Little girl on potty

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.

Know the signs

Your toddler will come to potty training in his or her own time. Most want to be dry and clean for their own sake, and will start to recognise that they need to go to the toilet. They might tell you about it, meaning they're ready to give the potty a go.

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

Child on pink potty

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.

Potty surrounded by toys

Shopping trip

Make potty training interesting and enjoyable. Plan a shopping trip for his or her first few pairs of 'big pants' – you may be surprised at how fun they find the experience.

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

Boy in shopping trolley

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.

Mum and daughter washing hands together

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.

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

Mum comforting boy

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.

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

Child sitting on toilet

Potty training essentials

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