Parenting, Toddlers

Our guide to nailing potty training!

Brooke by Brooke
October 5th, 2017

This post is brought to you by Little One’s but is 100% my own story and opinions.

Potty training. The two words that make every parent cringe.

I was dreading the day I would have to train my toddler, but then at 18 months old she kept showing signs of wanting to go to the toilet so I couldn’t look away anymore. I had to face up to the reality that this was about to happen. Crap may literally be about to hit the fan.

I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for my eager little toilet goers transition from nappies to the bowl so I sent a quick ‘help me!’ text to those friends that had gone to the potty training battleground before me for any tid bits of advice.

Edie jumping around in her SUPER cute Little One's nappy.

Edie jumping around in her SUPER cute Little One’s nappy.

And now my friends, I’m going to share these pearls of wisdom with you. I hope they help you as much as they did me. I am now on safe and on dry undie ground – which is a great place to be.

1. REWARDS! Rewarding them when they use the potty is essential. Even if just for the start. I used a mixture of mini m&m’s and stickers for my little one every time she used the potty. You can use any currency that excites your kids, my friends stocked up on matchbox cars for number two’s and another friend got away with just a star stamp on her daughters hand.

2. Try and do it in Summer – and be prepared to stay home for at least three days to help them get the hang of it. Most people will attest to three days being the amount of time a child needs to grasp the concept of what’s going on. During this time, I basically cancelled any appointments and we were kinda housebound for three days. I then let Edie wonder around nappy-free (hence nice weather being a huge help here), she played, splashed around in the wading pool and every half an hour or so I asked her if she wanted to go to the potty. After a couple of days, she started telling me when she wanted to go. Then you’re ready to leave the house! But (bonus tip!) be prepared – put undies in your bag at all times!

3. Pop a disposable change mat or hand towel in the car seat while training so if they have any accidents you’re covered. Taking off the seat cover to wash is a HUGE pain in the backside. Same to be said when you’re going out in the pram. I did this for the first couple of months

4. Kids usually nail the daytime way quicker than the night time. So keep the nappy on the toosh for as long as they need at night time and don’t stress if this stage takes a fair bit longer for them to get the hang of. ‘Little Ones’ are the bees knees when it comes to nappies. They’re exclusive to Woolworths. I’ve never had any accidents with these nappies, they have great leakage protection, absorbency and are super comfy on bums of all ages. Also, as a side note they are totes pretty (I’m talking polka dots!) and super affordable too

5. Accidents will happen along the way and that’s totally normal, it doesn’t mean it’s not working. It WILL happen – you won’t send your kid off to high school in a nappy.

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Moisture & Effectiveness, Strength and Thickness, Value for Money, Ease of Opening and Dispensing, and Scent.