When to start potty training

When to start potty training?

When to start potty trainingWhen to start potty training?

Potty training…. One will start when their child is 2.5 years old and another will say: “I’ll wait until they are ready!” But what if that doesn’t happen? Are you going to wait until the very last minute just before they go to primary school?

If we’re talking about potty training most parents feel insecure and/or called upon. So many people have an opinion about it. Parents, Parents in law, friends, teachers. “Is your child still wearing a nappy?” Or: “Are you starting already?” You are never doing it the right way. 😉

Signals vs. age

We recommend to look at signs. Because from these signs you can tell if it’s useful to start potty training.

The signals are:

  • Can they sit unsupported?
  • Can they walk?
  • Do they let you know that their nappy is full?
  • Can he/she say no?
  • Does he or she understand (simple) tasks and carry them out?
  • Can your toddler imitate something or someone?
  • Can he/she pick up an item?
  • Is your child interested in the potty or toilet?

If you can tick 3-4 signals, they are ready to start potty training!

Are you ready? Can you take time off to start?

Teaching your child to get potty trained is often not something you look forward to and is most of the time not something that happens overnight. But, when you do this together – in a week time- you will rock this!

The feedback we receive from parents is often that they wished they would have started sooner. The results are amazing and it saves some penny’s too ( around GBP 350 per half year!) and we haven’t even mention how thankful the environment will be when you stop using nappies.

‘In the end it’s amazing to see the confidence boost your child gets from starting this adventure with you!’

So….. What are you waiting for? 😉

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6 thoughts on “When to start potty training?”

  1. Hi my son tuned 3 today we did try potty training a couple of time as he seemed to be ready or showing signs of been ready but unfortunately he seemed uninterested and I didn’t won’t to pressure him as didn’t want him feeling more uncomfortable, he’s fully aware of when he wees and when he’s filling Is nappy, but he goes and hides tho when this happens, he as always done this tho it’s kinda difficult to 🙈 he’s my 3rd boy and my other 2 where the same and there was almost 3 to so is it just a boy thing or is there more ways I can try to encourage him people have said he will be ready when he feels more ready i do encourage him loads but I feel he’s just just 100 percent comfortable within himself at the moment!!

    • Hi Clare, this is normal behaviour, not specific to boys. The feeling of pooing can be exciting or an akward feeling, that’s why he’s searching privacy. This could result in some struggles not wanting to go on the potty. But if you comfort him or put the potty on a private spot you can turn this to a positive thing. Just acknowledge his feelings and make suggestions that make him feel comfortable.
      Make small steps and you will achieve your goal.

  2. Hi my boy is 18 months old and showing signs of potty training. Tells us when he’s had a poo and wants his full wet nappy changing etc. Is he too young to start potty training?

    • Hi Rachel, these signs are telling you he is mentally ready. Kids are getting physically ready around 18-20 months. We like too keep some margin here and advise to start around 24 months to be sure he’s physically ready too. That does not mean you can’t try. There are parents who try and succeed around 18 months. Keep it accessible and keep in mind it’s early for him if you plan on trying it.

  3. My toddler is showing signs of being ready but cries when we ask him to go on the potty before going in the bath and will hold his wee until he is in the bath. How do I help him not be afraid of the potty?

    • Hi Zoe, the potty can be an exiting thing. Take small steps to let him get used to the potty. For instance use a teddy bear and let it wee on the potty to let your boy know it isn’t scary. Next step is to let him sit on the potty with his clothes still on. Reward him if he takes this step. Next step with his nappy on, and so on.
      It’s important to take his fear seriously, so you can guide him step by step.


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