Here are our top tips for potty training

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Potty training is the first step to allowing your child to use the toilet independently. For our top tips to potty train and making it a success, read on.
Your child will be able to use the toilet and potty properly from an early age.

Potty training is a difficult task that requires patience. These are our tips for successful potty training. These tips, along with patience, will help your child to be a success at the potty.

Here are ten tips to help you get potty trained.

1. Prepare

A special shopping trip might be a good idea for your toddler to buy a toilet training seat or a potty. Encourage them to potting train by letting them pick their pants, knickers and pull-ups.

Parents may prefer to purchase a travel potty or potette for their children. Others simply need to use the toilet while on-the-go.

2. Get the potty out

It is a good idea for your toddler to see the potty and become familiar with it before you begin potting training. Talk to your child about the potty and how you can use it. You may want to have them sit fully clothed.

To avoid having to run up and down the stairs, some parents will have a few potties around the house.

3. Talk about the bathroom

This is the perfect time to start talking about the toilet and potty. Talking to your toddler about toilets and wees can help them learn more about the process.

You might find them following you to the bathroom and watching what your actions are. They might be interested in learning more about the toilet and how it works.

4. Are they available?

Potty training should only be started when your child is ready. Instead of trying to force them to do something that they are not ready for,

Don’t panic if you don’t succeed with potty training. Regressions and setbacks are possible, and they’re normal. Keep their potty in sight, but they can be trained to use it again within a few weeks.

5. Natural timing

You can encourage your child to use the bathroom at the same time every day. Keep their nappy clean and encourage them to use the potty first thing in the morning. If they go right after eating, they might prefer that time. You may also be able to recognize signs that they are about go, and you might be able to get them to the potty quickly.

6. Hand washing

Start teaching your toddler good hygiene habits and hand washing right away. You can make washing your hands more enjoyable by singing along and letting them use the soap. It is important to explain to children why they should wash their hands after using the toilet. This will help keep them safe from bacteria and bugs.

7. Have fun with it

It doesn’t have be boring to learn how to use the toilet and sit on the potty. Talking to your child about the toilet and reading them stories can be a good idea. It is a great way to encourage your child and it usually gets them excited.

8. Be patient and calm

Your child will be learning a new skill by using a potty. It may take some time to learn and you should go at your child’s pace. Children learn how to control their bladders and bowels when they’re physically ready. Sometimes it can be frustrating but they will eventually master this skill and you will be proud of them.

9. Accept the inevitable

There will be small accidents, but sometimes there will be setbacks in potty training or regressions. It is important to accept that learning new skills like the potty can take time and practice is key. For any mishaps that may occur, make sure you have a spare set of clothes and toilet paper.

10. Positive thinking is key

Keep your child motivated and positive. Give praise to them for using the potty or trying. Many toddlers respond well to praise and encouragement. They will likely ask for the toilet or potty more often if they are given lots of it. A sticker or reward chart might be a good option.

Potty training takes patience and concentration. As with many stages of child development, your toddler will be able to use the potty once they are ready.