Moving on from nappies

Most children are ready to graduate from nappies sometime between 18 months and four years, but there are no rules so it’s important to be guided by your child.

Top 10 Tips

1. Signs your child might be ready to ditch nappies include knowing when their nappy is wet or full and maybe even telling you; staying dry for longer periods of time and waking up dry after their nap.

2. Familiarising your child with the potty or toilet may make the transition easier. If you’re going to use a potty, have one around for your child to sit on and get used to.

3. Let them come into the bathroom with you, and tell them what is happening, for example, “Mummy is having a wee”.

4. It also helps to prompt your child if they’re engrossed in what they’re doing. Ask them if they need to go for a wee and take them to the toilet at regular times, for example after eating and before going to bed.

5. Praise, hugs, claps, star charts or a small treat can show them you’re pleased with their efforts.

6. If accidents happen – and they will – don’t make a fuss. It’s part of the learning process.

7. Children need clothes that are easy to get off in a hurry, so avoid dungarees and any clothing with buttons and zips.

8. Summer is an easier time to try and make the transition.

9. Pack a few spare changes of clothes when you go out, and you may want to use pull-ups for long car journeys.

10. Teach your child to wash and dry their hands well. A good rule of thumb is wash hands for as long as it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ and dry them for just as long.

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