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Say goodbye to nappies

Are you ready to start potty training? Then it’s time to move on from nappies and get your little one excited about becoming a big kid!

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When your little one starts showing signs of potty training readiness, it’s time to get started.

First, lay the groundwork for potty training by talking to your child. Let them know that everyone has to wee and poo sometimes, and help them understand what it feels like when you have to go and what to do about it.

Then it’s time to leave nappies behind. This is an important step as it gives your toddler a clear signal that they're a big kid and don’t need nappies anymore. It’s a big milestone on their journey to discovering their independence; it’s all about striking the right balance between encouraging your child to try things for themselves and protecting them from feeling worried or upset if things go wrong.

With this in mind, Huggies® Pull-Ups® are designed to help children potty train with confidence. Each feature promotes independence while also protecting against accidents. Our range of unique Disney graphics gives little learners the opportunity to choose for themselves, and their slim and stretchy design means they’re easy to pull up and down.

Together with your support and encouragement, your toddler’s confidence will flourish as they take an important step towards becoming a big kid.

Heather Wittenberg

Child Psychologist and Mum of
four Dr. Heather Wittenberg

Shopping List

Download our list of potty training essentials and take it with you to the supermarket – you will find all your potty training essentials in the baby aisle.

Set the scene

Create excitement and foster their independence by encouraging them to make some decisions about the challenge ahead. Here are some fun ways to do this:

Shopping trip

Feat Shopping Trip

Take a special shopping trip. Shop together for bits you’ll need, like a potty and some Huggies® Pull-Ups® - don’t forget your shopping list!

Tell your nursery

Tell Your Nursery

Talk about potty training with your nursery school teacher and find out what the situation is at school. They usually have great suggestions, too.

Discovering other potties

Discovering Other Potties

Show your little one that there is more than one potty – at granny’s, in a restaurant, in the bathroom! This helps them go potty whenever and wherever they need.

Potty partners

Potty Partners

Share your potty training plan with your friends, family and babysitter so you’re all on the same page.

Get creative

Feat Get Creative

Get creative. Let them take ownership of their potty by personalising it with stickers.

Let them choose

Feat New Training Pants

Introduce them to Huggies® Pull-Ups®. Show them their new training pants and let them choose which ones to wear.

Why Huggies® Pull-Ups® strikes the right balance between safety and independence

Going from the comfortable safety of nappies to the new freedom of big kid pants is a huge leap; it can be tricky finding the right balance between the two. Only Huggies® Pull-Ups® provides the right level of support and independence to potty train your little one with confidence.

The Right Balance

The Right Balance

Potty training is a key development stage for your child as they learn independence for the first time. Potty training with Huggies® Pull-Ups® is the perfect stepping stone for your little one, allowing them to gain their autonomy as a big kid, pulling their pants up and down for the first time, whilst still providing them with the absorbent support they need.

Disney Design

Disney Design

Involving children in decisions is an important part of becoming independent. Our fun Disney graphics mean that your little ones can choose their own pants for the first time.


Everything you need to know to get through Step 2

Invite Them To The Loo

Bringing your child Into the loo

One of the most powerful ways children learn potty training is by observation. So don’t be shy about inviting your child in to see how you use the toilet. Be matter-of-fact about how it all works, answer any questions, and talk about how good it feels to get all the wee and poo out of our bodies.

Dads, unless you have a urinal in your home, we don’t recommend having your son stand to wee until he’s older. Standing up takes considerably more coordination and skill than weeing while seated. And weeing and pooing often happens at the same time, so if he’s already sitting down, you might just get lucky.

Older, already potty-trained siblings and cousins can be good role models, too. They can show the potty trainee how they use the potty, and how to flush and wash hands. Just be sure to supervise the big kid if they are helping the little kid to ensure hygiene procedures are being followed.

By the way, don’t worry if there isn’t a same-sex parent in the home to help your little one learn how to use the potty. Matching equipment doesn’t matter nearly as much as your child’s readiness — and your partnership with your child. Your positive, supportive attitude is all that it takes. If you’ve been changing your child’s nappies all along, this is just the next step in the process.

Make Sure The Bathroom Is Ready

Preparing the loo

Now that you’re ready to begin potty training, it’s time to prep the loo! Some families use a little child-size potty, while others opt for a potty insert for the toilet. If you choose the insert, be sure to create a safe environment with a sturdy step stool. You may need to experiment to see which works best for your little learner.

Here’s what else you’ll need:

  • A stash of Huggies® Pull-Ups® at the ready.
  • Flushable wipes
  • Place a foamy soap dispenser by the sink. Kids this age love trying new scents and colours of soap, so buy a few options to encourage hand washing.
  • A canister of surface disinfecting wipes. Potty training can be a bit messy, it’s true, but you’ll be ready! Stash these wipes up high out of children’s reach since they contain stronger ingredients.
  • Place the potty training progress chart at your child’s height.
  • A basket filled with potty-themed books and a couple of new, bathroom-only toys. Sometimes there will be a wait whilst sitting on the potty, and it can help to have a few distractions to keep a busy toddler on the “throne” for a few minutes.
Warm Ups

Dressing for success

They may look cute, but not all toddler clothes are helpful when potty training, in fact some make it almost impossible! It’s time to set aside the dungarees in favour of some super practical outfits!

Buck the trends

It may be fashionable but if it’s not easy to take off or pull up and down, then it’s a definite no-no during potty training. Parents and experts agree that tracksuit pants or trousers and shorts with elasticated waists are the perfect choice, while little girls will find dresses and skirts convenient.

Easy does it

Wearing clothes that can be easily dropped to the ankles or kicked off completely so the knees can be spread apart makes weeing much easier and more comfortable. Tights are the trickiest to take off, and little girls rarely push them down far enough when going to the bathroom, so these are best avoided.

Less is best

In the early stages of potty training, it’s best for little ones to wear as little clothing as possible for most of the day or for a few hours in the morning, giving them one less thing to think about.

Practice first

As children are used to having a little help when dressing, it’s a good idea to help them practice how to pull down clothes for potty time. Children will be more willing to go to the potty or toilet if they feel confident about undressing.

Be prepared

Accidents will happen, so be prepared. Keep one or two extra outfits and a stash of Huggies® Pull-Ups® Training Pants to hand, especially when you’re out and about.

Wardrobe no-nos:

  • Dungarees/overalls 
  • All-in-ones 
  • Singlets or T-shirts that do up under the crotch 
  • Hand-wash items or anything marked 'dry-clean only' 
  • Tights

Best dressed:

  • Stretchy leggings 
  • Trousers or shorts with an elasticated waist 
  • Skirts and dresses 
  • Huggies® Pull-Ups® potty training pants
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Tools & Activities

Tools and Activities to help you complete Step 2

Big Kid Drawer

Get your child excited about potty training with this activity that lets them see they are taking a major step towards being a big kid.

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Activities Big Kid Drawer

Bye Bye Nappies Game

Encourage your little one to start potty training with this game that makes moving on from nappies exciting.

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Activities Byebye Nappies Game