We’ve been working with Huggie’s pull-ups for the last 6 months, trying to get our toddler potty trained.
Potty training is something that I always thought would be so easy. It’s something so natural, that we all have to go through, yet in reality it was a lot harder than I thought.
The first thing that you really must remember is that every child is different. Maybe your child is 18 months and showing signs of being ready for potty training. Or maybe your child is 3 years old and still doesn’t seem interested in the toilet.
One thing I’ve learnt from our potty training journey is that everybody hits different hurdles at various stages.
We’ve already shared with you our ‘Potty Training Journey With Huggie’s Pull-Ups‘ and our ‘Final Stages Of Potty Training‘ experiences. If you are about to embark on potty training or you are in the process of, they’re both really worth a read.
Today I’m sharing with you three potty training hurdles that we experienced; difficulties with pooing in the toilet, potty training whilst travelling and potty training when your child goes to nursery.
Our experience: Pooing on a potty can feel very different from pooing in a nappy. It’s completely normal for your toddler to find this strange and uncomfortable and for it to take them a while to master.
A hard poo or an unpleasant experience like being splashed by wee or toilet water while pooing, can put children off trying again. It might sound strange but it’s really common for toddlers to see their poos as a part of themselves and they can feel upset about them being flushed away.
When we started potty training, our daughter struggled with this a bot. At first I dealt with it all wrong and got a bit frustrated when she was running and hiding behind things. But Dr. Heather Wittenburg and Huggie’s Pull-Ups gave us some top tips about how to overcome this. As soon as we implemented them Evie started to naturally ask for the toilet. It then only took a couple of days for her to be fully potty trained during daytimes.
- Whenever they do a poo, empty the contents of the training pants into the potty or toilet and explain that this is where it’s supposed to go before asking them to help you flush it away.
- Bit by bit, encourage them to try doing a poo on the potty and give them plenty of praise and reward for their efforts. With time and patience, your toddler will be using the potty for poos as well as wees.
- A reward chart with fun stickers can really help persuade a reluctant potty trainer! Using stickers and charts as a reward are just as affective as other little treats. Choose what works best for you!
- Praise, praise, praise! This will help them to feel more confident and comfortable with the new skills they’re learning. Non-verbal praise, like smiles and squeezes, is just as important as the verbal kind.
Our experience: We recently went travelling with our toddler across Europe for a whole month. We were part way through potty training when we left and although I was a bit worried about Evie regressing, she actually did so well. Some issues with travelling aboard did arise though.
These included long public transport journey’s, looking for bathrooms, paying for bathrooms and finding Huggie’s pull-ups.
- Try to stay consistent when potty training. When you’re out and about on holiday, try to stick to your home routine as much as possible.
- Encourage your little one to go to the loo just before you leave home, as this will limit the need to rush to the toilet before you’ve had a chance to look around where you are.
- Once you arrive at your destination, locate the nearest toilet and let your toddler have a look-see for later. From our experience they can be really hard to find, especially in Europe. Google maps is a great help!
- Toddlers are easily distracted by new environments, so remind your child when it’s time to visit the loo.
- Take Huggies® Pull-Ups® away with you! On our journey around Europe, we found it so hard to find pull-ups. We ended up having to buy nappies, which are super expensive and for ‘bigger toddlers’ only come in huge packs. We recommend making room in your suitcase. Plus a bonus is that when they are all gone, you have space to take back all your holiday shopping.
- Take change with you. In Europe in particular, you have to pay to use the public toilets, or you’ll need to buy something in a small cafe so that you can use theirs.
Our experience: We found that although Evie would confidently ask for the bathroom when we are at or when we were out and about, she always regressed at nursery through the first few weeks.
Nursery is a busy place. There are lots of other children to look after and your little one might be so engrossed in activities and playing with their friends that they forget to ask to go. It’s also a bit nerve wracking asking to use the toilets at nursery when you’re so used to nappies.
- Show your little one the toilet facilities at their nursery or preschool and explain how everything works.
- Help them understand what to do if they need a wee at nursery.
- Talk about potty training with your nursery school teacher and make sure they’re aware of the stages you’re at, your child’s typical cues and any challenges you are facing.
- Pack Huggies® Pull-Ups®, they will help avoid embarrassing accidents in the early days.
- Remember to dress your toddler in clothes that are easy for them to pull up and down.
- Pack spare clothes just in case.
Remember that nursery staff often have a lot of potty training experience and can be a great asset in the transition.
We hope these top tips have helped you. Don’t forget to check out our other two posts; Potty Training With Huggie’s Pull-Ups and The Final Stages Of Potty Training. Within these posts we let you know about some great games you can play through your potty training journey to make it a lot easier and a lot more fun.
We also have two vlogs. The one below goes into more details about these hurdles we faced and the second one (you can find that here), is about all the great things you can get for your potty training journey.
Are you in the process of potty training? Have you hit similar potty training hurdles to us? Let us know in the comments below.