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Potty Tips

Use mattress protectors to absorb nappy leaks or accidents and always keep a clean spare handy next to the bed. Some are fitted, others are flat - a flat size-single can be slept on horizontally when travelling and is smaller to pack.


Sometimes toddlers are reluctant to wee outside - offer them a flower or pebble to wee on - it makes it more fun when there's something to aim for!


Toddlers sometimes like to hide to do their wee or poo - if they want privacy why not make a little camp around the potty using towels or a cardboard box (with a torch inside to make it even more alluring!).


To help your child feel more comfortable with sitting on the potty encourage them to sit on it clothed before you start trying it without a nappy/clothes on.


If children like to sit on a big toilet but their legs are dangling unsupported, try to find a stool for their feet to rest on. When the legs dangle the rectal muscles tighten and it's harder to poo.


Once your child is familiar with the potty you can empty the contents of a pooey nappy into the potty. Take as long as you need to admire it together! Explain that this is where the poo needs to go and then when you're ready it can go in the toilet and your little one can flush it away and say 'bye bye poo'!


Aim for potty use at specific times of the day such as on waking up in the morning and after naps or before a bath. You could do this together, with you on the toilet and the child on the potty!


Expect accidents and view them as learning experiences! Punishing or sounding disappointed can be very counter-productive as they will discourage the child from working with you.


If you notice your child just starting to poo you can bring a potty over and sit them on - sometimes moving the child to the bathroom can interrupt the process.


Keep a small 'potty basket' next to the potty containing a few favourite look books and some fiddle toys (for those who like to take their time over a poo).



Croc-style shoes are handy when potty training.


A sports water bottle (with a squirty top) is handy for rinsing a potty, either at home or when travelling.


When practising elimination communication carry a small plastic container (eg: an old butter tub) holding a flannel and a jar with a screwable lid. The baby can pee in the container, the flannel absorbs spillages and the wee can be poured into the jar if necessary. (such as on bus journeys).

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