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03Dec 13

A cushiony child’s toilet for potty training

It might seem a bit silly to say, but around the time that our daughter Hannah reached her first birthday, I began to become excited about potty training. It’s a big step, and I really looked forward to those first milestones as a first-time parent (and I continue to do so!).

But about six months ago as she started to show interest in that big, white and watery bowl, my excitement about toilet training turned into nervousness. After all, we can’t rely on personal experience to guide us through it because we were too young to remember!

At the very least, Chris and I knew we needed to buy a child’s potty.

Prince Lionheart pottyPOD

Prince Lionheart pottyPOD

Potty Pod

When Hannah started to tell us that she had done a wee or a poo and asked that we change her nappy – a tell-tale sign of potty training readiness – we knew it was time.

After searching through the wide range of potties out there, including some that play celebratory music after successful use and others that have a faux handle that plays a flushing noise, we settled on the Prince Lionheart pottyPOD in green to match our bath towels. It’s not every day that you get to colour-coordinate a toilet with your bathroom décor, so I took advantage of it! The potty is anti-microbial and made of soft and cushiony material, unlike the hard plastic that so many other potties are made of, which I think helped Hannah take to it more easily.

The height is also adjustable using the removable base ring, which came in handy when she experienced a growth spurt. It even has a deflector shield to prevent any messes during Hannah’s shakier moments.

Potty training rewards

So we had the main tool – the potty – but how to go about training her was still unclear. It turns out there is a lot of conflicting information online about toilet training children. Some sources recommended a reward system to coax the child into using the potty, while others suggested a direct approach without sweets or bribery.

We opted to simply praise her if she performed well, and it worked! It only took about a month of training until she really got the hang of it. Now, at nearly 3-years-old, she goes it alone most of the time. I’m so glad I never have to change or wash another dirty nappy again!

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