It’s tempting to start early but if your toddler is not on board then your attempt will be doomed to failure. Once they can tell you when their nappy is wet and show an interest then you’re one step ahead.
You don’t need many props. A potty, obviously, although a toddler sized child seat saves a whole lot of cleaning up. The Potette Plus travel potty is great because not only is it a seat but it folds out to become a portable potty – with liners – for when you’re out and about. And boys love character urinals – the duck is a big hit. Get them to choose their own pants so they feel involved.
As hard as it is, for the first three days we stayed at home so there were no distractions. On day one we went every 15 minutes, then 30 minutes then an hour, then waited for the toddler to ask.
It’s ok to fail. It’s how they learn. Arm yourself with dettox, wipes and a smile. And prepare for the potty training regression – around three months after you think they’ve cracked it! Like everything it’s just a phase and they will get there.