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Potty Trainer Seats In Hong Kong: Complete Potty Training Guide And Checklist

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Potty training a child is often much-dreaded, but it is one of life’s necessities! We’ve got tips on which potty to buy, potty trainer pants, toilet training accessories and more. Find out how and when to potty train your tots, plus, save your own free potty training downloadable. Here’s your complete rundown on potty training in Hong Kong.

It’s time for some toilet talk! Potty training is an important parenting rite of passage. It can lead to greater independence for your child, allow them to meet basic requirements for school entry, give your family more freedom and less travel hassle. It is, of course, so much more environmentally friendly which we’re sure even cloth-diapering mums will agree that it’s a great relief to cross the nappy stage!

But it’s important to ensure that you are all prepared for the nappy-to-potty transition. This guide will help you decide whether your child and family are ready for toilet training, look at possible potty training approaches, as well as offering the tools of the trade that worked for us Sassy Mamas. Don’t forget to save your toilet training downloadable checklist as well.

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Is Your Child Ready To Be Potty Trained?
Potty Training Methods
Potty Training Resources: Potty, Potty Training Pants And Potty Seat Trainers In Hong Kong
Potty Training Books, Songs And Free Downloadable Checklist

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Is Your Child Ready To Be Potty Trained?

As parents, we know that all children develop at their own pace and there’s no need to rush them before they are mature enough to be toilet trained. Before you start, it’s important to see if your toilet ninja meets these criteria:

  • Your child is at least two years old (don’t stress if your child is older) or is as mature as an average 2-year-old.
  • Your child can go for a few hours at a time in the day when they are dry.
  • Your little one is familiar with relevant language such as “potty,” “toilet,” “underpants” etc. Keep the words you use consistent and make sure you’re comfortable saying them in public.
  • Your child is capable of pulling their pants up and down, either independently or with minimal assistance (depending on the clothing).
  • Your child can follow simple one-step instructions without difficulty, such as “come here,” and “sit down.”
  • Your child should show awareness of the need to use the toilet after soiling a nappy. For instance, they may point to the nappy, hide behind a curtain when they poop (yep, that’s a thing in our house), ask to be changed or even take your hand and lead you to the changing area.
  • Your little one should understand the concept of what the toilet is used for. Teach this by modelling or reading books to your child about going to the toilet.

If your child seems to have difficulty with any of these skills, talk to a paediatrician before beginning potty training.

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Is Your Family Ready For Potty Training?

Even if you can’t wait to ditch the diapers, you need to cross the following things off your own checklist as well:

  • Make sure there are no stressful events taking place or coming up in the near future (such as moving house, changing helpers, etc.).
  • Ensure you are ready to commit to this transition and will have the time to be consistent and patient with your child.
  • Make sure everyone in the home is in on the plan (including domestic helpers, nannies and grandparents) and knows what to do when accidents happen.
  • Purchase a potty chair, potty stool or toilet seat adapter, so your child’s feet touch the floor for support (we’ve listed some options below).
  • Keep all the rewards and incentives you need on hand. This can be toys, stickers, snacks, games, etc.
  • It is important to toilet train children in big kid underwear and/or training pants. Getting your child to pick out new underpants can make this process more fun and something to look forward to.
  • Be prepared! Read books or watch DVDs to learn more about the ways and means to potty train your little one.

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Potty Training Methods

There are many ways to potty train your child, but most broadly fall into two categories:

  1. Slow and steady potty training
  2. Or intensive potty training

Slow And Steady Potty Training

Some of the more well-known techniques that believe in taking it slow are the Brazelton, the No-Cry and Dr Barton Schmidt’s methods. Here are some pointers to get you started:

  • Take your child to the bathroom with you so they can learn how it’s done from an expert. This often happens quite naturally in a preschool or Montessori environment.
  • Have your child practice sitting on their new potty or potty chair. Pretend practice with clothes on can help familiarise your child with the concept of a potty, flushing and washing their hands through books and songs (see below).
  • Praise your child and show excitement when they sit on the potty. Gradually, start going without nappies at home for some period of time through the day.
  • Next, have a potty schedule. Get your child to sit regularly on the potty throughout the day to provide lots of chances for them to use it properly. This could be each time he or she wakes up, before an afternoon nap etc.
  • Have your child sit on the potty even if they say they don’t need to “go” because sometimes children don’t recognise the urge until they are relaxed and not distracted by other things (e.g. playing or watching TV).
  • Don’t force them to keep sitting down for an extended time though. It may create resentment.
  • Make sure to praise your kids each time he or she pees or poops in the toilet. Once your child is used to the idea of the potty, there will be more acceptance about using it. You can use special rewards for encouragement as well.
  • Even if your child takes a poop in his or her diaper or underwear, if you are at home, make sure to drop it into the toilet bowl and flush it down to reinforce the point that it belongs in the toilet.

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Intensive Potty Training

If regular toilet training is not successful, you can try a more intensive method like the weekend fast-track. The fast-track potty training technique has been popularised by the Azrin-Foxx method and in Jamie Glowacki’s aptly-named book, “Oh Crap! Potty Training“.

Some children may require intensive toilet training for a number of reasons (e.g. family convenience, urgency due to school entrance deadlines etc.). For this process, it is helpful to keep kids “pants-free”, wearing underpants and a top only at home for the weekend.

  • First, choose a weekend or a few days when the family can devote your full time and energy at home to potty training.
  • Next, ditch the nappies!
  • Increase fluids by giving your child at least one cup of 
liquid every hour. Consider varying the beverage so your child will continue to want to drink. This is a way of creating a predictable pattern of peeing.
  • Begin reminding your child to use the potty every 15 minutes and taking them to sit on it. This will help your child learn to self-initiate and recognise the need to go. As your child learns to request the potty and urinate with more independence, you can spread out the time between sits/reminders (15, 30, 45, 60 minutes).
  • Do “pant checks” (dry pants vs. wet pants) at the same time you give the reminder.
    If your child is dry, give praise for the accomplishment (for example, “Great job, you still have dry pants!”).
    If they are wet don’t scold your child
    ! Just follow through with the compulsory toilet sit and then clean up the accident.
  • Don’t have lengthy discussions about the accident, just move on. Instead, focus your attention on positive accomplishments.
  • It is important to give enough fibre to help your toddler poop. Constipation can seriously reverse potty training progress. If you follow a certain pattern, say fruits in the morning, there may be some predictability in your little one’s bowel movements as well.
  • Each time they sit on the toilet, praise your child for listening. Remember, this is not necessarily fun for them either! Provide a small treat or time with a preferred toy each time they urinate or have a bowel movement in the potty. When your child self-initiates and uses the toilet, make an even bigger deal out of it because it is cause for celebration! Have something special planned for when this happens (keep new toys, books, stickers, etc. ready for these occasions).
  • By the end of the weekend, you should be giving reminders and having toilet sits every 1 to 2 hours.

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Potty Training Resources: Potty, Potty Training Pants And Potty Seat Trainers In Hong Kong

It’s fair to say that we are potty training pros in the Sassy Mama office (well, we’ve been through it enough times between us at least!). To help you on your quest to dry bottoms, we asked around the team for recommendations on the best tools of the trade to help with toilet training. These potty’s and potty training accessories will help to get your little one toilet trained in no time!

Potty Seats And Potty Chairs in Hong Kong – Go-to options to get you started

BabyBjörn Potty Chair, $329. Available at BabyBjörn, Petit Tippi, Baby Central and Mothercare.

Bumbo Step N Potty, $359.10. Available at Baby Central.

Mothercare Potty, $69. Available at Mothercare.

LOCKIG Children’s potty, $99.9 Available at Ikea.

Liewood Jonatan Potty, $232.40. Available at Smallable.

Portable Potty In Hong Kong – Perfect for potty training on-the-go

Mommy’s Helper Cushie Traveler Folding Padded Potty Seat, $89.10 to $139. Available at Baby Central and Mothercare.

Folding Travel Potty Seat (Portable Toilet Seat), $90.12. Available at Pat Pat.

Parents League Potette Plus 2-in-1 Portable Potty, $149. Available at Mothercare and Baby Central.

Sassy Mama Story: When her babies were little, Sassy Mama Editor Anita never travelled without their Potette Plus. Even on long flights and road trips, she didn’t need to switch her kids back into diapers and they learnt to get comfortable with toilets outside the house. It was then passed on to Sassy Mama Editor Alex who’s daughter has definitely used it alfresco when out and about in the city. (When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go…)

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Novelty Potty And Potty Training For Boys – Because Potty training should be fun!

Foryee Frog Potty Training Urinal With Aiming Target, $14.99 USD. Available on Amazon.

Babi Portable Urinal for Toddler, $138. Available at Baby Online.

Potty Training Flushable Dinosaur Targets (100% Biodegradable and Sewage Safe), $9.99 USD. Available on Amazon.

Summer Infant My Size Potty, $299 up (pictured above). Available at Baby CentralBaby Online and Mothercare.

Sassy Mama Story: Another Sassy Mama and her daughter love the Summer miniature toilet, especially because of the real-life flushing sound the handle makes. Quite a treat for toilet success! It makes for a fun talking point at playdates, too.

Toddler Toilet Seats And Toilet Trainers In Hong Kong – Graduating to the big-toilet leagues

Mothercare Comfi Trainer Seat, $149 to $199. Available at Mothercare or in-store for the pink butterflies or blue car options. (One Sassy Toddler has the former and it’s a big hit).

TOSSIG Toilet seat, $79.90. Available at Ikea.

Luma Child’s Toilet Seat, $133. Available at Smallable.

Beaba Toilet Trainer Seat, $189. Available at Mothercare and Fortress.

Toilet Foot Stools – Getting up to that training seat isn’t easy when you’re little

FÖRSIKTIG Children’s Stool, $39.90. Available at Ikea.

OXO Tot Step Stool, $197.10. Available at Baby Central.

KONGES SLOJD Wooden Step Stool, $631. Available at Smallable.

BabyBjörn Step Stool, $199. Available at BabyBjörn and Baby Central.

Reusable Potty Training Pants In Hong Kong

Thirsties Trainer Pants, $235. Available at Petit Tippi.

AppleCheeks Bamboo Learning Pants, $180. Available at Petit Tippi.

Bambino Mio Training Pants, $49.50. Available at Baby Central.

Charlie Banana 2-in-1 Swim Diaper & Training Pants, $107.10. Available at Baby Central and Petit Tippi.

Huggies Drynites Pyjama Pants, $109. Available for girls and boys at Baby Central.

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Potty Training Books, Songs And Free Downloadable Checklist

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Potty Training Books In Hong Kong

Sassy Mama number peach 1Once Upon A Potty – Girl and Once Upon A Potty –Boy (the illustrations are bound to make your cheeky toddler giggle!) 

Sassy Mama number peach 2On My Potty (a humorous look at a toddler’s thoughts while debating using the big kid’s toilet)

Sassy Mama number peach 3Thomas & Friends: My Thomas Potty Book (your child will love the stickers – Sassy Mama Elle says it’s a sure-fire way of getting her little one to use the toilet!)

Potty Training Songs And Videos

Sassy Mama number peach 1Cocomelon Potty Training Song – Because everything Cocomelon just works for children!

Sassy Mama number peach 2Little Baby Bum Potty Song – Rather basic but effective.

Sassy Mama number peach 3Daniel Tiger When You Have To Go – All kids find it difficult to stop playing and making their way to the toilet. This video will help them understand why it’s important to.

Well Done! You’re A Certified Potty Trainer

The most important thing to remember throughout this phase is just how much your child values your attention! Learning any new skill takes time, practice and positive feedback, so stay calm, be patient and keep your sense of humour!

One of the Sassy Mamas in the office successfully potty-trained her sensitive daughter (who was afraid of sitting on the pot) by concocting an elaborate story about poop wanting to be flushed down the toilet to meet its poop parents (innovative & effective!).

Even after your toddler has learned to use the toilet, you may want to consider keeping the nappies on at night for a while longer. Children take longer to be consistently dry at night vs. during the day. If you are not seeing progress, or your child experiences unusual or unexpected reactions, stop the training and contact a professional (physician, paediatric psychologist, etc.) right away. More often than not, the complication can be easily addressed and your family can be back on track in no time!

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Potty Training Checklist

Keep this checklist in mind when you and your baby decide to take this big step! Click on the image to download and save.

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Read more: The Stages Of Child Development And Signs To Watch Out For

Editor’s note: This article was originally written by Dr Rebecca Dogan on 17, September 2014, updated in July 2021 by Anita Balagopalan, and most recently updated in June 2022 by Alex Purcell Garcia. 

This post contains affiliate links and we may earn a small commission upon purchase.  Main image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Getty Images, image 2 courtesy of Getty Images, image 3 courtesy of Zooey Chan via Unsplash, image 4 courtesy of Baby Central, image 5 courtesy of Amazon, image 6 courtesy of Book Depository, image 7 by Sassy Media Group with illustrations from Getty Images.

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