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I am going to start training DS, 2 years 2 months, right after the Christmas/new year period. We have bought a potty from Ikea and was wondering the best way to go about starting. He’s already happy to sit on it, but I’m not sure he understands it’s purpose. Should I just stay home for a few days and go nappy free, invest in training pants or pull ups or train at home and use a nappy when we go out? Thinking of buying bright bots or bamboo pants, but don’t really want to spend much money.


Posted by Tan121517, 22nd December 2014


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  • I agree with pull ups. Made it so much easier when I toilet trained my girls and stopped and little mishaps they may of had


  • i would suggest using huggies pull ups because it’s very absorbent and convenient


  • We used pull ups for the first 4 kids and they seemed to work well. However, for some reason I decided to be very brave with the 5th and we went cold turkey with a potty and bare bum and it amazingly worked so quickly. She was day trained within just a few days. If you can stay home for a week it could also work well for you.


  • Some great advice thanks very much. We are going to start with the new year and I have not bought any more nappies as incentive. I’m going to try pants or pull ups if we go out during the day and nappy or pull ups at night depending on how it goes.


  • I am currently TT my 2 1/2 year old son and he is only wearing pull ups at night. Try with just jocks and see how he goes.


  • I found Huggies to be a good brand for pull ups; good absorbency!


  • I most definitely think they are well worth buying, there just so much easier to pull off quickly when u need to and to pull up in case of false alarms. I’ve only tried 2 different brands and I have only used Huggies and I strongly recommend Huggies to all..


  • My advise is let him watch you and dad go to the toilet a few times and talk to him about what you are doing
    Also once he works it out don’t rush him by saying you have to finish now
    As this will make problems when da gets older as won’t learn sometimes we need to sit on the toilet for more then 2 seconds for something to happen
    Stay relaxed don’t get angry if da has an “accident” but nappy pants I found didn’t work for us as they can still wee/poo in them and not know that is meant to go in the toilet as they absors the liquid for night ts ok but not day


  • Summer is a good time for toilet training; potty and pants works well and pull ups if you go out. Good Luck!


  • I used just normal underwear as I found the training pants didn’t work. By using normal underwear they can feel the wetness. I also never used a potty. I bought a new toilet seat (I needed one anyway) with a child’s seat attached and a little stool to help them reach. My youngest boy has just started toilet training at night and he asked for this himself. I have found that they will let you know when they are ready, but there is no harm in introducing them to it. Every hour or so just take your child to the toilet and sit them on it whether they do anything or not. Always praise them when they do. Make a big deal of it! Good luck


  • I have found putting them into underpants the best – lets them know they are wet and is not like a nappy. I had some disposable pull-ups for night time (Babylove) as I didn’t like the idea of putting a nappy on for night when they’d done well to be out of nappies all day.


  • I know one boy who started toilet training and was doing quite well, then suddenly refused so he went back into nappies for about 3 weeks then started showing interest again. Some days he is really good and says he wants to go but by the time he gets there his pants are damp/wet. Recently he went to the toilet on his own, but had a mucky accident, took his undies off and put them on the floor, then did the rest in the toilet after which he tried to clean himself. (We traced him via the odour). He now gets on the toilet via a non-slip foot stool, but doesn’t seem to be as confident getting down off the toilet. He is only allowed to flush the toilet if he “uses it”.


  • That’s so much for the advice. I’ll be sure to take it as it comes and not worry if he’s not getting it or pressure him with expectations.


  • If your child is ready, it should only take a few days. I stayed at home for three days with all my kids. No nappies, just pants, At the first accident, I simply cleaned it up and reminded them to go to the potty next time. There were lots of accidents the first day or so and then it all clicked and they could tell me they wanted to go or would take themsleves. I bought training pants from big w, they have a waterproof lining inside them which is great for little accidents. If you have been training for two weeks and still plenty of accidents or your child is refusing, then pack up and start again in a few months. Don’t make it stressful. If your child is ready, it will all fall into place. I used the pull up huggies pants for going in th car, but only for two weeks, after that I was sure my kids had truly got it. No need to rush though, toilet training has nothing to do with how wonderful you are so don’t feel pressured to toilet train. Good luck.


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