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.
My child asks for a nappy to poo in
Make a big fuss of ditching the nappies with your child, and picking their own grown up pants – make it a special ‘’bye bye nappy day!’’ This is a common issue we are asked about a lot! Read our advice here.
My child has a tantrum every time I ask them to use the potty
This is common! Toddlers would rather do a lot of things instead of learning to use the toilet, and they often don’t like to be reminded or told to go! Use positive reinforcement and reward successes or having a go. Try ignore the accidents!
Anytime I am away from my child, they have an accident
Check that they feel confident asking others to go to the loo and double check the adults in charge are aware that your child is training.
My child has special needs and I need a bit of extra advice on how to deal with this
We recommend seeking additional help for children with extra needs. Speak to your GP, health visitor and also ERIC.
My child would rather have an accident than worry about going to the toilet
In this case you need to make sure that you interrupt play and involve your child in the clean up process. If it becomes more time consuming and boring to clean up the mess, they will be more motivated to get to the toilet or potty in time.
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