It would be wonderful if all aspects of parenting came with a ready-made tailored plan but life, especially toddler life, doesn’t always go in the direction that we think. With that in mind and when it comes to potty training, we recommend creating a toilet training plan.
This is a good way of starting things on the right track and having something concrete to refer back to in order to help anchor your toilet training journey. It will also help with getting started. Once you have recognised the signs that your child is ready to train, a plan will kick things off in a positive way.
We would suggest introducing your child to the Family Seat as early as possible to let them familiarise themselves with it – this could be the first step of your training plan. Step 1a might be to introduce potty training language at the same time, perhaps by reading books about it or simply chatting about using the toilet in conversation.
For example, you could say: “Daddy’s just gone to the toilet to have a pee pee, he’ll be back in a minute.” This will reinforce a sense of familiarity with potty training and help set you up for success further down the line.
These steps might sound obvious but a plan can really help parents to focus and prioritise potty training, especially when we have so many other things taking up our attention!
Setting potty training goals and incorporating them into the toilet training plan is another good way to encourage your toddler. This will also keep both parents focused on the achievements rather than any accidents or setbacks. When it comes to learning to use the toilet, a positive attitude goes hand in hand with success; goals can really help to encourage a good environment around the process.
If you feel discouraged or frustrated at any time, then you can always look back on your toileting plan to give yourself a boost by recognising the progress that has been made.
The potty training chart that comes with every Family Seat is a great way for your little one to get more involved in the process, adding a personal touch to encourage their confidence and independence.
We include goals such as: “I asked to use the potty”, “I did a pee pee” and “I flushed and then washed my hands.” These support your toddler during every stage of using the potty, emphasising both the importance of their independence in asking to use the toilet in the first place and the importance of good hygiene.
You can discuss the chart with your toddler in a relaxed environment away from the bathroom to help them understand each achievement, and the importance of repeating the same positive actions in order to get another tick on the chart.
By practising consistency you will help your little one to form habits, which makes up an essential part of a successful potty training process. You can also share the toilet training plan with staff at your child’s nursery or daycare, with their grandparents, or with any other adult who may play a significant role in overseeing their potty training.
So, is there a downside to creating a toileting plan? We would say no, but if it is used in the wrong way then it can have a negative impact. For example, it can be too easy to get overly focused on meeting goals and inadvertently push your toddler and put unnecessary pressure on them. Goals should be used for signposting, not to act as the be all and end all of the process.
For example, our team at Family Seat also include a Success Certificate with every purchase but we would advise parents and guardians to take care over how early in the process they show this certificate to the child. Little ones can get distracted far too easily, and it’s important that you encourage a relaxed attitude and keep focus on the process rather than skipping to the end goal.
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 as well as a 10-Year Guarantee.
For advice on any aspect of potty training, creating a toilet training plan purchasing a Family Seat, email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.