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We’re Getting Ready For Potty Training

We’re Getting Ready For Potty Training

Well, when I say getting ready, what I actually mean is I have the equipment and I’m looking for signs.

My boy’s just turned 2 you see and I’m sensing that we’ll be getting near to that milestone any day now so I want to make sure, when it happens, that we’re prepared. My funny little chap has actually been asking to go to the toilet for a few months now. He’s very much an observer in a house full of big people and that’s what the big people do in his house.

So every time I sneak off for a wee, my little shadow follows. In his little world this whole process involves paying a visit to the bathroom, sitting down on the loo, putting the lid down then climbing on top and flush the chain. He does these dry runs several times a day, usually after he’s managed to follow one of us in to the loo.

He hasn’t grasped that trousers and nappies need to be taken off, but we go with it. Its all part of the routine and I’m quite relieved that despite being in a very male dominant household he hasn’t attempted to copy the stand up method yet!

So, like I said, I’m getting ready for potty training.

getting prepared to start potty training our toddler with the right equipment for the job


Our Potty Training Tool Kit

And with a rather funky clever potty, he gets the chance to sit on “his” toilet which he loves. He’s using the First Potty by  Dreambaby which is  just the right height and sturdy enough for him to sit by on himself. The really clever part of this one is the removable section for emptying, when we’re lucky enough to catch any thing. This one can actually be used free standing and sitting on the toilet as the top part is removable. (perfect for travelling too)

But that’s not all.

We take this whole potty training very seriously.

My boy is an independent little chap and as well as getting him use to the routine of sitting on the potty, I’m also teaching him to wash his hands afterwards as well as before each meal. With a 2-up step stool  he’s able to do this all by him self. It’s a much studier stool that our trusty fold up one and he’s adores that fact it gets him at the perfect height to turn on the taps and cause some serious bathroom mischief (we’re talking 3 tooth brushes now rammed down the plug hole and numerous changes of clothes here.)

But he has clean hands,

and that’s all a mum of an inquisitive, mess making toddler can wish for.


We were sent some items to get us started, as always all words and photographs as my own





  1. 21st June 2016 / 9:02 pm

    That looks like a great potty, my little boy will be two at the end of August and he has decided to start potty training himself. I really need to get him a potty as he us using his sisters at the moment xx

    • 22nd June 2016 / 2:13 pm

      That’s fantastic that he’s dong it himself! So much easier when they want to do it them selves isn’t it.

  2. 21st June 2016 / 10:25 pm

    Good luck with the potty training, we managed to get it done and dusted within a fortnight. My kids also love the you choose and Just Imagine books. x

  3. 22nd June 2016 / 9:31 am

    We’re starting out on the potty training journey for the second time too – just at the stage of sitting on the potty when my youngest wants to at the moment to get her used to the idea and waiting for more signs that she’s ready to do it. I put a lot of pressure on myself with potty training first time around but this time I’m much more relaxed. That two step stool looks like a great idea for helping encourage hand washing.

    • 22nd June 2016 / 2:12 pm

      That’s exactly the stance we’re taking, just getting him to get use to sitting on it with no pressure. The stool has been a great hit already though.

  4. 22nd June 2016 / 10:14 am

    You’re very brave starting so early with a boy. I put it off till my son was gone 3 and I’m not convinced he was really ready even then. Your son seems to be showing some signs of interest though and I think mine would happily have sat in nappies for a lot longer.

    • 22nd June 2016 / 2:10 pm

      I thought it would be no harm in trying as it’s summer, my eldest was late but my middle son was dry day and night by 2 1/2, I’m not sure which way this one will go!

  5. Lisa Jane
    22nd June 2016 / 3:02 pm

    My youngest has just turned two too. We have also put a potty in the bathroom for when he is ready. He hasn’t taken much notice of it yet!!

  6. 22nd June 2016 / 3:43 pm

    Great wee step, so need one of these in the kitchen x lol

  7. 22nd June 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Wishing you lots of luck with this, it looks and sounds as though you have got everything you need x

  8. 22nd June 2016 / 10:30 pm

    Urghh, potty training hell. I wish you the very best of luck. We’ve finally cracked it with the toddler but I’ll have to repeat it in a few months for my youngest!

  9. Kate Tunstall
    23rd June 2016 / 7:35 am

    Good luck with the process! We’re at about the same stage and I’m a bit unsure of when to start. I know forcing it too soon is a bad idea and a false economy of time!

  10. 26th June 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Oh, I relate! As I said on Instagram, won’t be long before I am potty training number three. They aew all so different though, some of the sign are there but I’m not sure he’s ready yet. Good luck x

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