Potty-training your toddler can be a bit of a trial. It’s a rite of passage that all children and parents must go through, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. You will find that kitchen roll, a disinfectant spray and several changes of clothes become constant companions.
It can be even more difficult to do it successfully in the winter. At least in the summer your toddler can run about outside in your garden bare-bottomed, and if he or she has an accident, it’s only the lawn that takes a hit. In winter the cold demands that your child remains fully clothed outside, and if you allow him or her to be semi-naked indoors, you will have to be on constant alert to spot the toilet signals.
At least there are plenty of products available to help stressed parents through this difficult but ultimately rewarding period. In fact, there is such a plethora of potty-training aids that it can be hard to see the wood through the trees.
The best place to start is with a book. A good potty-training book will be full of useful tips and will keep you encouraged and motivated, despite the inevitable accidents. Parenting guru Gina Ford’s Potty Training in One Week sets a tough task, but if you follow her suggested programme you should see results quickly.
It’s useful to get your toddler in the right mind set for their impending potty training, and there are plenty of colourful picture books which introduce the subject in an entertaining and unthreatening way. You could try Ladybird’s Pirate Pete’s Potty Training Book for boys or Princess Polly’s Potty Training Book for girls. Both books have a special “cheer” button to press to mark success!
It’s important to get a potty which your little one will want to sit on. There are lots of fun designs around. A Disney Mickey Mouse Potty Chair for boys or Minnie Mouse Potty Chair for girls could do the trick.
If you would prefer your child to get used to sitting on the toilet, you could turn it into a throne with the Disney Princess Training Seat. Your little boy could pretend he’s a racing driver with the Disney Cars Training Seat.
Potty training on the move can be a nightmare, but there are travel potties which can be whipped out in a crisis. The Potette Plus Fold Away Travel Potty and Trainer comes with disposable liners which can be thrown away once the business is completed, minimising mess.