So You Want To Start Potty Training Your Toddler?

Teaching your child to use the toilet, is one of the big milestones for any toddler has to go through. Before you even start contemplating toilet training, you need to look for the signs that your toddler is ready. Starting to sound can be frustrating for both Parent and child, and a can end up making the whole process take a lot longer. 

Now J is just over two year old, he has started to show signs that he wants to potty train - telling me when he's done his business in his nappy, wanting to use the toilet like the older boys do, these are signs of stick out for me and make me think that he is ready to try and give potty training a go. 

So, to get started with potty training you need a few items in your household. Now this doesn't need to be a whole range of this and that, it can be just a few small items just to help get you on your way to potty training success.

I thought I'd write a list of the five items we use whilst potty training and that I think work like a treat when it comes to getting a child doing the right thing.

A potty is a must when it comes to potty training, but one that converts from a potty to a toilet seat is even better. Bumbo's Step 'n Potty provides a complete 3 in 1 toilet training solution for toddlers. Firstly, as a potty when the soft toilet trainer seat is used assembled onto the base to make a potty. This section also has a removable inner potty for easy cleaning.

When your child is a little older and ready to use the toilet, but not quite tall enough to get to the seat, the base of the Bumbo Step 'n Potty converts into a slip-resistant step stool and the soft seat can then be placed on the adult toilet for the ultimate security & comfort.

For the same reason as above, a potty is necessary when training a toddler. It can be quite difficult when out and about though as lugging a potty around, and then finding somewhere to empty it, or constantly searching for a toilet, can be tiresome. My Carry Potty combats this problem easily though and means that you can still get out whilst potty training.

The potty is really lightweight, leak-proof and completely bag free, designed with a unique lid that provides a completely watertight seal. Once open, the toddler can do their business and then when finished, the potty clicks shut with a secure locking mechanism and stops anything from leaking, keeping all the odour locked inside it too. And it comes in a range of funky designs to keep the little ones engaged too.

Training pants are a great way for toddlers to learn all about pants but still have some protection from accidents. Close Parent have specially designed Pop-in potty training pants to ease the transition from nappy to potty. They are designed to look and feel like grown up pants but they still let little ones feel the wetness and can be pulled up and down easily. They are fully reusable so can be washed, dried and ready to be used again,over and over until potty training is successful.

What's more, Close Parent also do a Pop-in Night Time Pants which have a clever combination of absorbent and waterproof fabrics inside which coupled with a deep elastic cuff help provide the ultimate protection against leaks during the night.

If you're looking for pull ups that have the absorbency of nappies then ASDA Little Angels First Pants are perfect for this. with up to 12 hours of dryness, the Little Angels First Pants are great for both day and night use. They have quick-release seams for fuss-free changing and can be pulled up and down like normal pants. 

Inside the pants is soft, super-absorbent gel beads which can hold up to 30 times their own weight so the odd accident will be caught and absorbed. The leg cuffs are also gently elasticated to help prevent leaks.

Having a reward chart is a great way to get little ones to potty train. The Penwizard Potty Training bundle comes with a personalised book, wall-chart and stickers to help with potty training. The book is personalised to your child and follows their journey as they pick out their own potty and practice until they are successful at potty training. 

The reward chart has different sections for wearing pants, sitting on the potty, using the potty etc, and as you child does those things, they get a sticker onto the chart, It's a really great way to get toddlers wanting to use the potty. 


  1. We had the potty book too - it definitely helped Erin understand what was happening! :) she loved that the little girl looked like her!

  2. Fantastic post, we aren't quite at potty training and I'm already dreading it. So great to read a post from someone in the know!

  3. The bumbo seat and step look absolutely fantastic. Great tips!

  4. Great post we are starting to get our son use to the idea

  5. ah we were only reminiscing about this last night!!
    one for a wee, two for a poo (chocolate button treats!)

  6. I don't think it'll be long before we do potty training again! The good thing about Toby is that he practically did all the work himself, although I think Ted might need some convincing! x

  7. I dreaded potty training but I think if you're prepared and relaxed it shouldn't be too hard - you just have to wait for them to be ready. That Bumbo step and potty looks amazing! x

  8. If the family trip falls right in the middle of this, you are going to have to figure out how to continue your child's potty training while you are away. Travel Potty Seat