Skip the Potty: How to toilet train without the potty –
Skip the Potty: How to toilet train without the potty

Skip the Potty: How to toilet train without the potty

When most parents think about toilet training, they often think that they need a potty. This is not necessarily true.

I am a mother of two and neither of my children used a potty.

In this article, I am going to share everything that I know about toilet training including the different types of equipment, how to start, where to find the best tools and how to get going.

If you’re curious about how to get started, keep reading.

Table of Contents

What is toilet training?
When to start?
What can I do to prepare for toilet training?
What are the stages of toilet training?
What tools do I need?

What is toilet training?

Toilet training or potty training is the process of training someone, particularly a young child or infant, to use the toilet. There are many ways but how you approach the training is up to you.

When to start?

Many children can show signs of being ready for toilet training between the ages of 18 to 24 months. However, others might not be ready until the age of 3 years old. Your child will be ready when they are ready. Every child is unique and there is no rush.

Tip: Signs that your child may be ready to start

  • Showing Interest in others going to the toilet or copying their behaviour.
  • Being aware of a wet or dirty nappy (pulling at the nappy).
  • Dry nappy after nap times.
  • Hiding when they use their nappy.
  • Having a dry nappy for a long amount of time.

“Save yourself time and skip the potty”

What can I do to prepare for toilet training?

 Snazzy Kid Toilet seat

Step 1 – Prepare your bathroom

The bathroom needs to become accessible to your child. Which means adding a step stool, child size toilet seat, accessible toilet roll, hand soap and towel all need to be ready for an easy transition.

Tip: I tried the seats that sit on top of a normal toilet seat, and it was not successful. When my kids were jumping on and off the seat would move and they did not feel safe and therefore would not use it.

snazzy kid kids step stool

Rainberg Step Stool

Step 2 – Pants

Let your child choose their big girl/big boy’s pants. They can choose their favourite character or animal. This will add to the excitement of their toilet adventures!

Tip: Kids are more inclined to wear clothing if their favourite character is on them. When it comes time to start wearing pants, they will be happy to do so because they chose them and it is a character that they love. 

bambino mio toilet training pants

Bambino Mio Pants

Step 3 – Reward chart/tracker

Having a visual guide or success tracker makes going to the toilet a rewarding experience. They can add the stickers themselves or mark the tracker. Set a goal of 5 or 10 times on the toilet and offer a reward when they reach the finish line.

Tip: Invest in a tracker that can be used again in the future. You could decorate it with their favourite character stickers.

 Snazzy Kid Reward Chart

The Magnet Shop Reward Chart for Children

Step 4 – Lead by example

If you are a parent, you have probably already had a visitor when you use the bathroom. You can start to build the foundations by showing them as well as repeating out loud what is happening. Talk through all the steps needed to use the toilet so they become familiar with the process.

Tip: It is advised by many health professionals to try your child with pants rather than pull up nappies. Some pull ups are very absorbent, and your child needs to feel when they are wet. This helps with the learning process.

What are the stages of toilet training?


Your child will start to tell you or show you that they have a wet nappy. They may pretend to use the toilet, usually with clothes on. They may observe others going to the bathroom. 


You have laid the foundations and your child is showing the signs. Now is the time to start introducing your child to the toilet on a regular basis. Make sure you have no plans that day and get your child excited to wear their big girl/big boy pants.

Some parents like to ask their child if they would like to come along when they use the bathroom. Other parents like to regularly ask their child if they need the toilet. Whatever your preference, just start the conversation.

If you see your child hiding and going to the toilet in their pants, then try and encourage them to come with you to use the toilet.

For example, you could ask them if they want to use the toilet and then choose a sticker for their reward chart.


Any attempt is a step in the right direction. Sitting on the toilet, telling you they need a wee, going to the bathroom and flushing the toilet. It is all part of the process, and you should be praising your child for trying and showing interest. There will be a lot of wet pants before they get to the stage of making it to the toilet in time. Be patient. It is all part of the process.

“Spend less time cleaning”

What tools do I need?

Here are examples of what you will need and where to find them.

Toilet seat

Step Stool

Reward chart


Mattress protector

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You should now have all the information you need to start toilet training your child. Take into consideration all the advantages and disadvantages of using a potty vs going straight to the toilet. There is no right or wrong way, just choose what is right for you and your child. Enjoy the adventure!

 snazzy kid toilet