Toilet training involves teaching your child how to use the toilet or potty, and eventually how to control their bladder and bowel movements. It’s an important milestone for your child's development and independence, but we understand it can be a challenge to understand when your child is ready. One of the best signs to look out for is dry diapers, which means your child has gained enough bladder control to prevent wetting. It’s helpful to invest in items such as potty chairs or toilet training seats, so you have the right tools within reach when you figure it’s time.
Begin shopping with Mothercare for your kid’s toilet training needs. Among those that we designed ourselves, you can find potty training seats and chairs sourced from internationally recognised brands such as Bumbo and OXO Tot as well.
Browse and shop online, or visit our Mothercare Experience Stores to view these toilet training chairs and seats in person. If your child is of the right age, you can let them have a feel of a few and select the one they are most comfortable using.
If you’re unsure of which item to purchase, you may engage our Digital Nursery Advisors via WhatsApp for more guidance.
Before your child begins sitting on ordinary toilet seats, you’ll want them to be trained in using them. Since they’re tiny, you can begin them with potty chairs. These are designed to imitate the use of toilet seats, and instil a sense of confidence and familiarity during this transition period. On top of their small build, perfect to accommodate little bottoms, they’re also portable, which means you can place them in the washroom, the nursery or wherever you wish. These toilet training chairs are also made with non-slip materials, providing ultimate safety, while splash guards keep the area clean, and removal cups allow for easy disposal afterwards. If you’re travelling with your baby, the travel potty options on Mothercare are incredibly useful – easily fold the chair legs inwards, fit it into the bag it comes with and pack it into your luggage!
If your child can sit independently and firmly above the toilet bowl, consider soft and comfortable cushioned seats to make the transition a whole lot easier. These toilet training seats come with support handles, so your child can grab onto them for safety. Padded seats deliver extra comfort, important for children who may not find it easy to sit on the hard surfaces of the adult seats.
Let us join your child on this developmental journey, one of the most important ones in their life. Shop online for potty chairs and toilet training seats from our baby bath essentials collection, or visit our stores today! You’ll also find a range of items designed to support your child’s growth – you can begin with our guide to sensory toys and games to stimulate development.
The best time to introduce a potty chair is when your child starts showing signs of readiness. This can happen anywhere between 18 and 24 months of age, but some children may not be ready until they're 3 years old. It's important to remember that every child is different, and there is no need to rush. Starting too early can prolong the toilet training process. Wait for your child to show signs of readiness, and then introduce the potty chair as a tool for them to become familiar with the concept of using the bathroom.
There are a few signs that can imply your child is ready to use the toilet:
• When they have gone for several hours without wetting their diapers: This means they have developed enough bladder control.
• When they are able to follow instructions: This ensures they are able to understand you when you potty train them.
• When they can comprehend simple words such as “potty” or “pee”: These are signs that they’re already acquiring the right vocabulary.
Both potty chairs and seats have their own benefits, and it ultimately depends on the child's age, size, and readiness. Potty chairs suit younger children as they are smaller in size, portable and can be used in different rooms in the house. On the other hand, potty seats are placed on top of an adult toilet, providing a step-up for children to transition to the bigger toilet. Some parents find it helpful to use both, starting with a potty chair and then transitioning to a potty seat as the child grows and becomes ready.