It may seem more convenient to start potty training in the warm summer months, but what if your toddler is showing signs of readiness in the cold, wet winter? If your toddler is ready for potty training then it’s time to get started no matter what the weather’s like outside. In fact, due to the darker days and colder weather, families tend to spend more time at home and indoors. This can be advantageous for potty training as the proximity to the toilet and the potty means the message can be more easily reinforced. To help you navigate your wintery toilet training, we’ve created a brief guide to potty training in winter.
Look for the signs of ‘readiness’
It’s important to make sure that your little one is ready for potty training, and not try to coerce them into it before they are ready. The main thing is to look for the signs of ‘readiness’ that your child might show. These may include:
- Discomfort in being in wet or dirty nappies
- Longer periods of time between nappies
- Intrigue at other children using the potty
- Verbalising the need for a new nappy
Keep the top half warm
Make sure your child stays as cosy as possible by putting them in a thick jumper or fleece. This will help encourage potty training. Long socks on the bottom half will also help your little one stay warm.
Dress them in simple clothing
The temptation in the winter is to layer up little kids. However, this can make it difficult to get undressed and risk more accidents. Put your toddler in soft tracksuit pants or thick leggings with an elasticated waist. These are easy to pull down and get to the potty in time. Tights, buttons, and zippers are more of a challenge.
Set fun goals
Children really love the cool underwear that they will get to wear if they stop using nappies. It makes them feel in control and grown up. Take them to the shops to choose ones in their favourite colour or with their favourite animal on. This will help incentivise them to potty train.
Reinforce a growth mindset
Sometimes accidents will happen and really that’s ok. Be sure to reinforce the message that potty training takes practice and that it’s fine to have an accident. Don’t shame your child if they don’t get it straight away, everyone learns at their own pace.
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