Why you should wait to attempt potty training

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Why you should wait to attempt potty training

potty training at christmas

In a recent blog post, we wrote about how potty training regression can be commonly experienced at Christmastime.

There is so much going on, and everyone involved in the potty training process can become distracted without even realising.

We thought we should remind you of the perfect time to start potty training, and when you should wait.

They are showing the signs of readiness

The best time to start potty training is firstly when your child is exhibiting the signs of readiness.

These are physical and emotional signposts such as communication skills and understanding simple instructions.

Assessing whether your child is displaying these can help to determine if they are ready to start the potty training process.

You have cleared your diary

The best time thing to do when deciding whether to start potty training is to take some time off.

Ideally, we recommend that you clear your diary, stay at home and don’t plan to do too much.

The key to cracking the early days of potty training is to constantly ask your child to try the potty, spot patterns in their toileting behaviour, reward and reinforce to motivate, and to make sure they are not too distracted.

If you are trying to do all of that in a busy house, full of Christmas excitement, accidents will happen.

Visitors and babysitters are fewer

When your child is starting out, consistency is crucial.

The child needs to know who to ask for help. This way they begin to learn the process and understand their bodily cues.

Having a lot of guests who your child isn’t as familiar with can confuse them. They may be less confident to tell you or them that they need the toilet, which can lead to accidents.

The best situation is to wait until the household goes back to normal, and the people your child regularly interacts with settles down. This includes relatives who help with childcare, child minders, and nursery.

Your child’s environments are consistent

As much as keeping the people and the activities to a minimum, it’s important to have a consistent environment too.

If you’ve decided to visit family or friends, or move your child out of their bedrooms to accommodate others, this can confuse a child.

Their potties or toilets may not be in the same place as they are used to. This can be puzzling a child.

If you think your child might be in different environments over Christmas, we’d recommend waiting until the madness subsides and they can settle back into their normal routines.


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