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Talking the Right Potty-Training Language

If you’ve ever been frustrated around your toddler and had one of those days or weeks where they just won’t listen, then you will be more than familiar with the importance of good communication.

As parents ourselves, we have always placed clear communication high on the priority list when it comes to bringing up our children. That’s why Family Seat makes a contribution to children’s communication charity I CAN with every seat purchased on our official site.

I CAN are experts in helping children to develop essential language, speech and communication skills. These not only help children to learn and quickly understand but also to reach their highest potential in our busy, demanding world. Language is key to social mobility and words can work their magic from the very early days when it comes to tackling the milestones.

How to Start Potty Training

When parents begin to open a conversation around potty training, this helps to build and nurture confidence and independence from children in the lead up to, and during, the process.

Milestones can be confusing for little ones but creating a safe, communicative environment where they can ask questions or, indeed, voice their need to go to the loo, can make all the difference between successful potty training and a long, arduous process.

Language can support positive learning and development by helping your child understand how to articulate their growing independence and willingness to use the toilet of their own accord. Learning new words and phrases engages your child in different ways and keeps them interested and focused on the task at hand.

The Power of Words

Accidents often take place during the potty-training process when children become distracted and forget to ask to use the loo or even decide they don’t want to ask as they would rather continue playing.

In order to minimise the risk of accidents occurring in this manner, use the power of words to attract and maintain the interest of your child. You may wish to use the senses, add gestures and facial expressions or simply repeat the words back slowly and clearly so your child learns through repetition (this is especially useful for younger ones). This will also help them learn and understand how to use the correct language for potty training, such as how to ask to use the loo.

Reading and language skills are inextricably linked, which is why potty-training books are another great source of learning and development. Read to your child and encourage them to engage with the text by asking questions, talking about the pictures and pointing at objects and colours whilst using your words – e.g. “Look at the red duck!” or “Can you see the baby in the picture?”

Early Language Skills

We cannot emphasise enough the importance of teaching children good communication skills in potty training and beyond. Research shows that early language is the most important factor in influencing literacy levels at age 11, ranking above other factors such as behaviour and emotional wellbeing.

Good communication skills and vocabulary are also linked with better mental health and improved prospects in later life. Language opens doors but too few people understand the true importance of speech for children and young people. By practising open communication channels with our little ones from the beginning, we can start to change the landscape.


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, and the Talia Seat comes with a Soft Close Toilet Seat function to protect small fingers.

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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