Just as we prepare babies for sleep by reading them a story, there are plenty of ways to help your child get used to the idea of where wee and poo goes before you remove their nappy for good. 

Here are a few tried and tested ways to introduce the idea of potty training and engage your child’s interest:  

  • Involve your child with changing their nappies. Change them standing up, get them to help with their clothing and wash your hands together when you've finished. 
     
  • Talk about wee and poo. Tell them if their nappy is wet or dry when you change them and show them the poo that you are throwing away. Try to avoid using words like ‘stinky’ or ‘dirty’ when you’re changing them. Keep poo positive!  
     
  • Keep the nappies in the toilet/bathroom area and change your child in there so they associate wees and poos with that room. 
     
  • Introduce a reward system like a sticker chart or lucky dip bag. Reward every little step towards potty training like getting dressed or washing their hands.  
     
  • Read picture books about potty training together and encourage role play games where teddy sits on the potty. 
  • Show that you do wees and poos too! Leave the toilet door open and ask family members to do the same. Young children learn by watching and copying.