In Expert opinion

Each month, Jackie Hardie, owner of The Nursery, gives advice and guidance on aspects of parenting. Drawing on almost three decades working with early years children, including roles as a Reception teacher and an Ofsted inspector, running an international education consultancy, and of course, being a parent, Jackie gives down-to-earth and practical advice.

This month, Jackie focuses on potty training.

Potty training can be a challenge for most children and parents but it is important to remain stress free. Most parents begin to think about potty training around the age of two to two-and-a half, however, it is not an exact science.

Some of the things to look out for when potty training: –

  • Can they tell you if they have a wet or dirty nappy?
  • Can they tell you if they are doing a wee?
  • Can they tell you if they have the urge to go to the toilet?

If a child demonstrates these characteristics it is worth beginning to potty train.  Do not start too early as it will just become too stressful for you and your child.

There are simple things you can do to ensure potty training is a success:-

  • Ensure your child is in clothes which are easy to pull down
  • If they are using a potty ensure there is a potty upstairs and downstairs
  • Encourage the children to flush and wash their hands as this helps them to understand the processes of using a bathroom

There can be set backs during potty training but the most important thing is to always remain positive and provide your child with plenty of encouragement.

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