Baby on potty reaching for toilet paper

Boots guide to potty training

Potty training tips

Children usually begin potty training between 18 months and three years old. By the age of three, nine out of 10 children are dry most days. However, every toddler is different, and all have the odd accident – especially when they're excited or upset. It's also important to ensure that your child takes in enough fluid and fibre, helping to avoid the painful problem of constipation.

Know the signs

Your toddler will come to potty training in their own time. Most children want to be dry and clean, and will start to recognise the need to go to the toilet. They might tell you about it, meaning they're ready to give the potty a go, but be patient as the process could take time. Children tend to master bladder control before bowel control.

Choose a potty that accompanies your child on the journey from potty seat to potty ring and step stool.

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Potty on mat with toys

Let's go potty

Leave a potty where your toddler can see it and can get to know what it's for. Encourage them to sit on it and see if they use it. If not, it doesn't matter – it will still help them familiarise themselves with the routine.

A colourful and cute potty may help them to give it a go.

Shopping trip

Make potty training interesting and enjoyable for your child. Plan a shopping trip for their first few pairs of 'big pants' – you may be surprised at how fun they find the experience. To help with independence, dress your child in clothes they can manage for themselves – e.g. elasticated waists and socks rather than tights for girls.

With sizes from 12-18 months up to 5-6 years, Boots' children's underwear combines cotton comfort with sweet designs.

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Woman helping child wash hands

Watch and learn

Children often learn by example. If your child sees you or an older child using the toilet and then washing their hands, explain what they're doing so they get used to it.

Choose bathroom products that are suitable for the whole family.

Little accidents

Although accidents are frustrating for you, don't let your little one see this, just explain that you want them to use the potty or toilet next time. Daytime dryness usually comes before night time dryness – try to give your child his or her last drink at least 1.5 hours before bedtime to help them stay as dry as possible.

Easy-On-Pants allow children to get used to using the potty when they're ready.

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Close up of child on potty

The future

Once your baby has mastered the art of using the potty, it's time to tackle the toilet. It's best to introduce this stage gradually, as it can be daunting. Remind your child to go to the toilet regularly to help keep things moving.

Potty Rings help ease the journey from 'little potty' to 'big potty'.

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