Mums & Tots Round-up: Time to start potty training

Potty training has to be right up there with the most stressful parenting tasks, don’t you think? I have successfully potty trained one of my daughters and am just starting again with my youngest – yet I feel like I am a stranger to the whole process! I know all children are different but it has come as quite a shock to me that they aren’t all as easy as my first! I have been sharing some tips for potty training a stubborn toddler over on my blog and I reached out to other parents to see if they had any tips or stories to share – hopefully they will be able to help you if you are starting the potty training too.

If you are wondering whether now is the right time to start then Le Coin De Mel has 5 signs to look out for and shares a little insight into her little girl’s journey. It is so hard to know when to start but hopefully her tips will help you recognise the signs. You Baby Me Mummy shared the beginning of her daughter’s journey, showing that sometimes it is the child that initiates it all (something we all wish for I am sure!).

Once you feel that your little one is ready you will need a few tips to get you started. Potty training is personal to each child so you need to find out what works for you but Mummy Tries shares some great starter points. Sophie Ella and Me also has a great list of potty training essentials for you – who knew there was so many things needed?

There will be days when you hit a bump in the road, your little one might have an accident or a wobble in confidence. Odd Socks and Lollipops has a great post sharing her experience and ways to help your little one get back on track. I certainly had a blip when chicken pox hit our house and at the time you feel like it is the end of the world, but you get past it and they are dry before too long.

I think we all need a bit of a laugh to get us through it all and this post from Whinge Whinge Wine will have you laughing out loud and this poem from Life Is Knutts is just hilarious! 

And finally, I really related to this post from Admissions of a Working Mother about her little boy and the fact that he is not potty trained at 3 years old. So many people will have an opinion on the matter and offer up advice that is not at all helpful to the situation. At the end of the day, it is nobody else’s business and so you need to focus on your own child and know that they will get there in their own time. 

Whatever stage you are at right now, good luck! 

Next month I am going to be talking about introducing a toddler to a new baby, so if you have a post around that subject then drop me a line at or tweet me @WhatKatySaidUK to be considered for the next round-up.

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Katy is a busy mum of 3 and blogs over at What Katy Said, sharing tips to help other mums get more organised and make more time for themselves. Starting out as a way to help others, her award nominated blog has now become her full time career and she is regularly listed as one of the top 10 baby bloggers in the UK. Connect with her over on Twitter @WhatKatySaidUK.

5 Responses to Mums & Tots Round-up: Time to start potty training

  1. Rhian Harris 21 February 2017 at 15:54 #

    Great articles. I wrote some last year whilst potty training my little girl too. If you’d like to read them you can find them here 🙂

  2. Mel 22 February 2017 at 22:34 #

    Lots of great advice there. I’ll be needing it all soon as my youngest is showing signs she’s ready (I am SO not ready!). Thanks for including us too x