Why I love my Potette! Real parents share their stories

Why I love my Potette! Real parents share their stories

It made toilet trips that little bit easier so I could sort Hallie-May out & let Blake do his business without having to hold him from falling in to the toilet, giving him confidence. We would recommend this to any #toilettraining parent.”

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“Honestly the Potette has been a lifesaver for us as we like to travel, and I wouldn’t want to be karting around the big house potty in my luggage and having to clean it when we are out and about.

When it came to toilet training, the Potette really helped because it keeps their little bottoms snug and secure whereas using the large fitted toilet seat was quite unnerving for them because they felt like they might fall in. I really recommend it!”

Emilie, Mum of two children aged 3 and 7

“It’s really convenient and packs away small enough to carry in a regular bag. I like having the disposable bags as this means that I can use it more than once in the same trip.”

Steve, Dad of two children aged 2 and 4

“I tell everyone I know to use a Potette! You can easily take it anywhere and you can have consistency with the Potette as it is a Potty and a Toilet Trainer”

Debbie, Mum of two children aged 3 and 6


“We loved the Potette for when we were out and about – because when nature calls, you need to be able to whip trousers down and get them sat wherever you are. Also, having something that is compact like the Potette, not adding to the bulk of things you already need to take out and hygienic at the same time, was a huge thumbs up for us.”

Katia, Mum of two children aged 2 and 4

“The Potette makes days out easy. No more mad dash to the nearest loos! Compact and easy to carry, we use it all the time.”

Dean, Dad of two children aged 3 and 7

“We decided to take the handy Potette Plus from @cheeky_rascals out with us today & I’m so glad we did, I’m very pleased with it as is Blake! (His big boy seat)

A guide to the first 4 days of potty training

A guide to the first 4 days of potty training

Before you start

  • Ensure your child is showing signs of readiness
  • Do not begin if your child is experiencing a UTI or constipation
  • Read stories about potty training
  • Let them pick their new pants and decorate their potty with stickers

Day 1

  • Remove the nappy, except for nighttime
  • Many children respond best to going bare bottoms for a few days
  • Stay at home
  • Show your child their potty or the toilet seat if preferred
  • Offer regular potty opportunities
    Encourage fluids
  • If your child has an accident simply say ‘maybe next time’ and point to the potty and clean them up
  • Lots of praise if the potty is used

Day 2

  • Remain consistent
  • Remain bare bottom if your child is comfortable with this
  • Remind your child where the potty/toilet seat is
  • Offer regular potty opportunities
  • Encourage fluids
  • If your child has an accident simply say ‘maybe next time’ and point to the potty and involve them in
    cleaning up. Try to remain calm – accidents are normal and to be expected
  • Lots of praise if the potty is used

Day 3

  • Remain consistent
  • Start the day bare bottoms but offer big boy/girl pants in the afternoon.
  • Many children respond well to
    their favourite cartoon characters.
  • Practice pulling them up and down.
  • Encourage liquids
  • Remind your child where the potty/toilet seat is
  • If your child has an accident simply say ‘maybe next time’ and point to the potty and clean them up
  • Lots of praise if potty used

Day 4

  • Offer pants from the start of the day
    Perhaps consider a short journey away from the home – do not forget your Potette
  • When out and about remind your child to ask for the Potette if needed
  • Lots of praise if it is used.
  • If they have an accident show them the Potette and say ‘maybe next time.’

Things to be aware of

  • Accidents are normal – never punish or scold for such
  • If a child shows signs of constipation or UTI in the first few days – stop the process
  • If a child does not like going bare bottom, then start with pants
  • Most children still require a nappy at night time
  • If a child begins to hold urine or poo stop the process
Preparing Your Child for Potty Training

Preparing Your Child for Potty Training

Although it is advantageous to wait to start potty training when your child is showing signs of readiness, it is never too early to begin preparing them. Good preparation, can promote an easier potty training experience. Here are some tips which may help:

1. Purchase a potty: Purchase a potty and keep it in the bathroom. If you like you can offer stickers for your child to decorate it (just not in the bowl itself as they will get ruined). Invite your child to sit on it if they wish. Even wearing clothes is fine. At this point, all we are aiming to do, is make the potty a familiar item to your child.

2. Normalise wee and poo: It can be easy to only talk about poo in a negative way. This can lead some children to believe that it is not a natural occurrence experienced by all. When you are going to the bathroom verbally share the process with your child. For example say ‘mummy can feel a poo in her tummy, she is going to the toilet now.’ Then on your return say ‘mummy did a poo and is feeling better.’ If your child does a poo, try to refrain from using negative terms to describe it. Instead speak matter of factly, saying ‘you have done a big poo today’ to normalise such and help them to recognise when they have been.

3. Include stories and animations which demonstrate the potty process: Many children are visual learners. Include books and stories involving potty training, helping them to understand the process. Alternatively there are some great animations which demonstrate the process using fun characters.

4. Role model: Many parents experience little visitors when they use the bathroom. If you are comfortable with this, talk them through the process. ‘Mummy is sitting on the toilet to do her wee,’ ‘Mummy is using toilet roll to clean herself after her wee,’ ‘Mummy is flushing the chain,’ ‘Mummy is washing her hands.’ You can include your child in flushing the chain to help familiarise them with this.

5. Involve their toys: It can be advantageous to use toys to demonstrate the potty training process. Dolls which drink water and then mock urinate can be great examples. You can know purchase some which come with little potties. Remember to include all the steps of potty training for the doll – including washing their hands.


6. Avoid constipation: It is important that your child is neither constipated or experiencing a UTI prior to commencing the potty training process. This can impact their health, and make the potty process uncomfortable which can lead to resistance. In order to help prevent this encourage daily exercise, a high fibre diet and lots of water. If you are concerned your child may be experiencing a UTI or contact your GP.

7. Buy underwear: Involve your child in the purchasing their own underwear. Many are attracted to familiar cartoon characters. Leave them out in a place which your child can see, helping them to become familiar with them before the process begins.

8. Acquire the essentials: Some items which can make the potty process easier include waterproof sheets, night nappies, car seat protector and the Potette –making potty training on the go much easier.

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Potty Training in The Spring

Potty Training in The Spring

Spring can be an excellent time to potty train. The weather can be a little warmer, which allows for children to wear lighter clothes, which can be easier for them to pull up and down. The brighter weather may also make it a little easier to line dry clothes, after they have been washed due to inevitable accidents. I recommend staying close to the home for the first few days, so it may allow for time to play in the garden.

However, spring is only a good time to start, if your child is also physically, socially and emotionally ready to begin the potty training process. Here are a few signs which may indicate that they are ready:-

-They are able to stay dry for up to 2 hours,
-They show interest in potty training (interest in their potty or others when they use the toilet)
-They wake up dry after a nap
-They tell you when they are about to use their nappy (or when they have just been)
-They hide whilst using their nappy

Some children demonstrate all these behaviours, whilst others just a few. It is important to go at the speed and develop of your individual child.

It is also important to ensure that your child has not recently experienced too many changes, which can make it more difficult for them to focus on the potty training task. Such changes may include, moving to a new room at nursery, moving house, the arrival of a new sibling or a bereavement. Leaving a little bit of time between such events and commencing potty training, can help ensure that
your child is emotionally ready for a new challenge and that their environment is secure and stable to allow for the process to commence.

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It is also important to ensure that your child is not experiencing constipation or a UTI before commencing the potty process – speak to your child’s GP if you suspect either.
Here is a short quiz which can help you determine if your child is ready. Allocate the relevant points per section and add them up at the end*:

  1. How old is your child?
    Under 22 months – 0 points
    Over 22 months – 3 points 2.
  2. Can your child stay dry for more than 2 hours?
    No – 0 points
    Yes – 2 points 3.
  3. Does your child wake up dry after a nap?
    No – 0 points
    Yes – 2 points 4.
  4. Does your child use potty training language (wee, poo etc)
    No – 0 points
    Yes – 1 point 5.
  5. Does your child show interest in others using the toilet?
    No – 0 points
    Yes – 2 points 6.
  6. Does your child tell you when they need to wee / poo (even if only occasionally)?
    No – 0 points
    Yes – 2 points
  7. Does your child tell you when they have done a wee / poo (even if only occasionally)?
    No – 0 points
    Yes – 2 points

Under 5 points: It is unlikely your child is ready to commence potty training. But do not worry – their bladder is still developing. Take this quiz again in a few weeks

6 – 11 points: Your child is showing some indication that they are ready to start potty training. With consistency and support you could begin the process together

Over 12 points: It is likely that your chid is capable and very ready to commence potty training. Good luck with the process

*Please note this is just a guide and individual children may differ

For those of you, who believe your child is ready, wishing you a smooth potty training journey.

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A Potty Designed to Travel

A Potty Designed to Travel

The Potette Plus is not your average potty. This streamlined, adaptable travel potty and toilet training seat in one, was designed to go places no potty has ever been before. Don’t travel without one this Easter!

Ready for adventure

Wherever you are going on your Easter adventures, the Potette Plus is your perfect travel companion. It fits easily in to your handbag, rucksack or in the basket under your buggy thanks to its folding legs and hygienic carry bag, so you can take it with you everywhere and be ready for anything.

The disposable, biodegradable liners fit neatly inside the potty and have an ultra-absorbent pad that turns liquid into gel for mess free potty training when you’re out and about.  Simply remove the liner, dispose of it and you are ready to go!

Adapt to any situation

As your child gets older, you can use the Potette Plus as a handy toilet seat. This is particularly useful when you are on holiday as you won’t need to take a separate toilet training seat with you which means more baggage allowance for you!

Not only will your little one feel more secure using the toilet because the Potette Plus seat is just their size, it also protects them from germs if you are using a public toilet that isn’t very clean while you are travelling, because they won’t need to touch the toilet seat.

Whether you are having a staycation or a vacation this Easter, the Potette Plus provides a convenient, clean solution to potty training when you are out and about.

Where will you take yours?

We want to hear from you with your stories. Have you used your Potette Plus somewhere out of the ordinary? Extreme potty training on the ski slopes? A poo with a view at the seaside? On a boat at sea and they needed a wee?

Get in touch to share your photos and tell us all about it using the hashtag #whennaturecalls and #potetteplus

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