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We talk a lot on the blog about how to recognise the signs that show your toddler is ready to potty train and making sure that you strike the right balance between encouraging your child and not being too pushy. There’s also a lot of information about potty training accidents because we all have to deal with them at some point! But today we’d like to take a closer look at the equipment you should invest in and talk about the importance of preparation.

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The new school year is upon us and for those parents of reception-age children, this new milestone is often daunting and exciting in equal measure. This is such an exciting time in your child’s life as their growing independence and development begin to be challenged in whole new ways. With every day soon to be spent surrounded by their peers, this is a time of great transition which brings with it a whole suite of feelings and inevitably concerns about separation anxiety on the part of the parent, child or both.

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If you have a child approaching, or already of, potty training age, chances are you’ve read many articles about recognising the signs of readiness. These are certainly excellent reference points to help you understand what to look out for, when to encourage your child and when to step back but there is one downside.

With such a wealth of information and advice, it can sometimes be difficult not to get overwhelmed by it all. Many parents can get quite fixated on doing exactly what the experts say and risk putting undue pressure on the situation. Even though there is no specific “right time” for when a child is ready, as every individual is different, it can also be hard not to worry if your child has reached the “right” age and not yet shown the signs of potty training readiness. To help with this, Family Seat have produced a concise guide including formulating a plan.

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Even in 2019, parents – and mums especially - struggle with a certain level of prejudice. Whether you choose to be a stay at home parent or a working mum, there is a whole lot of judgement about what should be a personal parenting decision.

A chart posted on Facebook late last year showed what the Metro called a “dubiously idyllic” view of parenthood for stay at home mums where dinner is always made from scratch and is “nutritious and delicious”.

In contrast, working mums are depicted as those who cook microwaved dinners for their families all week then spend the weekends cleaning the house and shopping.

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There’s one particular aspect of raising children that can be very challenging to handle and that’s “shaming” from other parents. It’s so important for those with a platform to speak out about their experiences and help other parents to feel confident in their decisions, and Jessa Duggar isn’t afraid to do exactly that.

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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.

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