Today is the day we talk about getting those wees in the toilet every time.
Did you work through that checklist I gave you on Day 1?
Undies for toddler
Step + toilet insert / potty
Setting them up with the lingo to prep for this next step
Don’t get me wrong, you can be totally prepared and organised but what happens when you start putting them on the toilet they don’t do a thing.
Hop off and 5 mins later a wee puddle appears on the floor time. *sigh*
Welllllll I have a secret for this one too and I’m going to share it with you today.
1. It’s all in the position – the WEE POSITION
This really does make a big difference. If the knees are apart it allows the muscles to open up and your little can relax. Funnily enough relaxing makes it easier to pee!
If you are using a toilet stool you need to make sure their feet are flat as this helps them feel secure and grounded.
Note: boys do much better when they start out sitting down. He will be ready to transition to the point and aim version before you know it. Don’t worry.
2. Relax and blooooooooow out
This releases those wee muscles. If your toddler won’t just blow out on their own try getting them to blow bubbles while on the loo or even blow up a balloon.
3. Running water makes almost anyone wee
Yes, water is like magic when it comes to releasing wee. You can try getting warm bowl of water with marbles in the bottom and making an activity where they select the marbles from the bowl while sitting on the potty. The distraction + water will help them right along.
Alternatively, the old potty next to the bath trick works wonders. Or washing your hands while they are on the loo if there is a tap nearby.
4. Find out what they need to relax
Do they want you close by or would they prefer you to leave the room? If you ask them you are letting them decide and this all adds to their increased feeling of comfort.
Singing together or reading a story is also another great strategy.
If you make toilet time too long they just won’t want to do it. Equally, if you ask them to sit on the potty too often they will probably start saying no too. Once they get those first wees in there it will be so much easier as the process is understood. SO just be patient. Relax.
5. Make it fun
Fun things are things you want to do more often. Plus remember, kids learn best through play. So the more sing songs, stories, bubbles, marbles, the more likely the child is to want to visit that space.
Speaking of fun, our Weepals stickers are super fun. You put them at the bottom of the dry potty and when the wee hits a figure appears. Find me a toddler who doesn’t love that sort of magic.
The range includes a digger, butterfly, car, target, motorbike, dinosaur and more.
6. Empower them
By offering your child the choice to use the loo you are allowing them to feel more in control of the situation. And when they are in control they are more happy to oblige.
I do find that most kids will do their first wee on a potty more easily than a toilet. This is down to naturally sitting in the wee position, proximity to play so they don’t have to hold for long once they realise ‘it’s time’, and it’s super easy for them to get on and off.
I have a blog all about using the potty vs the toilet. You can find that HERE. And my book Potty Talk dives deep into some of the issues we can face around toilet training, like stubbornness or being scared, as well as tips for training faster and so much more. gave you a link to a free ecopy in today’s email so don’t forget to download it. I – THE EBOOK IS NOT FREE IT IS 9.99
Pop some bubbles in that toolbox. Marbles too!
Add a Weepals sticker to the bottom of the potty.
If using a loo check your step stool is high enough to allow feet flat and in the wee position
Post a photo of your little one grooving in their pants. #lifeismorefuninpants and post it in our Mum’s Toolbox Group. We love to see them!