Posted: 2nd March 2021

Good communication is the key to potty training success and as their slogan says: Your words build their world. An ERIC potty training expert was invited by BBC Tiny Happy People to share practical tips and advice on introducing your child to toilet training: 

"There are lots of practical tips and tricks to help you get your little one out of nappies and into pants – and good communication is key", says Alina Lynden, Potty Training expert at ERIC, The Children's Bowel & Bladder Charity.

“We tend to assume potty training will go naturally because it’s a bodily function, but it takes time and can be stressful. Communication is very important at all stages; things can go wrong, so it’s a good idea to make it as relaxed and as fun as possible.

It’s never too early to start talking to your children about wee and poo.

BBC Tiny Happy People logo The first thing to remember is that every child is different. They learn to walk and talk at different times and learn how to use the toilet at different times too. However, most children are ready to be potty trained between 18 months and 3 years old.”

Tip No 1: Start chatting about wee and poo early (even if you feel uncomfortable). 

It’s never too early to start talking to your children about wee and poo. You might feel squeamish but they need to know that it’s a natural thing that we all do, so starting building it into your everyday chats, particularly when you’re nappy changing. And be positive. This starts with avoiding any phrases like dirty and smelly because you don’t want your child to associate the toilet with anything negative. Say ‘oh look you’ve done a poo’ rather than ‘yuck, your nappy is stinky’.”

Read the full article on the BBC Tiny Happy People website

Posted 2nd March 2021