Different Potty Training Methods

When it comes to potty training there are a variety of methods on offer to help. Before choosing which you might use, it’s a good idea to find out about a few to see which will suit you and your little one the best. Here we compare a selection:

Huggies® Pull-Ups®

Potty training with Huggies® Pull-Ups® offers a flexible approach. Huggies® Pull-Ups® are designed to make potty training easier and more fun, with unique features to help toddlers master this milestone. 

Slim-fitting, easy to pull up and down and with super stretchy sides, Huggies® Pull-Ups® give kids independence and, together with their fun boy and girl designs, they look and feel like real pants. They are distinctly different from nappies and nappy pants, and moving on to Huggies® Pull-Ups® sends a clear message to your toddler that they are no longer in nappies. It’s because of this that Huggies® Pull-Ups®, used instead of pants, can work well with different potty training methods.

As they protect against little accidents, there’s no need to stay confined to the house during potty training. For this reason they are a great solution if your child is being cared for by others at times during the potty training process. But while Huggies® Pull-Ups® offer some absorbency, they are not made to replace the role of a nappy. Their unique fade when wet graphics help toddlers learn the difference between wet and dry and they also offer Easy-Open sides for quick checks and changes.

For a consistent approach during potty training, Huggies® Pull-Ups® Night-Time offer all the benefits of Huggies® Pull-Ups® but with extra absorbency for a good night's sleep.

Cold turkey

Potty training cold turkey involves picking a day to give up nappies and never looking back. On the first morning, the toddler changes into pants or goes naked below the waist and learns to use the potty through being shown what to do, reminders, having accidents and being given lots of encouragement and praise. Most often the child will still wear nappies over night until day time training is finished. This is not a prescribed method but one that parents can adapt to their child and circumstances.

Gina Ford

Stick with Gina Ford and she aims to have your little one potty trained in just a week. Her approach is in two stages, the first being preparation (getting your child used to just sitting on the potty a couple of times a day) and the second a seven day training programme. During this stage, which must be carried out at home, toddlers are encouraged to switch to pants and visit the toilet every 15 minutes, gradually building up to longer intervals. It also advises the use of a star chart to earn rewards for progress and recommends that you stay in one room during training for best effect.

The 3 day method

This method promises to have your child accustomed to the idea of using the potty within a short space of time – not necessarily completely potty trained. It then requires the toddler to go naked below the waist while at home for the first 3 days after the initial 'potty training weekend'. Parents need to be completely focussed on the training, watching for any sign that their child needs to wee. Trips away from home are also very limited during the initial 3 days of training.

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