The worst advice for solving potty training problems

When your child has a potty training problem, it often manifests as a particular behaviour. This can look like refusing to sit on the potty or toilet, having tantrums or meltdowns, hiding to pee or poop, insisting on pooping in a nappy rather than the potty,  insisting they don’t need to go when you know that they do or suddenly having multiple accidents despite seeming to understand a week ago.
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When is the right time to start night time potty training?

This is such a frequent question asked in my group Potty Learning Support (from birth to independence). Let’s break down the myths and limiting beliefs that you might have encountered surrounding night time potty training so you can make the right decision for your family.
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Potty training your neurodivergent child: 10 tips for success

What’s the best way to approach potty training a neurodivergent child (with developmental delay, learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorders?) What about children who struggle to communicate or are non-verbal? Should you use a different process or follow mainstream potty training approaches? This blog explores the answers to these important questions. Continue reading

Why connection is the key to solving potty training regression

Did your child master potty training but lately has regressed? Potty training regression is common and is often caused by your child feeling overwhelmed, insecure or needing more attention. Perhaps there was a stressful life event, change or situation that may have preceded the regression. Whatever the cause, the solution lies in connecting with your child. Continue reading

Ask Rebecca: Using a pottytunity to delay bedtime

Your child is telling you she wants to be nappy free at night says Rebecca Mottram.

Dear Rebecca,

My 20-month-old is doing amazingly well with potty training. She’s had several dry days, almost a week of dry naps (2ish hours) I really shouldn’t complain, but… she asks to go several times AFTER we put her to bed. She’ll pee a decent amount before we put on PJs, and then want to go again 20 minutes later. She only ever has a few drops, but she’s so proud. And I’m SO TIRED. She’s still in a diaper for sleep, so she’s not worried about an *accident* really, I think it’s partially a stalling bedtime tactic. I don’t want to tell her to just go in her diaper, but I don’t want to get her up twelve times a night to go, either. It’s affecting her sleep but she still wakes up with the birds, so she’s grumpy. How can I encourage her to hold it without dismissing her instincts?
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