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Setting the stage for toilet training

By making a few simple preparations, you can ensure your child has positive associations with the potty training process from the outset. The Family Seat has been designed to seamlessly integrate into your current bathroom and toilet set-up. By installing your seat early, your child will have seen older members of the family using the seat before they try it out themselves. This will also work to subtly encourage them towards using the seat to be like the other grown-ups.

By making a few simple preparations, you can ensure your child has positive associations with the potty training process from the outset.
  •       Start talking

Creating a two-way dialogue is key. Encouraging healthy language development allows children to be able to speak about their toilet habits without feeling self-conscious. Create names for a wee/poo and for your child’s private parts that they feel comfortable using. If anyone else, such as nan or granddad, takes your child to their toilets, teach them the right words in order to keep things consistent.

  •       Create a new “normal”

When you need to go to the toilet, articulate this clearly to your child ‘Mummy is going for a wee.’ Perhaps give the urge to go a name to push the idea further, such as “toilet feeling”. This will encourage your child to learn to recognise the signals themselves. Talking about the bathroom process from start to finish will encourage your child to be interested in the toilet, making it more familiar and less intimidating.

Allow them to come to the bathroom with you and see every action involved, from pulling down your trousers to wiping your bum and washing your hands. Explain what you are doing and why people need to go to the toilet. Ask them to help you flush the toilet or dispense the soap to involve them further and encourage good toilet practice. Keep the dialogue going and praise them if they flush the toilet or wash their hands by themselves.

If you are comfortable with it, take your child with you when you visit the toilet in public places to extend the feeling of normality through regular exposure.

  •       Set up your toilet seat together

Prepare your bathroom with all the right equipment as soon as you see signs that your little one might be ready to start training. Our seats are designed for easy set-up and it’s a great idea to have your child help to install the seat, ideally under close supervision from another adult or older sibling. This takes away any element of surprise or stress when they see the seat for the first time. The most important thing is that your child feels comfortable. Our Family Seats are designed with a strong, sturdy construction to ensure little ones feel safe and secure throughout the process.

  •       Add the accessories

Ensure everything you and your child might need is within easy reach, including baby wipes and a change of clothes in case of accidents. Add a booster step next to the sink and place markers beside the hot and cold taps – perhaps using coloured stickers or posters that you’ve made together. Hang up your Door Hanger and Potty Training Chart together when you install the seat. That way, everything is in place for when the process begins.

  •       Encourage independence

The Georgia Seat includes child-sized finger holes to make toilet training a positive, independent action. Show your child how to pull down their part of the seat before you start training. This will ensure they know how to use the seat already when the time comes to learn. Our Talia Seat also has a Soft Close function to avoid trapping little fingers.

  •       Go shopping

Going shopping with your child for “grown-up” underwear adds an element of fun and will increase the temptation to give up nappies. If they are a big fan of a particular book or film such as Frozen, look for themed underwear to add that extra boost. Invest in ‘toilet training friendly’ clothing that is easy to pull on and off, such as trousers without buttons.

  •       Involve the whole family

The Family Seat has been designed to seamlessly integrate into your current bathroom and toilet set-up. By installing your seat early, your child will have seen older members of the family using the seat before they try it out themselves. This will also work to subtly encourage them towards using the seat to be like the other grown-ups.

  •       Read up

It’s important to incorporate elements of fun into the process. Bring favourite toys or dolls into the bathroom and create a playtime dialogue using your chosen words. Buy picture books about potty training and read them with your child. Here are some of our favourites. Encourage kids to read these books when they come to the bathroom with you to learn in the right context.

Top tip! Many of our customers encourage their child to sit on the Family Seat fully clothed during playtime to learn what the seat is for without any pressure.  

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If you have questions about anything to do with toilet training or any products in the Family Seat range, drop us an email at info@familyseat.com or fill out our online contact form. We’d love to hear from you! You can also stay in touch with Family Seat by joining our friendly community on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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