here’s our top tips on how to join forces with your child and stand united in the battle to master potty training.

Go shopping together

Shopping for the new potty training kit signifies that something new is happening and that change is coming.  This gives you a chance to introduce the concept in an exciting way and also helps show your child that reaching the stage of potty training means they are now grown up enough to start making choices themselves. This is very empowering for the many independent toddlers out there.  Remember the paradox of choice though; it may be easier to offer limited choice between 2 options rather than the whole shop!

Get the bathroom ready together

Being prepared and organised is half the battle, and this gives you a chance to talk through the whole potty training routine from finding the bathroom to washing and drying hands.

Read our sequencing story book

We have written a read together story book which goes through the whole routine in a simple manner with lovely characters.  It is part of the HOW TO POTTY TRAIN BOOK (which can be bought here) and the read together storybook is also available for download when you join our free potty training academy. (JOIN HERE)

Reading the book together helps set expectations and also reinforces learning, especially for visual learners. 

Recruit your wider team

Tell everyone involved in looking after your child that you are going to start toilet training.  Communicate with them how you are planning to tackle it as consistency is key to learning.  Talk about the language you will use, the routine, and how you plan to handle accidents. 

Set a start date

You and your child can decide this together and mark it on the calendar.  It might also be fun to decide what you are going to do with any left over nappies on this day.  Once you take the nappy off in the daytime, it’s better to keep it off. 

Have fun and celebrate the successes

Getting the first wee in the potty is a big deal – so celebrate accordingly, don’t worry none of your ‘adult’ friends are watching you! Rewards are always a big hit, and we’ve even heard of photos being taken and sent to the other parent at work!

Tell off the accident, not the child

If accidents happen, join forces and both tell off the naughty wee or poo.  This take the fault and blame away from the child, so prevents them feeling disappointed or disheartened that it’s not going well. Accidents are a necessary part of the learning process and are normally a good sign of progress.

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