The Mail on Sunday published an article on 24 September 2016 titled "As a growing army of middle-class parents let their children wear nappies until they are 'ready to stop', experts warn that they are... JUST POTTY!"

It won't come as a surprise to ERIC's supporters that the article didn't go down well at our offices. Our CEO Juliette Randall had a few things to say on the matter:  

"The Mail on Sunday missed an ideal opportunity to help parents struggling to teach their children to use the toilet with its article on potty training. Criticising parents for being lazy or spoiling their children doesn’t help parents tackle potty training and only serves to fuel vitriol, as evidenced in the comments beneath the article. 

"What the Mail should have done is include practical, helpful information for parents who are struggling to potty train their little ones. What parents really need to know is how to spot the signs that their child is ready to learn to use the toilet and what steps to take to potty training success. If a child is not saying they want the nappies off, then the best indicator that they’re ready is when they’re able to hold onto wee for one or two hours without wetting their nappy.

"The nappies used nowadays absorb liquid so well that it’s hard to know when a child has emptied their bladder, or how long it’s been since they last had a wee. A nifty trick is to put folded up kitchen paper in the nappy, or a pair of cotton pants underneath the nappy, which will stay wet if the child wees. If they can hold onto wee for a while, they can go without the nappy.

"The sensation of wet knickers or wet paper will also help the child associate weeing with the uncomfortable sensation of being wet, which will motivate them to want the nappies off!

"ERIC’s Guide to Potty Training has lots of other tips for teaching little ones to use the toilet. If parents are having trouble with toilet training, they can contact ERIC’s helpline on 0845 370 8008* or email helpline@eric.org.uk."

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