Parenting expert Kathryn Mewes, answers one reader’s question about potty training

Q: Please could you advise on what age you can start potty training? I know all children are different but my friend is adamant that I should be starting to potty train my baby now but he is only 15 months old.

Potty training is the one milestone that a child decides as to when they are ready.

Here are the main signs to look out for:

  • Your child’s nappy is dry for two to three hour periods. This shows his bladder is ready to ‘hold’ as well as release.
  • Wanting to remove his nappy whenever possible
  • He can sit on the potty before bath time and generally wee.
  • Wanting to sit on the potty/loo.
  • Insisting on his nappy being changed after a poo. He will tell you he wants changing.
  • Quietly fills his nappy in his own time and in a private space away from others.

If you believe that the majority of these signs are happening in your home I suggest you start potty training.

This involves ‘bare bum’ days where a potty is quietly placed in a private spot close to the living space and your child is left to play. They will show signs of needing the potty and ideally you want them to go alone. You can guide them if you feel they need it but what you don’t want to be doing is continually asking them, “do you need a wee?” This causes them to become anxious and pressured.

If you find on day one you are having 50% accidents, the following day 30% and onto 10% you are making progress. If you see no improvement from day to day I suggest they return to pants for a period of time before trying again.

Parenting expert Kathryn Mewes is brought to Baby London in conjunction with Milton. Well known as C4’s Three Day Nanny, Kathryn’s expertise covers sleep problems, eating and weaning, behavior and discipline. I hope this helps! |

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