Potty Training at 18 months

What do you do when your toddler shows signs of potty training earlier than normal? What is normal? Everywhere I look it says that most parents start potty training their children between 2 and 3 years old but Alyssia is only just coming up 18 months old and she has been showing signs of readiness for a while now.

I asked on twitter a while back for some advice on when to start & what to do and I seemed to get quite a negative response making me feel like I was pushing my daughter too much when in actual fact she has been showing signs of readiness for months. Alyssia understands when she has done a wee or a poo (lets not bother trying to make it sound polite, we’re all adults here) she understands where it comes from & when its happening. She knows when mummy is going for a ‘wee wee’ and she knows what to do once she has done one. Every time Alyssia wets her nappy or has done a number two, she will run off to the nappy cupboard & grab a nappy (sometimes all of them) a pack of wipes and lies on the floor ready for me to change her bum. We have been using nappy pants since she was about 11 months old if I remember rightly. I find them so much easier to get on & off of her and I feel like its a brilliant way to get them ready for potty training by having ‘big girl pants’ like mama. (Mama doesn’t wear pull ups, just to clarify – but you know what I’m saying). I have done my research and it says that a child under 2 years old cannot control when they wee & poo, I completely understand and agree with this – Alyssia can’t do this yet & I definitely don’t expect her to as she is just 18 months old. It also says that starting too early will result in accidents, again this is true but I am not going to go all in and take away her nappies completely.. she is still only little.

I have chosen to introduce the potty at just 18 months old because although Alyssia cannot control when she does a wee or a poo just yet, I feel like it will help her in the long run knowing that she can sit on the potty if she needs to do one. As she is so young we are starting by sitting her on the potty with her nappy still on when she shows signs of needing the toilet to get her used to the idea.

We were kindly sent a Peppa Pig potty training bundle by License to PR this included a potty training seat, a stool, a book & some Peppa Pig wipes. Alyssia was so excited when we received our blogger mail and helped me un-box it all but as soon as she realised it was Peppa Pig on the front, she went wild (she’s a big fan). Unfortunately the company ran out of Peppa Pig Potty’s which we needed in order to start our potty training journey however our problem was soon solved when we found one for just £11.99 online at babycurls, sorted.

I am a first time mama, so I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to ‘Potty shopping’ but I do know that I want something that looks comfortable & is easy to clean, this is exactly what this is. It also has the Peppa Pig design on the front which is great when you have a toddler who shouts the word ‘Peppa’ 10 times a day. The toilet training seat is the exact same design & again is easy to clean. It will help us so much when we transition from the potty to the toilet at a much later date. The stool is brilliant, it is non-slip which is exactly what we wanted & is amazing quality, the first thing Alyssia did when we unboxed the parcel was take the stool out & sit on it. We also received some Peppa Pig wipes & a Peppa Pig book. We have read the book a good 20 times now & I think I nearly know all of the words… mum life at its finest, right? But Alyssia absolutely adores it & asks for the Peppa book every morning.

A massive thank you to License to PR for our (Alyssia’s) Peppa Pig bundle!

*disclaimer – we were sent this Peppa Pig Potty Training Bundle in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts & opinions are of my own.

4 thoughts on “Potty Training at 18 months

  1. Both my daughter and son were fully potty trained by 18months all down to them. All kids are different best of luck with it I’m sure we will be starting it soon enough with number 3 who already takes herself off to the potty at times.

  2. Love the Peppa bundle, I’m slightly jealous & I think my mini-me would be mad if she knew about it (also a Peppa super fan), as instead she has her big brother’s hand-me-down Mickey Mouse potty lol.

    As for the negative comments, let them go in one ear and out the other, we’ve all had them, I can only think maybe they see it as a competition and don’t like others getting ahead. When the fact is we’re all different, we all do things at different rates, which leads me onto the fact that I’m not sure there is a “normal” age for potty training, we shouldn’t consider anyone early or late, it’s just when they’re ready.

    It sounds like you’re doing a brilliant job, just having the potty out is a great start & how we began our potty training journey too. I know my first time round I worried I might miss the boat/be a bad mum if I didn’t encourage it enough, but you soon realise it does come naturally, just follow their lead. I’d also recommend a sticker chart, we did use a Peppa one in this instance which really went down well & she loved sticking the Peppa stickers on each time she used the potty.

    Katie Xo

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      Oh Katie thank you so much for your comments on here recently it’s really lifting me up. The Peppa bundle is amazing and is only £25 online if you wanted to order one for her. The negative comments are hard, as a first time mum I didn’t have a clue what i was doing and comments like that do make you question your own parenting. I don’t think there is a normal age either but it’s just what I read online, the dreaded Google. Thank you so much, I do really think having the potty out is helping her get used to it. She quite likes the potty so I’m hoping she does well with it but I’m not going to push her, she will do it when she’s ready. A sticker chart would be a brilliant idea, I might do that in the future. Thank you so much! Xx

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