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When to Start Potty Training

Every child is unique and there's no right or wrong age to start potty training. It's important to remember not to compare your child to others!

Potty training will be more effective if your child is ready. Usually that's when they reach 2-3 years old, but some children show signs of readiness earlier or later.

Answer these questions and we'll tell you if you're ready to start potty training:

  • Is your child hiding whilst having a wee or poo in their nappy?
  • Is your child verbally telling you they're having a wee or poo?
  • Is your child dry for 1-2 hours at a time?¬†
  • Can your child follow simple instructions?¬†
  • Can your child pull their pants up and down?
  • Is your child interested in the toilet or potty?
  • Is your child asking¬†to wear 'big underwear'?¬†

If you answered yes to most of these questions: sounds like your little one is ready and you can start thinking and talking to them about potty training!

If you answered no to most of these questions: hold off for a few weeks, sounds like your little one needs a bit more time. If you're desperate to get them potty trained, you can still succeed at this stage but it will probably take longer and they'll have more accidents. 

Now you've decided if your little one is ready... are you ready too?

Do you have the time and patience to potty train right now? If there's a lot going on in your life right now, like a new house, new sibling, starting nursery etc it's best to hold off until everything settles.

Patience is the key to success. There's about to be a lot of accidents and it's crucial to offer continued, non-judgemental support and encouragement to your little one. Frustration from you can discourage and upset your child, causing regression and refusal to potty train.

If warmer weather(link to potty training in summer blog post) is just around the corner, you might want to wait as there's less washing and cleaning to do once the weather warms up! 

If you've decided that you and your little one are ready to tackle potty training, prepare well before you start by stocking up on underwear, potties and PeapodMats to protect your home!

Don't forget to read our informative blog post on "How to start potty training" and good luck!

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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‚≠ź Best Parenting Purchase

5‚≠ź 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 ūüĎĆ Now reccomending to all my friends. Thank you Joizi. ūü•į

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