Family Seat was born out of a desire to help children and parents achieve potty training quickly and effectively. We realised that there must be a better way to help children through this difficult time and were inspired by the opportunity to fill this gap in the market.
Unlike other manufacturers, we create products with your child in mind. We offer a range of potty training accessories to help every child´s training and development. All of our products have been designed to contribute to a smooth and speedy potty training process.
Before you start potty training, please read our handy Potty Training Guide (below). This has been inspired by our own experiences gained through hands-on potty training boys and potty training girls, combined with specialist advice that will help those using the Family Seat.
Make a plan
Most children will be ready to start potty training between 18–24 month old but there´s no exact rule. Every child is different and the time when they learn how to control themselves will also differ from child to child.
First, you must try to work out when your child is ready. Observe their toilet behaviour. How long do they stay dry? How long do they keep a clean nappy and are there regular times when they do so?
Below are a number of indications that your child is beginning to gain bladder control:
They know when they have a wet or dirty nappy
They become aware when they are passing urine and may tell you
The gap between wetting is at least an hour; if it is less than this they are probably not ready to start potty training
They know when they need to pee/poo and tell you in advance of an accident
Potty training is usually fastest if your child is at the last stage before you begin. If you start earlier, be prepared for a lot of accidents as your child becomes familiar with the process.
Set things up
Before commencing Potty Training, ensure that everything you need is in place. Give your child time to get used to the new tools they will be using. Let them see you fit their new Family Seat and explain what it is for. Emphasise how the rest of the family will be using the Family Seat as well. Show them the door hanger and potty training chart, talk about how these work and put them up in the bathroom together.
Tip: If you have an older child, let your younger child see them using the seat. There can be a positive physiological benefit to the advancement of potty training if you let your child see that other people are using the Family Seat as well.
Once you have fitted your Family Seat, avoid the temptation to plonk your child onto it straight away, unless they ask for it of course. You cannot force your child to use the potty and doing so will probably upset them, making potty training longer and harder. In time, they will want to use it and until then, the best thing you can do is to encourage the desired behaviour.
How and when to start potty training
Do it over a period when there are no great disruptions or changes to your child’s routine.
If you notice your child has a bowel movement at the same time each day, leave their nappy off and suggest that they use their Family Seat. If she/he is even the slightest bit upset by the idea, just put their nappy back on and leave it a few more weeks before trying again.
As soon as you see that your child knows when they need to pee, encourage them to use their Family Seat. It often takes a while to get the hang of it. If you don’t make a fuss when they have an accident, they won’t feel anxious and worried and are more likely to be successful the next time.
Once your child has successfully used their Family Seat, a little praise will go a long way. Be aware not to make a big deal of these first attempts, as this may be off-putting. Family Seat has provided a Potty Training chart with a simple tick system to show praise and reward. When the time is right, your child will want to use the potty and they will just be happy to get it right.
Tip: Talk to your child about potty training in terms they will understand. The more familiar it seems, the less scary it will be and the happier your child will be to try it
Common potty-training problems
My child isn’t interested in using the potty at all
Try not to worry. Remind yourself that sooner or later she/he will want to be dry for their own sake. If they start to see potty training as a battle of wills, it will be much harder.
My child keeps wetting themself
You have two options: you could go back to nappies for a while and try again in a few weeks, or you can keep trying now. If it´s the latter, be prepared to change and wash clothes a lot. You also do not want to confuse your child by stopping and starting too often. If you do stop, leave it for a few weeks before you start again.
Whatever you decide, don´t let it get you or your child down and don´t put pressure on them. This will often prove counter-productive. Instead, if you need an outlet, talk to other parents about how they coped.
Uh oh, there’s been an accident!!!!!!!!
Accidents will happen, it´s normal. They usually take place when a child is distracted. It is important not to show displeasure or annoyance. Simply explain to them that have had an accident and they should use the potty next time.
Remember, all children are different; do not be afraid to ask friends, parents or grandparents for tips.
And remember, you are not alone! Why not join our Facebook page, which is full of people all going through the same trial and tribulations?