Toilet Training Tools: Potty Chairs to Toddler Leggings
As your young one starts to grow into a toddler, there’s no doubt they’ll quickly start seeking more independence. This can happen in a number of ways, but one particularly milestone means more than most. The transition from wearing nappies to being fully potty trained is a vital process and experience for your toddler, one that can often be tricky and complex to get right. Here, we outline essential toilet training tools for your toddler, to help encourage them to take the next step in their independence by using the potty.
Potty Training Preparation
Parents often begin thinking about potty training by the time their children reach the age of two, or two and a half, but in truth, there really is no perfect time to start toilet training, it’s more a matter of when your children are ready. Generally, toddlers will exhibit the following behaviours when they have reached a stage where potty training can be achieved:
- Children become aware they have a dirty or wet nappy.
- They understand when they need, or are going to the toilet, and may inform you when it’s happening.
- The gap between wetting is an hour or more.
- Children may exhibit physical discomfort, such as fidgeting, or may go somewhere quiet.
Once this stage has been reached, there is a handful of encouraging strategies and training tactics you can begin to put in place to help your toddler to associate going to the toilet with the potty, and by extension, the toilet. Below are some key strategies you can use:
- Get them used to the idea gradually.
- Talk to your toddler about the difference between wee and poo and what a wet nappy means.
- Communicate the importance of wiping, flushing and washing hands.
- Leave a potty where your toddler can see it and explain what it is when they ask.
- Let your toddler use the potty as a seat to become familiar with it.
Now your toddler has been prepared and has shown they are ready to transition from nappies to potty training, it’s time to begin! Below, we outline essential toilet training tools you can use to help the process and encourage your toddler to use the potty.
Toilet Training Tools
Whilst you won’t require an artillery of potty training tools to help your toddler to use the toilet more independently, there are a number of essential toilet training tools that will encourage them and help set them up for independent toilet use in the future. We provide a complete guide to toilet training tools, offering insight into their applications and importance in toilet training.
A scaled-down version of the real thing, potty chairs are designed to mimic full-size toilet systems without the need for a step. Potty chairs are meant to be more accessible for children, allowing them to plant their feet on the floor for sitting down and standing back up. Available in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes, some with lids and/or flushes, others without, potty chairs are a highly versatile and essential toilet training tool for children.
Toilet Seat Reducer
Often referred to simply as a seat reducer, these toilet seats are designed to slot comfortably into your current, regular-sized toilet seat. Typically fitted with steps to help your young toddler reach the seat and rest their feet whilst sitting, toilet seat reducers won’t require additional cleaning or waste disposal as this will be flushed directly down your toilet.
A step stool is a simple toilet training tool that can be incorporated easily into your current bathroom set-up, helping your toddler to reach both the toilet seat and the sink for washing their hands afterwards. Step stools can be both single-step or multistep spending on the specification, height of the toilet, or if needed for the sink.
As your toddler becomes more independent and familiar with the potty and is passing small amounts of urine ten or more times a day you should consider buying them underwear. To encourage this transition, you can provide your children with underwear that has a sense of fun, either bright colours, cuddly characters or famous superheroes to suit their interests. Underwear at this stage should be relatively loose-fitting to help make it easier to take them off and pull them back up frequently in case of accidents.
As an extension of this, you could consider cloth training underwear that can be helpful for catching small accidents either on the go or on the way to the potty. Training underwear is fitted with light padding sewn into the fabric to help soak up leaks, but the fabric remains wet to alert your toddler to the fact they have wet themselves to help train them to understand when this happens. Cloth training underwear is generally reusable and is considered a cost-effective, short-term measure as your toddler moves from nappies to underwear.
Toddler leggings are perfect for toilet training, as they're designed with an expandable elastic waist that can fit over your toddler’s nappy easily and can be removed quickly with little hassle. This also means they last longer, growing with your toddler, saving you money in the process. At Claybear, our toddler leggings are an ideal choice for almost any occasion, whether you’re having a quiet day at home or a family day out at the Zoo, our leggings are made from a breathable organic fabric that’s comfortable for both winter and summer days. Available in a range of styles, colours and prints, our toddler leggings are designed with your toddler’s unique interests in mind.
Easy-To-Remove Infant Clothing
Much like toddler leggings, seeking loose, easy-to-remove infant clothing is an essential part of toilet training, as your toddler grows and becomes more independent, they will still need clothing that makes pulling trousers and underwear up and down easy, reducing the risk of accidents. Clothing for toilet training shouldn’t be restrictive, have tricky buttons or zips and should instead be loose-fitting and easy to remove, or lift up and down, such as dresses, joggers or shorts.
In truth; the most important factor to remember is that when your child is ready, they’re ready. Try your hardest not to rush the process, or start potty training too early, every child is different, and pottery training can be a different challenge for boys and girls. Make sure your toddler is showing those signs of independence and need for change before you begin your toilet training, to provide yourself with the best possible chance of success.
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