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Parenting: It’s all about Potty Training

May 20, 2019

Potty training can be a tricky business. It is an extraordinary practice since it usually is the first daily life activity that your child will start to independently manage. Parents often question when is the right time to start potty training? How do go about potty training and which potty should they choose? In this article, we aim to help answer these questions with the help of the innovative, stylish and ecological Eco by Naty Clean Potty.

When to start potty training?

Potty training is a major milestone for your child so how do you know when your child is ready for it? Every child is unique and when to start potty training depends on the mental and physical readiness, and not on a specific age. As stated in the Mayo Clinic’s guidelines to potty training ask yourself these questions:

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  • Does your child seem interested in the potty chair or toilet, or in wearing underwear?
  • Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
  • Does your child tell you through words, facial expressions or posture when he or she needs to go?
  • Does your child stay dry for periods of two hours or longer during the day?
  • Does your child complain about wet or dirty diapers?
  • Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them up again?
  • Can your child sit on and rise from a potty chair?

If your answer is mostly yes to these questions your child could be ready for potty training.

Which potty to choose?

There are so many potties on the market, how do you know which one to choose? The Eco by Naty Clean Potty is the most convenient and environmentally friendly potty on the market. With this potty, there will be less mess since you have a biodegradable bag in the potty, which you just flush in the toilet after the child has done the dirty business. No additional cleaning is needed, which will save you lots of time. Also, the potty is made of 100% renewable material, a plastic made from sugar cane.

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How to start potty training?

When you’ve decided to start the training, two major points to keep in mind is a positive attitude and patience. Also, it is good to have a consistent plan instead of using trial and error so that your toddler doesn’t get confused. For example, how do you want to start and how will you handle accidents? When this is established it is time to get all the useful equipment. Start with making your child accustomed with the potty. For example, you can have your child sit on the potty without a nappy for a few minutes several times a day. There are several potty-training books and toys to entertain your child while waiting. Even though your child just sits there, compliment your child for trying and tell your child that s/he can try again later.

Potty training incentives

Some children will learn easier and faster with incentives, like for example stickers, a star chart or extra bedtime stories. Another incentive is to do potty training cards, which get a punch each time your child achieve to go to the potty. Then, for example, after the child has gotten 5 punches s/he will get a reward. Verbal praise is also very important.

Good luck with your potty training!

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  • Tracy Nixon May 20, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Start during the Summer if you can, so you toddler can roam around in just their pants and a top – it makes it so much easier for them to quickly pull down their pants when they need to use the potty rather than have to pull down tights/trousers etc.

  • Ursula Hunt May 20, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Do not rush it, if your friends children are potty trained do not worry yours will get there too, its not a sign of failure or a race

  • Kristen May 20, 2019 at 10:50 am

    My son is 2 and starting to show signs of being ready !

  • S. Otoole May 20, 2019 at 11:58 am

    The two P’s come to mind, Patience and Perseverance and remember all children are different.

  • debbie smith May 20, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    have patience it can be so frustrating at first but kids really do get it in the end fab giveaway thankyou

  • ADEINNE TONNER May 20, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    My advice is to have lots of patience as it takes time

  • Peter Watson May 20, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Don’t try to bully your way through it.

  • Solange May 20, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Let them see you on the loo. Toddlers learn by imitation. When they sees you using the toilet, take the opportunity to talk to them about it. Explain that they can use the toilet when they’re bigger. Make it sound exciting.

  • Justine Meyer May 20, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    When at home I used to leave their underwear off then it was easier for them to use the potty

  • Ellen Marchbank-Smith May 20, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    We’re about to start potty training so this would be perfect for us!

  • Kim M May 20, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Start early just having the potty around for teddies to wee in x

  • Troy Easton May 20, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Take your time and read books they help.

  • Samantha O'D May 20, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Attempt it in the warmer weather, they can have lots of nappy free time outside

  • Susie Wilkinson May 20, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    If you stress, so will they, it’ll happen when they’re ready….and puppy pads are great for then to sit on!

  • Julia Kerr May 21, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Remind them often, even when you think they have got it, because when they start to play they get absorbed in what they are doing and don’t notice the warning signs or think to go to the toilet (or they may but not want to stop playing so ignore it) and make them go just to try every so often

  • Margaret GALLAGHER May 21, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Don’t stress and compare with others – each child is unique and special

  • Katie Skeoch May 21, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Keep calm and avoid any upheaval around the same time. I’ll have a newborn soon and will be delaying potty training my 2 year old until he’s settled

  • Jo Bickley May 21, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    I’ve just been told to wait until he’s ready, there’s no point rushing him and scaring him!

  • Jemma Dwyer May 23, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    take your time don’t pressure them

  • Rich Tyler May 24, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Keep at it, they’ll get it in end

  • Donna Loxton May 24, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Don’t feel any pressure to get it done before your child is ready.

  • Susan B May 25, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Buy the potty from a shop, take your toddler with you to choose it, leave it out and let them know it is theirs when they are ready.

  • Jo m welsh May 26, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Do it when you think your child is ready don’t rush them because a friends child was ready before yours all children are different .

  • Kim Neville May 26, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Wait until they are ready and don’t get stressed with accidents

  • Jean Cassell May 27, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I remember my son running around on the beach in just his pants having a moment of discovery as the pee ran down his legs. His son was born Christmas Eve so I would love to give them this.

  • janine atkin May 28, 2019 at 9:38 am

    have patience !!!!

  • Ruth Harwood May 29, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    the main thing you need is patience and a lot of cleaning products for accidents!!

  • Sharon Lou Johnson June 4, 2019 at 11:59 am

    omg im about to start potty training, dreading it! x

  • Rachel T June 6, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Don’t pressure the,m, they will do it when theyre ready

  • paula cheadle June 7, 2019 at 12:23 am

    don’t rush doing it, the child and you know when they are ready, and give plenty of praise

  • Edward Guerreiro June 7, 2019 at 11:53 am

    I wish I did. She was doing really well at first. But, on the day of her 3rd birthday, she regressed, and has only made slight improvements since. Fortunately, she has a little ‘I need the potty’ dance so, if you pay attention, you can avert any accidents.

  • lynn neal June 7, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    I think they usually let you know when they are ready!

  • donna l jones June 7, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    be patient make it fun

  • Diana June 7, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Do not rush it and be very patient 🙂

  • ro day June 8, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Your child will be ready, when they are ready.

  • Sarah Lambert June 8, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Take a laid back approach don’t stress over accidents as the child will pick up on it

  • Theresa THomas June 9, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Be relaxed about it. If they don’t like sitting on a potty, try them straight on the toilet with a training seat

  • Cathryn Crawshaw June 9, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    keep going …. it will get better

  • Jeanette Leighton June 9, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Don’t worry or rush it once your childs ready it will hapen

  • Naomi Williams June 9, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Wait till the child is ready everyone is different and has different lifestyles

  • Jodi hill June 9, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    I have absolutely zero advice but I’m willing to absorb lots! I have a daughter who’s 2.5 and showing absolutely no interest in potty training whatsoever, my friends daughter who is 2 months younger has been trained for nearly 6 months, i know all kids are different but my daughter is such a nervous little thing when it comes to literally everything, I’m worried about her starting nursery in September!

  • Sylvia Paul June 9, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    When I was potty training my Daughter we made a game of putting her favourite doll on it firstand after a couple of days she happily started copying x

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