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Common Potty Training Problems... & How To Solve Them!

Which one sounds like you? 

  • My child is scared of the potty! 😨

Avoid singing/talking potties or ones with flashing lights as children often get scared of them. (We've been there!) It's best to get the simplest potty available and let your child decorate it with their own stickers. Once a child is scared of a potty, it may take some time for them to be willing to try potty training again. Don't give up, keep talking about potty training, but remove the 'scary potty' asap.

  • My child refuses to potty train! 😩

Sometimes children refuse to potty train if they have too many accidents. They might feel like it's too hard, and become discouraged. Your support is very important here and your child should know there is no punishment for accidents. Try to remain calm and offer lots of praise when your child does wee or poo in the potty! With ample time and praise, they will begin to realise they can do it!

Remember to protect your sofa, bed and carpet around the potty with a waterproof PeapodMat. This will remove the stress of accidents and save you hours of cleaning up! 

  • My child constantly has accidents when we're away from home! 😟

It's natural for a child to have more accidents outside of the home, where a potty was always at hand. Some parents prefer to pop their child in pull ups, explaining that it's only for the outside. After a few attempts, and your child staying dry, you can try going out without it. Another solution is to carry a potty with you but this is not always practical, etc. 

  • My child shows no signs of being ready for potty training! 🤔

There's no set age to begin potty training, but usually a child becomes ready between 2-3 years old. If you're worried that your child is getting older and shows no interest in potty training try talking to them about potty training, or reading a book on the subject.

If your little one has speech problems and can't communicate their needs, the signs of being ready for potty training might not be that obvious. At the beginning it's best to take your child to the potty, rather than asking if they need it.

  • My child seems to have regressed after a big life event! 😭

This is a very common potty training problem. It's best to postpone potty training if there are big events happening like a new sibling, new house, starting nursery etc. Wait a few weeks until everything settles down and try again. Don't get too discouraged!

  • My child won't poo on a potty! 😕

Children often don't want to poo on a potty and they will try to hold it. This can lead to constipation. One painful poo on a potty can be enough to put them off pooping and they might consistently try to hold it. It's important to keep them hydrated, make sure their diet is high in fibre, and be on the lookout for signs of constipation. If you do notice that your child is constipated talk to your GP or Health Visitor. If the sound of flushing water is scaring them, wait until they leave the toilet to flush. 

 We hope you now feel confident in your ability to tackle all potty training problems!

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Great mattress protector

Lovely quality and stays put on the bed for my grandson.

Does the job!

This is great for keeping the bed sheet/mattress dry, however we still have the issue of the duvet getting wet if my daughter has an accident so I still have to strip half the bed. I question how comfortable it is to lay on as the material is a little rough but no complaints from my daughter. One thing I will say is my daughter gets very hot in bed laying on it, since using it she has sweated most nights which is a bit of a worry with overheating.

Hi Tamsin,

Thank you for your review! We're so happy to read that PeapodMat protects your daughter's bedsheet and mattress!

We're sorry to hear about your daughter getting hot at night. PeapodMats don't have a layer of plastic and are breathable so overheating shouldn't happen. Are you using any additional mattress protectors on your daughter's bed?

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Brilliant! Got my 4yo out of nappies within a couple of nights.

Perfect. I'd been at the end of my tether with my 4yo daughter who didn't want to let go of pull ups so invested in this mat. It's mega absorbent, and non slip and comfy to lay on. It washed well and air dries quickly. Within a couple of nights of use with accidents, she's night dry! I can't believe how much it helped, I wish we had bought it much sooner.

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I now have 3 of these. 1 for each of my children I just love them. Deafintly worth investing in one for you children.

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Great- but does move about

Covers a great amount of a single bed. It stays put but not all night- however, my son is a wriggly worm at night and moves non stop! The material is great and it feels really nice and soft. He loves his “new big boy sheet”