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A good potty training routine

A good potty training routine is very important

We are often asked about how to start potty training, or if it’s been going well and a child has suddenly started to regress, what to do to get their toilet training back on track.

Our advice is always to take a step back and re-establish a good potty training routine.

Routine is the basis of our lives, and in the same way that a lot us ‘grown ups’ are creatures of habit, the importance of consistency and regime cannot be underestimated when it comes to our children. Repetition and reinforcement help them learn and develop their skills as they become more independent with age.

A change in your child’s living environment can be the trigger that knocks their toilet behaviours out – particularly if there are big changes going on that can be distracting, such as a new baby, new house, starting nursery or introducing playgroups, or even the breakdown of a relationship. These can all be a unsettling for little ones and it’s logical that they may lose a bit of confidence in dealing with new situations.

So, whether you are thinking about how to start potty training, or simply trying to help your child through a period of change, we recommend taking a step back and thinking about instilling (or re-instilling) a good potty training routine.

Start by talking your child through the routine, and take them to the toilet with you.  Get them to practise sitting on the potty (even if it’s wearing a diaper) so that they get used to the idea. Remember, around the age of 2 years old is usually when most people start to potty train, but if you think your child is ready earlier, you can introduce the routine earlier. Likewise, take their lead if you don’t think they are showing the signs of readiness to potty train.

Here’s an example of good routine:

  • Find the bathroom
  • Turn on the light
  • Lift the toilet seat
  • Take down trousers / underwear
  • Sit on the toilet
  • Do a poop or pee
  • Tear off the right amount of toilet paper
  • Wipe bottom
  • Flush the toilet (waving off the poop or pee!)
  • Put fresh Dry Like Me pad(s) into underwear
  • Pull up trousers / underwear
  • Put down toilet seat
  • Wash hands
  • Dry with towel
  • Turn off the light
  • Leave bathroom and close the door


Key Tips!


Change your child’s diaper in the bathroom as this is where grown-ups go.

Change your child standing up, to make them an active part of the process – this signals a step away from having their diaper changed for them on the floor like a baby.

  • Tell your child when a diaper is wet and when it is dry to help them learn
  • Encourage them to help with their own clothing
  • Talk to them when you go to the toilet, and tell them that pee and poop go down the toilet
  • Make your language around toileting consistent
  • Buy a potty to keep in the bathroom to practice sitting on. Use it in the morning and before bath time
  • Don’t put them under pressure but do praise the practice and the effort



  1. Mums-space says:

    My 3 year old used to wear these pants when she was about 2 and they help her stay dry. I think, when my 11 month old is older we are going to try these out with him when he starts potty training.

    • DLM says:

      Thanks for the comment. It’s great to hear that the pads helped your child. Let us know if we can help when your 2nd is ready to potty train!

  2. Natasha says:

    Hi, i am trying to re-establish a routine with my 3yr old as part of prep for toilet training but my son no longer wants to sit on the toilet. I am using reward stickers to praise him for just sitting on toilet but he just runs away. I can get him to change his nappy in the bathroom but even this can be an effort but at least something. He was showing interest a month ago but its as if he is bored now. He does tell me if he has done a poo though can delay getting nappy changed as doesn’t like being changed. Any advice appreciated many thanks

    • DLM says:

      Hi Natasha,

      Maybe it’s time to move him on to the next stage and start potty training in earnest. As you say, it could be that he’s bored and losing interest so if you make a big fuss about him doing so well that you think he’s ready to stop wearing nappies and start wearing big boy pants. If he hates getting his nappy changed this may appeal to him. The fact that he’s telling you he has done a poo suggests he is ready to potty train. It’s always a good plan to let him choose his own pants and maybe he would be more interested in different rewards than stickers e.g a trip to the park or watching a favourite tv programme? Remember to be prepared for accidents, they are a normal part of potty training and don’t mean he isn’t ready to train.

      Hope that helps!
      DLM x

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