Potty training: 4 steps to success

Potting training is a huge milestone for every child. It means they are growing and getting closer to to mastering control over their bladder. There are lots of things you can do to support your child to reach this big milestone like making sure they start at the right time. Aim for a period of at least a week where you’ll both be at home and relaxed (some children need about two weeks or more). Avoid stressful times such as moving home, when your little one is teething or starting preschool or when adding a new baby to the family.
Follow these step-by-step tips and nappies will soon be a thing of the past!

1. Make it fun

Peppa Pig 3-Pack panties, from ages 2–7 years for R69.95.

Superman & PJ Mask knitted boxers, ages 2-7 years for R49.95 each

Buy fun Character underwear to help them associate potty-time with fun! Make a day-to-day chart and decorate it with stickers of their favourite superhero or cartoon character. After each successful bathroom trip, he can place a sticker on the chart.

2. Pick and buy the right potty

Choose from a potty that sits on the floor or a potty seat that goes on top of the adult toilet. If you choose to use a potty seat, get a step stool to make it easy to climb up and to support his feet when sitting.

3. Timing

Choose certain times in the day to take your child to the potty (whether or not he has to go). For example, have him sit on the potty every two hours, including first thing in the morning, before you leave the house, and before naps and bedtime.

4. Praise him

Accidents happen – some children still have accidents and many don’t stay dry at night until age five or even later. Don’t punish your little one for wetting his pants; he’s just learning and can’t help it. Punishing him might only make him scared of using the potty. Instead, praise him when he uses the potty successfully.

Click here to tell if your little one is potty-training ready.