Potty training tends to be the stage many dread – The key to success it to time it right and keep calm!
Most toddlers potty train from approx. 18m to 3 years. Being dry at night times can take a while longer.
It is a good idea to have a potty around before the potty training stage. It can be left about to sit on and be talked about. A great time to encourage your child to sit on it is around bath time when they have no clothes on. Do not expect your child to do anything in it at this stage.
Clues that your child is at potty training stage when they are:
- Showing signs they know before they are going to pee or fill their nappy. Some will tell you but most toddlers will go quiet or hide (behind a door or chair etc).
- Telling you when they are having a pee.
- Becoming very uncomfortable immediately after they have filled their nappy and wanting it removed.
- They are aware of the fact that they have a wet or soiled nappy.
Once you decide to potty train it is important not to send mixed messages by constantly swapping between nappies and pants. Try to have a few days where you can stop using a nappy throughout the day. It is best to continue with nappies at night until you have daytime sorted.
The majority of parents begin thinking about potty training when their child is between the ages of 2 and 2 and a half, but there is no “ideal” age for this process. The summer months may be more convenient for certain people due to the fact that there are less items to take off and laundered clothing dries more rapidly.
Encourage use of the potty or toilet with seat & step (for those who do not like a potty) before and during the use of big boy/girl pants or potty training pants. Regularly ask your toddler if they need to pee or use the potty. If they say yes then help them to sit on the potty. Often nothing will happen but praise them anyway and try again later. Your youngster will be unfamiliar with the concept of using a potty, so introduce them to it gradually.
Do not make a fuss when an accident happens as it inevitably will at first. Using washable potty training pants rather than disposables at this stage can save you money, as you do not have to throw them away when accidents happen and they do not absorb like a disposable so your toddler will feel wet and uncomfortable which helps in the potty training. Also trainer pants are useful instead of pants when you want a little more protection from accidents.
It’s important to remember that you cannot compel your child to use the potty. You won’t be able to force them to use it if they aren’t ready to utilize it. When the time comes, they will want to use one – after all, most children do not want to go to school in nappies any more than you would like them to.
If you feel that you are not having any success with the potty training then stop. Leave it for a couple weeks then try again. This avoids any stress for you and your toddler and it does not become a battle of wills. Your child may not quite be ready. Remember every child is different.
Potty Training Pants
Having survived to tell the tale of 3 potty trainings I would like to share some tips about cloth training pants.
They are, as they are described, pants for training little ones to use the toilet. They are therefore not designed to absorb a lot of fluid. Most brands look just like ‘normal pants’ but have a small built in absorbent layer in the crotch to catch little accidents. Maybe little one is running to the toilet but doesn’t make it, or maybe gets caught up pulling their pants down or even if you have nipped out and not been able to find a toilet in time. They will in fact absorb, in my experience, about 1 pee.
As they are designed to teach little one to know when they are wet, they do keep the feeling of wet next to their skin and have got to be changed as soon as they are wet. There is no reason why you can’t add a fleece liner to draw the wetness away if you wanted to.
Depending on how wet they get they may keep your toddlers trousers dry but the majority of the time they will also get wet so if you are heading out remember extra trousers, socks and possibly shoes!
When your child is ready for potty-training, and ready for pants it is still likely they will have the odd accident. For the sake of your furniture and carpets, and laundry pile, training pants are a really good stepping stone between wearing nappies and wearing pants. They feel different to pants, so your child can make the distinction, but they catch any accidents.
If you’re starting potty training, disposable or washable potty training pants (also known as pull-ups) can come in useful. They can also instill confidence in youngsters when it comes time to transition from nappies to “grown-up” pants. Due to the fact that they do not absorb wee as well as disposable nappies, your child will be able to recognize when they are wet more easily.
What’s the difference between nappy pants and training pants?
There are two main kinds of training pants – some which catch little dribbles, if your child just doesn’t make it in time; an example would be Bambino Mio potty training pants
There ones which can cope with a full on wee or poo, ideal for night time or naps, or if they seem to be forgetting to go or are too engrossed in what they are doing – a great example is Flip Training Pants. Using training pants really reduces the amount of washing and clothing changes, and also saves you having to scrub furniture or carpets and rugs (or bin them, in the worst case! Been there!). And anything that saves times and energy has got to be a good thing, right?!
Much as with nappies, a lot of parents think the only option is go with disposable pull up nappies, but there are lots of fantastic reusable training pants out there. Not only will this save you money (a lot children still need something on their bottom at night long after they are dry in the day, sometimes up to age 5) but it also massively reduces the waste going to landfill.
What are the best potty training pants?
The trouble with training pants is people sometimes expect them to replace disposable pull ups. Unfortunately, nearly all styles/brands are not absorbent enough to be used as such. Baba & Boo, Blueberry, Bambino Mio, Charlie Banana, Pop-ins and Bright Bots are pretty much cotton boosted pants with an inbuilt waterproof layer. Bumgenius Flips and Grovia my choice pants can be boosted up to increase absorbency. However both brands only really fit their own type of insert so it is a bit inconvenient if you have been used to pocket nappies where you can mix and match inserts without much trouble.
Grovia pants can be used with different coloured side panels as per your toddler’s choice. Other brands can offer nice bright colours or patterns to choose from.
A little tip to try to make it easier for parents is that Groviaand Totsbots come undone at the side. This means if you have a really dirty nappy you don’t have to try and pull it down their legs…… very messy believe me!!
Do training pants help with potty training?
Yes, potty training pants do help with your potty training journey. Reusable potty training pants feel and look just like big kid pants and really help children gain confidence, especially for daytime potty training.
- Training pants are a significant step up from “baby” diapers, and toddlers are often excited about the prospect of becoming big girls.
- As a result, if your toddler is already eager to toilet train, the Pull-Ups are unlikely to serve as a crutch, but rather as a safety measure to save your youngster from becoming upset about accidents.
- In addition to preventing messes around the house until your child is fully trained, absorbent training pants are quite convenient for parents.
In short, training pants are useful to keep your home a bit tidier during toilet training but they are not a replacement for a nappy. They can help bridge that gap from nappy to pants, a giant leap when you are little as training pants mimic what they see adults doing, pulling pants up and down to go the toilet.
Should I put pants on when potty training?
Training pants are a kind of happy medium between diapers and underpants made of natural fibers. Despite the fact that they have a cloth-like texture to mimic the feel of traditional underwear, they are comprised of more absorbent materials to help catch leaks before your child reaches the toilet. They not only assist in the transition of toddlers from one thing to another, but they also facilitate a gradual transition to self-dressing for toddlers.
They have a pull-on style and are machine-washable, so you can just toss them in the wash if your child has an accident. They also have a comfortable, elastic band that will make your youngster feel like a real grown-up when wearing them. Some textile pull-ups may also be waterproof, which provides an additional layer of protection against the elements.
The following are the reasons why we recommend incorporating training pants into your potty-training program:
- Increased independence – Because training pants have an elastic waist and a pull-up style, your child will be able to go to the bathroom by herself. They also teach fundamental skills such as dressing, while simultaneously boosting your child’s confidence in her ability to complete tasks on her own. By choosing cotton training pants, you may ensure that your child will be able to detect when he or she has gone to the toilet, which will allow them to communicate mishaps.
- Increased Protection – Training pants have the sensation of soft, comfy underwear, but they are far more protective and durable. You won’t have to worry about cleaning up accidents in the morning because your toddler will be able to wear them during the day as well as to bed. It’s important to remember that children don’t have the finest bladder control, so they may dribble occasionally even when they aren’t completely “going.” Training pants are great for those scenarios.
- Progressive Transition – Pediatricians frequently advise against making the transition from regular diapers to underwear all at once due to the possibility that the transition will be too overwhelming for the child. Training pants are similar to training wheels in that they allow your child to become more familiar with the idea of toilet training without forcing her to dive in head first. We are all aware that gradual introductions can be extremely beneficial when dealing with fearful children.
When should I introduce nappy training pants to potty training?
We recommend that you start your child out in waterproof training pants during the first few weeks of potty training before transitioning to all-clothes types later in the process. Waterproof or plastic training trousers are designed to withstand spills and leaks, so they can withstand all of your oopsie moments while you’re in the middle of your workout.
When making the transition from diapers to training pants, make sure to choose only soft, comfy training trousers; you don’t want your child to reject them because they are annoying or don’t fit properly. It’s not a bad idea to choose adorable outfits with fun patterns so that your youngster looks forward to getting dressed in the morning! Before converting to pull-up diapers, make sure your child is demonstrating symptoms of being ready for toilet training before making the switch.
Reduce, reuse, recycle – how can reusable training pants help?
Washable training pants massively reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, where disposables take hundreds of years to biodegrade, and produce methane gases.
Reuse – cloth pants are reusable! So however long this stage lasts for, you should only need a small number of pants as they are easy to wash and dry. They can be used at night. They can also be used by other siblings, or friends and family; saving even more waste going to landfill.
Training pants are a huge help to parents who are potty-training, and the reusable option will contribute to reducing the 8 million nappies thrown away each year. Disposable potty training pants have the same issues that disposable nappies have, they are made from single use plastic and do not break down for hundreds of years.