When to start potty training

Learn how to tell when it’s time to start your baby potty training journey with our top tips.

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When to start potty training

It can sometimes be difficult to know when to start potty training as different children are ready at different ages and what worked for your first child may not work for subsequent siblings. Don’t fret though! With our top tips for spotting signs that symbolise it’s time to start baby potty training, as well as advice for beginning this big step in your parenting journey, we’ll help you get there.

As well as having the right equipment from training pants to a potty, make sure you keep cleaning products like Cif handy for any inevitable accidents during the process. This way you know your home will be clean and hygiene afterwards.

What age to start potty training

Every child is different and it can be hard to decide when to potty train your kids.

Early potty training can occur at around 1-years-old but many parents wait until their child is 2-3-years old. It is best to wait until both your child and you are ready.

Key Steps

  1. Have everything ready well in advance. Don’t be caught short.
  2. Explain the process to your child so they understand what’s expected.
  3. Listen to your child – if they start talking about using the toilet, hiding when they fill their nappy or pulling at a dirty nappy then it may be time to start potty training.
  4. Get them into a routine of sitting on the potty or toilet at intervals during the day.

What will you need to start potty training?

  1. A potty and/or a training step and seat for the toilet. You may want to invest in a travel option too so that your hard work isn’t pushed back by outings.
  2. Training pads for the bed (these can also be used on the sofa during the day).
  3. Consider items for when you’re out and about such as a travel training seat which can fold up inside your bag or a travel potty.

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