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8 signs your toddler is ready to potty train

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Last month we shared the exciting news that Little Mr and I have become Huggies Pull-Ups brand ambassadors and we’ll be sharing our potty training journey with you all. We are right at the very beginning with potty training and with the help of Huggies Pull-Ups and expert advice from the team fingers crossed it will be a smooth transition for both Little Mr and for me.

Little Mr is still very much in nappies. At 28 months old, he can let me know when he has done something in his nappy but this happens to be a bit hit and miss dependent on the situation; where we are, who we are with or if he’s tired. On most occasions, Little Mr will only tell us he’s done something after the event and not before. With this in mind I’m pretty sure he’s still not ready to potty train but as a first time parent, this isn’t something I’ve had experience of.

How to recognise the signs

Luckily for me and many other thousands of first time parents, Huggies Pull-Ups are able to offer advice on how to recognise the first signs that your little one is ready to potty train. I really don’t want to rush the process so will be looking out for the following signs..

8 signs of readiness

  1. Staying dry for more than two hours
  2. Your little one asks to have their nappy changed
  3. Your little one asks to use the potty
  4. Poo times are regular
  5. Your little one asks to wear underwear
  6. Your little one will respond to questions such as “Do you need a wee/poo?”
  7. Your little one can tell you when he needs to go for a wee or a poo
  8. Your little one can pull up or pull down their own pants

Based on the 8 signs above, Little Mr has a way to go yet. At 28 months old, he can let me know when he has done something in his nappy but this happens to be a bit hit and miss dependent on the situation; where we are, who we are with or if he’s tired. On most occasions, Little Mr will only tell us he’s done something after the event and not before. Huggies Pull-Ups are specifically designed to help make potty training easier. The new Learning Liner inside allows toddlers to feel wetness for a few moments, before quickly drawing the moisture away. That way little ones learn the difference between wet and dry and can ultimately stay dry on their own.  This hopefully will be useful as Little Mr would then begin to learn he has had a wee and will become much more aware of what he is doing. However, with all the signs in mind I’m pretty sure he’s still not ready to potty train but as a first time parent, this isn’t something I’ve had experience of so I’ll be watching for more of the signs over the next couple of months.

When we showed Little Mr the Huggies Pull-Ups potty training pants he loved them. He adores Disney® Cars so with them having a Lightning McQueen graphic on the front is already a great way of introducing them to him – The Disney® graphics make learning fun and encourage independence and with super stretchy slim sides, help toddlers pull them up and down on their own – just like real underwear!

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We will continue to ask him if he needs the potty and if he has done something and we are encouraging his independence as he has started to take off his own clothes at bedtime although watching him take off his socks is pretty funny! We’ll be using Huggies Pull-Ups Night-time too as they provide extra absorbency and increased protection during the night without having to revert back to nappies. I know that as soon as Little Mr is ready he’s going to love wearing his Lightning McQueen Huggies Pull-Ups.

Watch this space for more potty training insights from us as we make the move with Huggies Pull-Ups. Don’t forget you can visit www.pottytraining.co.uk for more helpful tips and advice and also request a free sample for your little one.

Disclaimer: We are Huggies Pull-Ups Ambassadors. Infographic shared courtesy of Huggies Pull-Ups. Teddy Bear bloggers own (what is it they say about working with children and animals?!) 

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2 Comments

  • Reply susankmann

    I need to start little miss this year too, she’s not ready yet either xx

    18/06/2015 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Donna

    We are at the same stage with Little Man, he tells us after – which isn’t much good! A few more months and he might get there x

    18/06/2015 at 5:14 pm
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