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How To: Potty train your little boy

Ready for potty training with your little boy? Awesome! Use these simple tips to get you off to a great start:

  1. 📚 Start reading potty training books and talking about the new venture! 
  2. 🚒 Get a potty and let him put stickers on it. You might want to put one potty in the bathroom and another in the living room. 
  3. 🦸‍♂️ Get a toy, or older sibling, to demonstrate how to use a potty. 
  4. 🧸 If he's too distracted and won't sit long enough on the potty, try reading a book or playing with his favourite toys. 
  5. 🚽 If he's decided to use the toilet instead, get a toilet training seat so he won't be scared of falling in. 
  6. 🧼 Get a stool so he can reach the sink and wash his hands. Use this time to teach him about hygiene. 
  7. 🪑 It might be easier for him to sit down at first. He then might do poo at the same time!
  8. 🎯 If he's standing up, practise aiming by putting a little toilet roll ball in the potty/ toilet and ask him to aim for it. 
  9. 🩲 Take him shopping for 'big boy underwear' and let him choose his own.
  10. 📅 Set a 'big day' date to begin potty training, and look forward to it together. Make it exciting! On the 'big day' remove the night time nappy and put his 'big boy pants' on. Take him to the potty every 20 minutes. 
  11. 🛌 If he's going to nursery or grandparent's house, ask them to continue potty training. Putting a nappy on will only confuse him. The exception might be a trip to the shop. If you decided to put a nappy on, explain it's only for the shop and take it off as soon as you return home. Night time potty training takes longer so your child will still need a nappy for bedtime. 
  12. 🤗 Be calm when accidents happen. Quickly clean them up and remind him that wee and poo go in the potty. 
  13. 🥳 Praise, praise, praise! Even if only one wee or poo made it to the potty, make a big deal out of it! Children love stickers so a chart might be a good idea to track his progress.
  14. 💧 Protect your sofas, beds and carpets in case of any accidents. PeapodMats washable bed pads stay in place with no straps and quickly absorb any accidents so you don't have to spend hours cleaning!

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PeapodMat | Size: Medium
Debbie McNaught
Fit for purpose

This has be a great addition to supporting my father and it makes changing the bed easy as it’s only this that needs changing not the whole bed. Although a bit expensive it was worth it

An absolute godsend!

These mats are absolutely brilliant! Night time bed wetting is made so much easier and quicker as you can just remove it and pop another one one super fast, which at 2am is exactly what you need. It hasn't failed me yet, it really does stay in place too and we've been using it for a few months. I would recommend getting two, so you have a back-up one; but if it means you save time and stress at crazy o'clock then it's a winner for me!
They are super easy to wash as well - just don't use fabric softener; and it can be tumble dried too! I can't praise these mats highly enough really. Thank the lord for Peapod Mats! :)

Hello Kate,
It's great to hear that PeapodMats save you time and stress during the night time!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,

Very absorbent, but crinkles

This mat is indeed super absorbent and helps a lot in not having to strip the whole bed if my son's night nappy leaks (which sometimes happens every night...). However, having washed and tumble dried it 7-8 times now, the sides do lift up and although the mat is quite good at staying in place on the bed, I didn't expect the sides to crinkle up after just a few washes. It does work as a very absorbent mat though, so overall happy with it.

Thank you for your review, A.G.! We're so happy to read that you love PeapodMat's absorbency and the fact that it stays in place on the bed. However, PeapodMats were design to last for over 500 washes and the sides shouldn't lift up. Please could you email us with your order details and the pictures of your PeapodMat at and we'll be happy to help.

Great product

We have a 5-year-old and the medium size works very well, even though I thought I might need a large. Great product, works very well, saves you some late night bed making.

It's great to hear that PeapodMat saves you late night bed making!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,

5⭐ Best Parenting Purchase

5⭐ The Peapod Mat is proving to be an absolute best parenting product we own. Our 3yr old son began night toilet training around 2 months ago. On the nights he's had an accident, this has made bed changing simple, quick, and best of all doesn't allow our son to stir too much whilst I change the bed. Meaning he's back in bed and sleeping once more in minutes. Super absorbent. Easy to wash and quick drying. The gripping was something I was most dubious about, as our 3yr old is particularly fidgety in his sleep!!! However it stays in place all night 👌 Now reccomending to all my friends. Thank you Joizi. 🥰

We're delighted to hear that PeapodMat has made bed changes simple and quick!
Thank you for your feedback and recommendations,