When it comes to parenting, one thing that we can all agree on is potty training usually isn’t the most fun time. But it doesn’t have to be stressful. Experts agree that there is no “right time” to potty train, so don’t put pressure on yourself or your child if they don’t seem ready. Every child and family situation is different, but there are a few signs that can indicate your little one may be ready to begin - and that is the key for a successful transition.


  1. Interest in other’s use of the toilet and coping behaviour.

  2. Hiding to pee or poop.

  3. Pulling at their nappy and wanting to be changed after they go.

  4. Tell you when they are about to or when they have just gone in their nappy

  5. Waking from their nap dry and having a dry nappy longer than usual.

Poppy is my TP assistant, she undresses her dollies, puts them on the potty and wipes their bottoms. She hides to go potty and tells us when she has gone. She has been doing these things for a few months, so I think she is ready. I’m just not sure I am!

The first step is really transitioning from nappies to nappy pants. We use Little One’s and have found them absorbent throughout the night, comfortable and easy to pull on and off.


Start potty training during a week you will mostly be home.

Buy a potty or a toilet training seat. Put a little box or stool down so they can rest their feet. It’s important not to leave little ones feet dangling so girls can relax their pelvic floor and it can also help with both girls and boys bowel movements.

Make the bathroom environment a welcoming space. Bring in some books and toys to keep near the toilet or potty.

Depending on your child you may want to gradually phase out of nappies. Maybe start with a few hours in the morning and again in the afternoon, letting them eat, drink, play as normal and pop them on the potty every 15 minutes. At the end of the session, revert to their pull ups. Do this or a few days or a week, before trying all day.

Make a big deal when they get it right! Generous praise, compliments and even little surprise gifts and treats will boost your child’s interest. A sticker chart next to the toilet works well too.

Don’t force your child to go. Wait 2-4 minutes then try again later. It’s also important to note some children prefer privacy.

Remember if it is feeling stressful for you or the child and just not happening, revert to the pull ups and try again in another month or so. Just like there is no right time to potty train there is no “right way” different kids respond to different methods. There is no rush, they will all be toilet trained adults one day, and no-one will ask them “when did they learn to go potty?”

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This post was sponsored by Little One’s Nappies.

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