Week 3 – Keep it going

Keeping up the progress

This stage is all about potty training in the real world, when the spotlight has come off the first couple of weeks of intensive training, and the distractions of every day life are all around.

This is the time when you are most likely to be tempted to put the nappy back on. Try to resist, it could confuse your child and delay potty training.

This week's activities...

Potty training out of the house

Tips for days out

  • Take changes of clothes, a potty in a carrier bag, and make first trips short and achievable.
  • Make people that you are with aware of your expectations, especially if your child is going without you. Ask them to follow your system.
  • Expect accidents with play dates, or at school when they are busy and distracted.
  • Any patterns with accidents? Look out for tiredness.
  • Try to keep positive.
  • Make sure you know where the toilets are when you are out and about. Talk to them about the noise of hand dryers, and the need to queue!

At this stage your child is:

  • Learning to hold on for longer, and tell you when they need to go in advance.
  • Being motivated to go without the need for constant rewards and without being reminded.
  • Learning to listen to their bodies when distracted by play.
  • Having the confidence to ask to go to the toilet when they are away from their own home, or at school or nursery.
  • Look out for signs that your child is tired, as this is a common time for accidents, and give them gentle reminders and extra encouragement. Remember they will forget to listen to their body when they are tired; they are unlikely to be doing it on purpose.

Troubleshooting

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