Podcast Episode #214

Toilet Training Tips with Jo Hardie

toilet training tips

Embarking on the journey of toilet training can be a daunting prospect for many parents. Fortunately, insights from seasoned experts like Jo Hardie, mother of three and the creator of Spewy. In this podcast episode, Jo shared valuable toilet training tips and strategies.

Timing – How to Know When to Start Toilet Training?

The question of when to start toilet training is a common concern for many parents. Jo advises that the readiness of a child varies significantly, and it’s essential to look for natural signs of readiness rather than forcing the process. These signs might include showing interest in bathroom activities, being able to pull up their own trousers, or expressing discomfort with dirty nappies. Starting toilet training should feel like a natural step forward, not a forced march.

The Difference Between Day and Night Toilet Training

Toilet training during the day and night are two distinctly different challenges. Daytime training is often marked by teaching children to recognise the signs that they need to go and encouraging them to act on these cues promptly. In contrast, night-time training involves biological changes where the body learns to reduce urine production at night. Jo mentions that this process is gradual and can vary significantly among children, often taking longer to achieve than daytime dryness.

Making Toilet Training a Positive Experience

Keeping the toilet training experience positive is crucial for both the child and the parent. Negative responses or frustration can lead to setbacks, so maintaining a supportive and cheerful environment is key. Jo suggests incorporating fun elements like games or using a sticker chart to make the process enjoyable. Additionally, specific products such as potties designed for little ones, engaging books on toilet training, and even floating targets for boys to aim at can add a playful twist to toilet training routines.

How to Manage Setbacks

Setbacks are a normal part of any toilet training journey. Jo emphasises the importance of handling these with understanding and reassurance rather than disappointment. Factors such as illness, emotional stress, or changes in routine can lead to temporary regressions. It’s essential to remain patient, provide comfort, and continue supporting your child through these hiccups, reinforcing the idea that setbacks are merely temporary and part of the learning process.

** This podcast has general information only. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health or medical condition. 

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