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Potty Training FAQs

As we approach the Christmas period where routine often goes flying out the window, we thought it was an appropriate time to establish the core potty training basics. When your head is feeling frazzled, milestone training is all the more of a challenge, so it can be very useful having a go-to factsheet to help you along. With this in mind, we’ve pulled together the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions here at Family Seat. Let’s get started…

Should I start potty training my son to pee sitting or standing?

It may feel easier and more natural to start training your toddler to stand up to pee. He may have also seen his dad and older brothers doing the same and want to follow suit. However, experts suggest that it’s best to have your boy sit down to pee to begin. This keeps things simple and helps him to learn in stages. The last thing you want to do is overcomplicate the process by splitting toilet training into two separate camps for number one and two at the outset.

Many little ones will have a poo at the same time as a pee, so it will make them more comfortable to already be in a relaxed sitting position and encourage progress. In the early stages where they don’t have a lot of body awareness, this will help your toddler to learn the different sensations for a number one and a number two.

On a more practical note, many little ones will be too short to reach the toilet when standing up to pee.  This simply encourages mess, impedes progress and may negatively impact his confidence. If you’re concerned about the mess when he sits down to pee, encourage your little one to hold his penis pointing downward into the bowl. Once he has properly grasped the concept of potty training and is making good progress, then you can begin the transition to standing. 

What are the key signs of readiness?

This is the million-dollar potty training question. Our Family Seat team have spoken to many mums and dads who are concerned that their toddler has not yet shown any will to use the toilet despite the fact that they are of the “right age” to do so. Try not to worry because there are key signs you can look out for.

He or she might show an interest when other people such as mum, dad and older siblings use the toilet – they might even follow you into the bathroom and ask you questions. As potty-training readiness is associated with a certain level of maturity, your toddler may show increased awareness of their own body. They may be aware when their nappy is dirty or wet, either by expressing it vocally or by appearing uncomfortable and fidgeting. He or she may also voice a desire to be clean and dry. With their bodies maturing, your toddler may also be dry after a nap or have a longer time in between wetting their nappy.

Their bowel movements may become more predictable and more regular. They may also directly ask to use the Family Seat. If you wish to remember this more easily, think of the old road-crossing phrase “Stop, Look, Listen.” Always keep your eyes and ears open because when your child recognises the need to go but lets you know and holds it until they are on the loo, then they are more than ready.

How should I deal with accidents?

Many parents mistakenly think that if their child has accidents then they have started the process too soon. If you have seen some or all of the signs above and your child is of the right age to start, then it’s likely that you are simply experiencing the normal accidents that take place during this milestone process.

Keep calm, don’t panic or get angry and make sure your child understands that they have done nothing wrong. Sticking to a routine may also help to reduce the risk of accidents and improve your child’s confidence in the process.

What should I put on my potty-training shopping list?

They say a bad workman always blames his tools but it’s actually the lack of tools that can make potty training much more difficult. We would recommend investing in the following products as soon as you see those signs of potty-training readiness, if not before…

  • Big girl or boy pants – go shopping with your child and choose them together to help them feel more grown-up and gain positive associations with potty training
  • Family Seat – this is entirely conducive to a supportive and comfortable potty-training learning environment. We are also offering a 15% discount on any product and/or Saver Pack between now and 20 December. Just use the code XMAS15 at checkout. As continuity is a key part of successful training, you may wish to purchase two seats to put in the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms or keep at the grandparents’ house.
  • Potty training chart and door hanger – these accessories come with every Family Seat to complement the learning process and help your child gain independence, track progress and learn to express their need to use the loo.
  • A step for the little ones to reach the sink and wash their hands – learning good hygiene is an essential part of the process​
  • Potty training storybooks​
  • Antibacterial hand wash and wet wipes​
  • Mattress protector and absorbent bed mats – click here to learn more about night time potty training.


We hope this post has helped to answer some of your most pressing questions. Don’t hesitate to get in touch to learn more about the Family Seat range and how our products can help your toddler learn essential life skills.


The Family Seat Progress Chart and Door Hanger are a great way to set up a rewards-based system for potty training. Every Family Seat comes complete with these potty-training essentials and a 10-Year Guarantee.

For advice on any aspect of potty training and for any help purchasing a Family Seat, email our team at 

Family Seat supports the children’s communication charity I CAN, who are experts in helping children to develop the language, speech and communication skills that they need to thrive in our 21st-century world. We donate 50p to I CAN on each and every seat purchased through the official Family Seat website.



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