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My toddler pees on the floor during 'nappy free' time. What can I do?

Simply going without a nappy will not help to potty train your child until they are developmentally capable. Many parents believe that allowing their toddler to go bare bottomed will somehow speed up the potty training process. Unfortunately, this does not work. A child must be mentally ready to start potty training. This means that they must be able to recognise the sensation of a full bladder and they must be capable of getting to the potty before there is an accident.

So, how do you know when your child is ready to start potty training? Watch for the signs. When a toddler is ready to start potty training, they will squirm when they have to go. This is a sign that they are holding their urine and can control it. This is the time that you want to start potty training. Before this connection is made, removing their nappy will only confuse them. Your toddler may feel the need to urinate, but doesn’t know what to do about it. You have to start by slowly introducing your toddler to the potty and making sure that they understand its purpose. And never scold your toddler for an accident. Doing so will only cause potty time to be a point of contention, that will ultimately delay potty training success.

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