12 July 2017

Make Potty Training Easy on Yourself With These Simple Tips

Harlow is now two and a half years old and is starting to show some signs of wanting to potty train. She's constantly telling everyone when she needs a pee or a poo and is quite happy to sit on the toilet of her own accord. You might be thinking "well what are you waiting for?" and to be honest I think I'm just being lazy and kind of dreading the whole mess to clean up whilst potty training. My son Logan, who's now 7, took a little longer to potty train and had a few accidents so that experience is putting me off however I know I need to do it sooner or later.

With that in mind and the dreaded potty training looming I've put together some simple handy tips to make potty training a bit easier on the adults in this situation. Read on to see what I think will help ease the stress and lessen the mess.

Getting the Proper Equipment
First thing's first. You'll need the proper equipment to get you started. So you'll probably need the basic plastic potty. This is handy for carting around the house as required. A stepping stool to make it easier for your little one to reach the toilet and to wash their hands at the sink. The little plastic seat to go over the top of the toilet so your child doesn't fall in and become terrified forever. Plus some big girl/boy pants which you can let them choose from the shop themselves. This gets the idea of starting to potty train into their head.

Night Time Disasters
It can often take longer for kids to stay dry at night than it does during the day and there will of course be the odd accident. If you're concentrating on being dry during the day first (which I would) then you'll be best getting your hands on some pull-up pants for night time use. I'd also suggest investing in some pee pads (practically like the same ones used for toilet training a puppy) and good waterproof bed sheets to protect your child's mattress. Be safer by putting a pee pad on top of the waterproof bed sheet and you're sorted.
Nerve Racking Journeys
Let's face it, you can't stay locked away in the house with a semi naked child forever. You're going to have to venture out in public at some point but don't worry, I've got you covered my friend. Before strapping your little angel into their car seat you need a Bambella Designs car seat protector. I so wished I had known about them when Logan was potty training but I'll definitely be using ours for Harlow. It's basically a stylish piece of fabric with a waterproof centre which keeps the pees from soaking into the car seat. Genius! And if you're child is desperate to go potty when out and about say on car journeys, camping, at the park etc and there's just no toilets around then you need Tron. It's a simple easy to use disposable potty that folds out and folds up when you need it. Totally brilliant if you ask me. Your nearest stockists of this fab Hippychick product is Keddies in Kirkcaldy and Little Peas in Dunfermline.

Encouragement and Praise
Of course we all know that lots of praise and encouragement can help aid the way to potty training success but why not try throwing in a Reward Chart as well? They won't work for all children but most squeal with glee when they see a shiny new sticker placed on their colour reward chart when they've piddled in the potty. It's definitely worth considering.

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, parents and grandparents. Some (hopefully) helpful tips to make potty training your little one a bit easier on yourself. As let's be honest parenting and looking after the kids is hard enough as it is.

8 comments on "Make Potty Training Easy on Yourself With These Simple Tips"

Gee Gardner on 12 July 2017 at 17:05 said...

My littlest is only just coming up to 18 months and isn't anywhere near ready yet but these tips will definitely come in handy!

Debbie - Hello Deborah on 12 July 2017 at 19:36 said...

I am kind of dreading the potty training stage. I'm still dealing with the odd explosive nappy and that's a enough at the moment. The car seat protector sounds ace, I'd never even thought about that.

Tattooed Tealady on 12 July 2017 at 22:04 said...

Super handy post as we'll be looking to start potty training at the end of this year xo

Sarah on 13 July 2017 at 08:41 said...

While I have had three sucessful potty trained children, each and every time i deal with it i am full of worry, these are awesome tips, and I love the disposable potty! if only i knew about these when i was potty training my eldest too!

The Breastest News on 17 July 2017 at 21:56 said...

I hope they do Gee, my daughter just decided this morning that she will no longer wear nappies!! Wish me luck.

The Breastest News on 17 July 2017 at 21:56 said...

Aw no to the explosive nappies Debbie, nightmare. Yeah the car seat protector is fab and the disposable potties are perfect for the park.

The Breastest News on 17 July 2017 at 21:57 said...

Thanks Sophia x

The Breastest News on 17 July 2017 at 21:57 said...

I know Sarah, I had no idea they existed but so glad I found them :)

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