Learn to recognise the signs that say your child is ready to progress to their potty and pick up potty training tips. Plus, discover how simple hand hygiene as well as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces during potty training can help keep you and your child safe from germs and bacteria.
Ready for potty training?
You may be ready, but is your child? All children are different and some will be emotionally and physically ready before others. In truth, it really doesn’t matter when your child is ready and it’s certainly nothing to get stressed about if they are later than other children.
Here are a few signs to look out for that will help you tell if your child is ready for potty training:
- They ask about other children going to the toilet
- They take a growing interest in what you’re doing in the bathroom
- They talk about the need for a wee or a poo
- They begin to squat and pull down their pants.
If your child is ready to progress from nappies to potty, go for it. It’s not as scary or as stressful as some people make out, but you will need to give extra thought to hygiene in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for your family to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. That means, making sure their potty, bathroom taps, toilet flush, seat, and areas around the potty and toilet seat, are regularly cleaned and disinfected.
Potty training tips
For some time, your child has been happy doing a wee and poo in their nappy uninterrupted while playing and watching TV. They don’t want the fun to stop when potty training starts, so make the process exciting for them from the start.
Let your child choose the colour of their potty – it is for them!
- Decorate their potty so they feel it’s special to them
- Let them join you in the loo and explain what is happening
- Make flushing fun
- Add some magic to hand hygiene with Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System
- Put some toys and books near their potty to encourage them to stay longer. Make sure these are items you can clean easily to prevent the spread of bacteria
- Praise your child when they do a wee or poo in their potty
- Introduce potty training pants to get your toddler used to pulling their own pants up and down.
Hygiene for hands and home
Potty training doesn’t happen overnight. Every child is unique and for some it can be a slower journey than it is for others. Either way, it’s the perfect time to teach your little one the basics of hand hygiene, pointing out what they shouldn’t touch around the toilet and getting them into the habit of proper hand washing. For easy-to-use hand washing have Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System at the ready – it kills 99.9% of bacteria.
As well as lots of practice, potty training takes lots of patience too. You’ll need to keep your home hygienic by having the discipline to clean and disinfect areas immediately (including your child’s potty) to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.
Potty cleaning tips:
- Empty any contents of the potty into the toilet before cleaning
- Use pre-diluted Dettol Antiseptic liquid
- If using Dettol Antiseptic Liquid, only use diluted, do not put neat into the potty as this could damage the plastic.
- Use Dettol Cleansing Floor Wipes to wipe up puddles and poops
- Clean the toilet seat, toilet flush and taps with Dettol Complete Clean Multi Action Trigger/Dettol Antibacterial Cleanser.
If you find you’re cleaning up messes more than celebrating the little successes, don’t stress, it could be that your child just isn’t ready for potty training yet.