Not looking forward to potty training?
Don’t worry, you don’t have to do it… that’s right, you can skip it. Jump straight to toilet training instead.
Because it’s all very well potty training your child, but problems can start once a child is potty trained…
They don’t want to pee or poop anywhere other than their own potty.
They get used to having the potty brought to them.
They certainly don’t want to use a toilet… Not at home. Not anywhere else.
Cue parents lugging a portable potty around. There’s also those super fastidious kids who will never poop in the potty… but are fine once they start using the toilet.
The things you’ll need for toilet training…
I never liked the idea of potties, so when my then 18 month old daughter started showing an interest in the toilet, I decided to get her a trainer toilet seat and skip the potty stage.
At 18 months old she wasn’t really ready for real-deal toilet training, but we got the seat so she could ‘play at using it’. If we were near the bathroom, we’d pop her on and sometimes she’d pee!
Toilet training wasn’t without its trials – our dry-clean-only sofa covers have been machine washed on several occasions (but see below for a great way to avoid this) – and there were some frustrating moments for both our daughter and us as parents.
But on the whole, our little girl felt incredibly grown-up using the toilet and we really valued never having to slop out a potty.
Here’s a quick list of some of the things we learnt along the way with toilet training…
- Have toilet/s set up and ready with training seat and step.
- Try to spot the signs that a pee or poop is imminent… you need time to GET to the toilet.
- Teach them how to wipe and shake drips from the get-go.
- Use a waterproof sheet over your sofa.
- Invest in a portable trainer toilet seat.
- Work out where the nearest toilet is when out and ask your child on arrival if they need to go.
And lastly, don’t panic if your child isn’t toilet trained within a couple of weeks. Some children get it really quickly, some take months. Just know that your child will get there eventually!
If you are pretty set on still trying the potty first, check out Alice’s post about her experiences of potty training which includes some useful insights and translatable tips for toilet training.
Hope you found this helpful … for more practical tips do check out our other parenting posts …