It’s normal to see a regression after the first couple of weeks
During the first few days and even weeks of potty training, the focus is often fully on potty training but then life returns to normal and all the usual distractions are re-introduced: Nursery, playdates, trips in the car, and to shops! This is when accidents can become more common, due to distractions.
Communication with your child’s nursery
Your childcare provider can offer great support and advice during the potty training process. Depending on how much childcare you have in place, your child maybe around their key workers for a large part of the day, and so they may actually be the ones who spot the signs of readiness to potty train.
Childcare also has the benefit of your child being around other children who may also be using a toilet. This can be a great tool as your little one sees their friends with good toileting habits encouraging them to try as well.
Out and about
First trips out can be stressful as you may need extra time to find toilets and to queue. Go prepared with a change of clothes and try to protect expensive car seats and buggies.
Some children are scared of the toilet. It can be the drop or the noise of the flush or hand dryer. Talk to your child about any fears they have and explain to them what to expect when out and about.
Problems with poos
One common issue that appears to be very stressful for both parents and children is doing poos in the toilet or potty. This is the situation where we recommend giving your child a nappy to poo in.
Not wanting to potty train
Some children don’t want to potty train, and can be quite determined not to engage in the process. This can become a battle of wills and it’s often a time to take a step back.
Training older children
There is an ideal time to potty train, and if you hit this window, it should take less time to complete the process. If you miss it, it can take considerably longer.
Children with special needs
In some cases children may need additional support with potty training. Delayed speech and conditions such as autism can make potty training even more challenging.