Potty Training

Get your Potty Training started

Mummy Matters readers will know that for the past year, Jelly Bean and I have been proud to be Huggies Pull Up Pants Ambassadors. We were hoping that during this time we might be able to nail potty training a little earlier than we had with Little Bean and Beanie Boy BUT Jelly Bean had different ideas with his bowel issues. That’s not to say that we haven’t had some successes, we are most definitely heading in the right direction and that is largely due to the helpful tips, advice and support from Huggies. MyMomShops complete guide to potty training is also another great article for you to check out. They provide detailed guides and reviews for the best baby products in today’s market.

Let’s have a little Potty Training recap shall we:

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Potty Training

Start talking about Potty Training to your little one

You can’t just make the decision one day to Potty Train your child and expect them to follow your instruction. You need to prepare them for what’s going to happen over the following weeks/months. Prepare your child for the journey ahead, talk about them becoming a ‘big boy’ or ‘big girl’ and wearing ‘big boy pants’ or ‘big girl pants’. Talk to them about how they will be doing their wees and poos on the potty soon. The more you talk about it, the less frightening it will be for them. There are also some great storybooks out there which you could use to start a dialogue with your child.

Potty Training

Have a potty in the bathroom

Before you begin Potty Training make a special trip out with your little one to choose a new potty together so they really feel like they are part of the decision making process. A really good potty is the My Carry Potty because you will be able to take that with you wherever you go so that Potty Training is easy on-the-go too. At home, leave the Potty in the bathroom, before bathtime each night strip them down and have them sit on it whilst they are waiting for the bathwater to be ready and whilst they are waiting, why not read a special Potty Training storybook to reinforce the idea. It doesn’t matter if they don’t do anything on the potty, it will come in time but if they do give them heaps of praise!

My Carry Potty

Use Pull Up Pants

Nope, I’m not just saying that because we are Ambassadors. We used Huggies Pull Up Pants with Curly, Little Bean and Beanie Boy throughout potty training. Being able to pull their pants up and down by themselves will give them a boost of confidence and increase their independence. Huggies Pull Up Pants feature a special Learning Liner which gives little ones the briefest sensation of wetness before drawing moisture away. Without a doubt, this has been the one noticeable improvement with Jelly Bean as he now tells me when he is doing a wee in his pants. Also, the Huggies Pull Up Pants feature Disney Characters; Cars for the boys and Cinderella and Minnie Mouse for the girls. This is a big hit for Jelly Bean since he is a big Cars fan.

Praise, Praise, Praise!!!

When they get it right, sing, dance, jump about, give them a sticker on a chart (or be naughty like me and give them a chocolate button!) you get the message, just heap on the praise so that they get the message they are doing it right and they will want to do it again.

Expect accidents

Accidents will happen but the trick is to stay calm, clean up any mess and carry on with the day. Don’t make a big deal about them, don’t make your little one feel bad for it. Just move on. They will soon be a thing of the past.

Huggies Potty Training

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  • Tracy K Nixon (@tracyknixon)

    December 15 at 4:51 am

    Best to start during the Summer if you can so you can let your little one roam free with just a vest and training pants (easier than pulling down tights/trousers etc when in a hurry to go!)

  • kim neville (@kimneville2)

    December 15 at 7:34 am

    Wait until they are showing signs they are ready, dont get stressed and expect lots of accidents. Reward them with stickers

  • Becca Staples

    December 15 at 8:48 am

    Be patient and explain what happens, my son struggled, then i explained step by step about the toilet and he was potty trained instantly, i couldn ‘t believe it x

  • Lindsey Stuart

    December 15 at 11:58 am

    Patience is the key, I found giving different rewards after my little girl used the potty really helped 🙂

  • Isabel O

    December 15 at 12:00 pm

    Let them get there in their own time. Don’t push it just because their friends are already potty trained. You don’t want to make it a scary experience.

  • iain maciver

    December 15 at 12:03 pm

    patience is the key

  • Martina Pichova

    December 15 at 12:45 pm

    What works for your first child, may not work for your second. Be prepared to change your approach as every child is different.

  • Paula Readings

    December 15 at 2:03 pm

    Lots & lots of praise.

  • Sally Collingwood

    December 15 at 2:26 pm

    Persevere and be very patient

  • sammychloeSamantha loughlin

    December 15 at 3:12 pm

    Use a sticker wall chart loads of praise rewards and hugs and kisses ignore and comfort them if any accidents never get frustrated with your babies as lots of accidents will happen it’s not their fault. Xxx

  • Tracy Hanley

    December 15 at 4:13 pm

    You have to be very patient , stay calm when there accidents

  • Louise_tweets_

    December 16 at 5:51 am

    Wait until their ready. Just because you are, doesn’t mean they are.

  • isis1981uk

    December 16 at 1:40 pm

    Time it to start on a Monday so that their nursery gets the worst of the accidents!

  • Jenna Parrington

    December 16 at 3:42 pm

    We are just about to start potty training and the best advice I’ve been given is to wait until they are ready and don’t push them!

  • Laura Nice

    December 16 at 10:08 pm

    Be Patience !!

  • Natalie Crossan

    December 16 at 11:27 pm

    Be patient x

  • claire griffiths

    December 17 at 2:21 am

    be patient and only start when your child is ready do not let any one rush you or your child

  • mummyfever

    December 18 at 1:22 am

    Don’t rush – it draws it out

  • Hannah Cummings

    December 18 at 9:56 pm

    Be patient!

  • natasha lamoreux

    December 19 at 11:26 pm

    Have patience and it will not happen over night so stick to it.

  • craftywren

    December 21 at 12:02 pm

    wait until the warmer weather so they can run about trousers off for the first few days

  • Clare Hubbard

    December 21 at 2:48 pm


  • Tracy Newton

    December 21 at 8:11 pm

    I let mine do it at their own pace. My little one is taking longer

  • Jennifer Potter

    December 22 at 8:41 pm

    Be patient and use rewards like a sticker chart

  • Lisa Mauchline

    December 25 at 12:24 am

    We haven’t started potty training as yet but I’m enjoying reading everyone’s tips

  • Kim Styles

    December 26 at 9:30 pm

    let it happen when it happens- dont make it an issue

  • John Frost

    December 27 at 6:11 am

    be patient

  • kay lou smith

    December 28 at 7:50 pm

    Wait until the child is completely ready. It then should happen really quickly!

  • abigail edkins

    December 29 at 8:13 pm

    just to make sure they are ready and dont put too much pressure on

  • claire woods

    December 30 at 12:42 pm

    lots of praise when they do good.

  • Allyson F.

    December 30 at 9:46 pm

    Stay calm and just direct them to the potty when they have an accident

  • Jess lambert

    January 1 at 4:55 pm

    There will always be accidents be prepared!

  • nicola james

    January 1 at 8:46 pm

    let them do it in their own time and just relax

  • Kerry W

    January 2 at 2:31 am

    It takes time, so don’t rush it. Every child is different, so just go with what works for them.

  • Kate Eccles

    January 2 at 4:33 am

    Be prepared for accidents!

  • Jane Shaw

    January 2 at 10:45 am

    My advice is not to rush it, let your child get on with it and give lots of encouragement

  • Sophie Lester

    January 2 at 12:13 pm

    Make sure you praise them well they do well and give encouragement.

  • Sam Goodwin

    January 2 at 2:45 pm

    A sticker on the potty every time they do a wee or poop, and rewards for every 10 stickers, and a BIG reward for the first 50 or 100 stickers!! Encouragement to KEEP GOING.

  • Kara

    January 2 at 3:32 pm

    About to embark on training with sebby – he is adamant he won’t sit on a potty though

    1. IamMummyMatters

      January 2 at 10:44 pm

      Same with JB Kara, he just doesn’t want to entertain the idea 🙁 Good Luck!

  • Tracy Gladman

    January 2 at 3:53 pm

    I would recommend potty training in the summer if possible. That way they can run around semi naked and it won’t matter if there are a few accidents.

  • Cassandra Mayers

    January 2 at 3:58 pm

    Make it Fun and Not Scary, Let them do it when they are ready 🙂

  • Anthony Harrington

    January 2 at 4:27 pm

    be patient, it may take longer than you anticipate, but it will all fall into place ……………eventually!

  • Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    January 2 at 4:55 pm

    Let them go at their own pace.

  • Kay Panayi

    January 2 at 7:07 pm

    Take things slowly

  • Karen Hughes

    January 2 at 7:49 pm

    Be patient and be prepared for accidents cause it takes a while and accidents happen at the worst of times! But it is so lovely seeing their proud faces when all succeeds.

  • jen morgan

    January 2 at 8:46 pm

    just take it at your childs pace. They will be ready in their own time, don’t rush them and just keep patience.

  • Lorraine Saeed

    January 2 at 9:40 pm

    Wait til they are ready


    January 2 at 10:26 pm

    Don’t get stressed or angry, despite the fact you may have 47 pairs of wet pants

  • Kelly (@Jakeysmummy2006)

    January 3 at 12:11 am

    We used a sticker chart and chocolate buttons! 😉

  • Jade N

    January 3 at 12:12 am

    Be patient, it will come in time! Do not make it a scary experience for them

  • Michelle Murray

    January 3 at 7:45 pm

    Have patience. Reward and praise. Remember they are only little

  • Lisa B

    January 3 at 8:53 pm

    Start in the summer months and spend a lot of time in the garden!

  • Tracy

    January 3 at 10:11 pm

    Best advice has been not to stress. It sounds simple, but hard to do sometimes. However it makes all the difference, I’m finding!

  • Robyn Logan Clarke

    January 4 at 1:05 am

    Take things slow, its not going to happen overnight

  • Tasha

    January 4 at 8:53 am

    Reward your child

  • aaron broad

    January 4 at 11:51 am

    Have lots of patience

  • amy p

    January 4 at 1:26 pm

    dont rush and compare your children to other children

  • Georgina davies / prince

    January 4 at 2:16 pm

    don’t push too hard or you end up making it the elephant in the room! easy does it x

  • Jadene mcguinness

    January 4 at 3:10 pm

    I’m just about to start potty training with my 21 month old so have no advice of my own however my nab tells me patience is key and accidents will happen but to praise my lb when he does it right!

  • claire haskins

    January 4 at 9:51 pm

    dont stress about it

  • leigh boyle

    January 4 at 11:09 pm

    wait till there ready makes in so much easier x

  • Maria Hackett

    January 4 at 11:45 pm

    when I potty trained my daughter I trained her for 1 week. we didn’t leave the house as I didn’t want to confuse her wearing nappies. week later she knew she should go to toilet often and month later she was fully trained and was completely dry!

  • Rebecca Roberts

    January 5 at 7:15 am

    Im struggling with my miss she refuses to go on the potty or the toilet!im hopeing it passes !soon

  • kimberley ryan

    January 6 at 10:47 am

    don’t stress, they all do it when they are ready to. I have twin boys, one is using the toilet, the other still wont even attempt it, he just isn’t ready

  • Vickie Jackson

    January 6 at 4:38 pm

    Patience and don’t stress!
    And don’t listen to anyone who compares their child to yours, every child is different.

  • cheryl kean

    January 7 at 12:46 pm

    i always say just make it fun, dont pressure the child into making a wee. and when they do lots of praise x

  • Liam Bishop

    January 7 at 2:26 pm

    Just wait. Wait until they are ready, it’ll come!

  • Leanne Perrett

    January 7 at 7:59 pm

    lots of praise no preassure and wait till they are ready dont rush them they wil start when they want to 🙂

  • mummyplus2children

    January 9 at 8:49 pm

    Stick at it

  • Susan B

    January 10 at 1:33 am

    Go shopping with your little one and let them choose a ‘grown up’ outfit to wear when they no longer need nappies. Hang it up in sight and remind them it’s there whenever they feel ready.

  • David Crabb

    January 10 at 10:08 am

    Be patient and give them time so their confidence can grow. Have empathy.

  • Layla Thomas

    January 10 at 5:22 pm

    With my eldest I used a special book for the potty that he could only have when he was on it and lots of stickers on his shirt to show Daddy every night when he got home.

  • Naomi Manser

    January 10 at 5:45 pm

    Don’t rush it, they will get it in their own time and each child is different.

  • Maria P

    January 10 at 6:37 pm

    try to create a routine and picture books always help as my daughter loved them on the potty 🙂

  • emma kinsey

    January 12 at 9:40 am

    wait till their ready i let my daughter say bye to the nappies and put them in bin and showed her her big girl underwear she was made up

  • Hayley Todd

    January 12 at 10:49 am

    Don’t try and rush potty training, every single child is different and will be ready in their own time.

  • diane allen

    January 12 at 2:40 pm

    patience – they all do it at there own speed

  • samantha mason

    January 12 at 2:58 pm

    I’m just about to start potty training I was told to wait until they are ready

  • mrsdhdow

    January 12 at 4:15 pm

    Take their nappy off and let them run free, if they have an accident show the toilet but don’t chastise them for it

  • Samantha walker

    January 12 at 4:41 pm

    I used a sticker reward chart with my oldest 2 children and worked great for us

  • Damian Thomas

    January 12 at 7:23 pm

    Patience and rewards 🙂

  • Jennifer Rhymer

    January 12 at 7:47 pm

    Lots and lots of praise when they get it right

  • Jo McPherson

    January 12 at 7:53 pm

    Be patient, they will do it when they are ready

  • Michelle Hughes (@shell_shoez27)

    January 12 at 9:17 pm

    Make it fun, plenty of praise and don’t make a big deal if they have an accident.

  • jemma dwyer

    January 12 at 9:17 pm

    be patient take each day as it comes

  • Fiona R

    January 12 at 9:43 pm

    We haven’t quite started the potty training just yet, but I have been told that patience is key

  • Helen Hames

    January 12 at 10:06 pm

    My little man Archie was 2 in August and I’m really struggling to potty train him he just wees anywhere and everywhere! So this would be an amazing prize to help us fingers crossed xxx

  • Margery L

    January 12 at 10:10 pm

    Patience and try not to do it in winter, as less clothing to remove in summer 🙂

  • Leanne Bell

    January 12 at 11:24 pm

    Don’t rush your little one – they will do it when they are good and ready.

  • Maxine mclean

    January 13 at 12:11 am


  • Alicia

    January 13 at 12:15 am

    To make a be deal and reward them when they do it. :). Not pressuring

  • Debi Gillard

    January 13 at 6:59 am

    All of the above! Summer is a good time to start and never force hem or make them feel naughty if they get it wrong.

  • ang pickering

    January 13 at 7:41 am

    Wait until they are about 2 years old before you start

  • spuddy11

    January 13 at 11:20 am

    be patient and lots of encouragment

  • Karen Howden

    January 13 at 11:51 am

    Do the wee wee on the potty song every time it happens

  • Sarah-Louise Thompson

    January 13 at 12:24 pm

    My tips are to do try and do it in the Summer (if possible) as its warmer and a lot easier for them to walk around with hardly any clothes on (Unless you are my daughter and constantly have none on whatever the weather!) and to let them do it in their own time. If they dont seem ready leave it for a month and try again 🙂

  • linda curtis

    January 13 at 1:13 pm

    do not stress , and expect accidents when they happen do not make a big thing out of it ,it makes the child anxious and puts them back , when the times right it will just all fall into place

  • Michaela Hannah

    January 13 at 1:24 pm

    I found that it was easier to wait until they can understand you and talk back a little. With my first son i felt pressurised to keep up with everyone else his age but this time i will be waiting until little one is ready

  • jackie beckett

    January 13 at 1:39 pm

    each child is different and will do it in their own time

  • Zoe tudor

    January 13 at 2:17 pm

    I haven’t got anything new that’s not already been sasid but I’ve enjoyed reading them all as I will be potty training in a few months and seems so long ago since I last did it

  • Katie Chamberlain

    January 13 at 2:22 pm

    Alot off patients and rewards

  • Kelly

    January 13 at 3:02 pm

    Really not looking forward to potty training need all the help I can get


    January 13 at 4:07 pm

    Have patience & do not give up.

  • Elzbieta Znyk

    January 13 at 4:25 pm

    I don’t have any advice, it was nightmare with my older daughter, my second daughter is 1 year old and soon I need to start potty training 🙁

  • Pia Stephens

    January 13 at 4:42 pm

    We’re 2 down one to go, both boys really got into potty training luckily when the weather was warmer so we could let them roam around the uncarpeted areas downstairs with just a t-shirt on, made it all so much easier as could implement loose bottoms as the next step x

  • Pauline Burroughs

    January 13 at 4:48 pm

    The best advice is be patient. If the child isn’t ready leave it a while and then try again. All children are different and it’s not a competition to see whose child will be out of nappies first. Relax, it will happen when the child is ready xxxx

  • Jo Glasspool

    January 13 at 5:25 pm

    Dont rush them and make it fun.

  • Rachel Bustin (@RachelBustin)

    January 13 at 5:56 pm

    the best advice i have been given is to wait until they are ready and have patience xx

  • Jill Fairbank

    January 13 at 6:38 pm

    Once you make the change to pants stick to it

  • samantha topping

    January 13 at 6:43 pm

    my girl told me she wanted used tolait

  • laura meg miller

    January 13 at 6:57 pm

    kids will have a few accidents before they get the hang of it be patience i try staying in atleast 4 days a week with wee one and one day outside without pullup

  • Gem Cook

    January 13 at 7:08 pm

    Patience is a virtue. It will happen. Reward your child every time they do well. Eventually it will become second nature. With our first child it took 4 months and with my second it only took 1 month. Each child takes as long as they need.
    Don’t lose hope. It will happen.

  • Alice Megan

    January 13 at 7:33 pm

    Patience is the most important thing and it won’t happen until your little ones ready

  • Charley Williams

    January 13 at 8:27 pm

    encorage, support, praise

  • karen salisbury

    January 13 at 10:09 pm

    my niece is currantly going through this stage patience aand lots of praise and encouragement

  • keri brooks

    January 13 at 10:28 pm

    Every child gets there in there own time

  • Monika S

    January 13 at 10:35 pm

    I don’t have any – I should already start potty training my almost 3 years old and will be reading all of the respondents

  • Lauren Chaplin

    January 13 at 10:39 pm

    My advice would be that all children are different, so dont compare and feel like your failing if another child has succeeded quicker, second thing is Patience

  • Steven Morse

    January 13 at 11:34 pm

    Just starting our son on this journey and I can confirm. Expect mistakes. He is 28 months.

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