What age is best for potty training?
According to the NHS, there’s no perfect time to start potty training your child. It depends on the child, the timing and the childcare support you have.
Be aware of your child’s development
Before you can start potty training, your child has to be physically able to control their bowels and bladder. As a rough guide, most children last all night without a poo by the age of 1. And they stay dry for longer as their bladder grows and develops.
Parents typically start potty training between 18 and 30 months. But every child is different and it helps to look for the signs your child is ready.
Make sure the timing is right
When you start potty training, your child will need your attention. So it’s best to start when you have the time and you’re not expecting any big changes to your routine.
Get support from your childcare providers
Being consistent with the training is really important. You need to make sure everyone who’s taking care of your child is following the same training too, using the same technique and the same pull-up nappies.
Signs your child is ready for potty training
It’s a good time to start potty training your child when you notice several of these signs.
Their nappy stays dry for longer
According to Pampers, one of the signs is when your child can keep their nappy dry for at least 2 hours. This shows their bladder is developing more capacity and they’re starting to have more control over it.
There’s a change in their behaviour
You notice your child’s behaviour changes when they need to use the toilet. They might start to fidget or go somewhere where they can’t be seen. If they can communicate, they might tell you they’re having a poo.
They seem curious about the toilet
If your child shows an interest in what you’re doing when you go to the toilet, this is a good chance to encourage them. There are children’s books you can read together and TV episodes made for children that can help explain things in a child-friendly way.
They try to remove their own nappy
Experts at NCT say, if your child recognises when they have a wet or dirty nappy they may pull at it, take it off or ask you to change it. This is a good sign that it’s time to switch to pull-up nappies and start training.
They want to be more independent
Most children get to a stage where they want to feed and dress themselves. If they can pull their own trousers or leggings up and down, they could be ready for pull-up nappies and learning to use the potty.
They’re communicating with words or actions
Your child might have started telling you, or giving you signals, when they’re filling their nappy or need to use the toilet.
They have the skills
When you think about it, going to the toilet takes some skills! You’ll have more success if your child can walk to the potty, pull their own pants down and sit still for as long as it takes them. You can also help them with other skills, like wiping and hand-washing.
Pull-up nappies for potty training
While you’re potty training your child, you’ll need pull-up nappies that are easy for your child to remove by themself.
Pull-up nappies look and feel more like regular pants. But they still offer the protection you need — because there will be some accidents along the way.
They have smart features too. Take Huggies Pull-ups, for example. They have a learning layer that gives the temporary feeling of wet underwear, so your child can learn to tell the difference between wet and dry. And they’re printed with a fun design that starts to fade when they get wet, so there’s an incentive for your child to keep them dry.
For older children, DryNites pyjama pants can help with nighttime bed-wetting. They’re soft, comfortable and designed to look and feel like regular underwear. But they offer protection where it’s most needed, with designs for boys and girls.
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