When your little one starts showing signs of potty training readiness, it’s time to get started.

First, lay the groundwork for potty training by talking to your child. Let them know that everyone has to wee and poo sometimes, and help them understand what it feels like when you have to go and what to do about it.

Then it’s time to leave nappies behind. This is an important step as it gives your toddler a clear signal that they're a big kid and don’t need nappies anymore. It’s a big milestone on their journey to discovering their independence; it’s all about striking the right balance between encouraging your child to try things for themselves and protecting them from feeling worried or upset if things go wrong.

With this in mind, Huggies® Pull-Ups® are designed to help children potty train with confidence. Each feature promotes independence while also protecting against accidents. Our range of unique Disney graphics gives little learners the opportunity to choose for themselves, and their slim and stretchy design means they’re easy to pull up and down.

Together with your support and encouragement, your toddler’s confidence will flourish as they take an important step towards becoming a big kid.

Heather Wittenberg

How to use Huggies® Pull-Ups® to master this stage

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Our underwear design with Disney© graphics helps little ones say goodbye to nappies.

Everything you need to get started

Download our list of potty training essentials and
take it with you to the supermarket – you will find
all your potty training essentials in the baby aisle.

  • Potty or toilet training seat
  • Huggies® Pull-Ups® Day Time
  • Huggies® Pull-Ups® Night Time
  • Big Kid pants
  • Rewards such as stickers and toys
  • Children’s potty training books
  • A few intriguing, new bathroom-only toys
    for use while waiting on the potty

You might want to check you have:

  • Handwash
  • Andrex® Gentle Clean Washlets
    (flushable toilet tissue wipes)

How to get little ones excited about potty training

Create excitement and foster their independence by encouraging them to make some
decisions about the challenge ahead. Here are some fun ways to do this:

Shopping trip

Shopping trip Shopping trip icon

Take a special shopping trip Shop together for bits you’ll need, like a potty and some Huggies® Pull-Ups®- don’t forget your shopping list!

Tell your nursery

Tell your nursery Tell your nursery

Talk about potty training with your nursery school teacher and find out what the situation is at school. They usually have great suggestions, too.

Discovering other potties

Discovering other potties Discovering other potties

Show your little one that there is more than one potty – at granny’s, in a restaurant, in the bathroom! This helps them go potty whenever and wherever they need.

Potty partners

Potty partners Potty partners

Share your potty training plan with your friends, family and babysitter so you’re all on the same page.

Get creative!

Get creative! Get creative!

Get creative. Let them take ownership of their potty by personalising it with stickers.

Let them choose

Let them choose Let them choose

Introduce them to Huggies® Pull-Ups®. Show them their new training pants and let them choose which ones to wear.

The Right Balance
The Right Balance

The Right Balance

Potty training is a key development stage for your child as they learn independence
for the first time. Potty training with Huggies® Pull-Ups® is the perfect stepping
stone for your little one, allowing them to gain their autonomy as a big kid, whilst
still providing them with the absorbent support they need.

Great tools and games to get you started

All the tools you need for Step 2

Big Kid Resolution
Big Kid Resolution
Big Kid Drawer
Big Kid Drawer
Bye Bye Nappies Game
Bye Bye Nappies Game
Find out more...

Click on the links below for everything you need to know to say goodbye to nappies.

Invite Them To The Loo
Bringing your child Into the loo

One of the most powerful ways children learn potty training is by observation. So don’t be shy about inviting your child in to see how you use the toilet. Be matter-of-fact about how it all works, answer any questions, and talk about how good it feels to get all the wee and poo out of our bodies.

Dads, unless you have a urinal in your home, we don’t recommend having your son stand to wee until he’s older. Standing up takes considerably more coordination and skill than weeing while seated. And weeing and pooing often happens at the same time, so if he’s already sitting down, you might just get lucky.

Older, already potty-trained siblings and cousins can be good role models, too. They can show the potty trainee how they use the potty, and how to flush and wash hands. Just be sure to supervise the big kid if they are helping the little kid to ensure hygiene procedures are being followed.

By the way, don’t worry if there isn’t a same-sex parent in the home to help your little one learn how to use the potty. Matching equipment doesn’t matter nearly as much as your child’s readiness — and your partnership with your child. Your positive, supportive attitude is all that it takes. If you’ve been changing your child’s nappies all along, this is just the next step in the process.

Make Sure The Bathroom Is Ready
Preparing the loo

Now that you’re ready to begin potty training, it’s time to prep the loo! Some families use a little child-size potty, while others opt for a potty insert for the toilet. If you choose the insert, be sure to create a safe environment with a sturdy step stool. You may need to experiment to see which works best for your little learner.

Here’s what else you’ll need:

  • A stash of Huggies® Pull-Ups® at the ready.
  • Andrex® Gentle Clean Washlets (flushable)
  • Place a foamy soap dispenser by the sink. Kids this age love trying new scents and colours of soap, so buy a few options to encourage hand washing.
  • A canister of surface disinfecting wipes. Potty training can be a bit messy, it’s true, but you’ll be ready! Stash these wipes up high out of children’s reach since they contain stronger ingredients.
  • Place the potty training progress chart at your child’s height.
  • Make sure you and your child have a read of the clean routine so they are aware of the steps to use to feel cleaner and fresher.
  • A basket filled with potty-themed books and a couple of new, bathroom-only toys. Sometimes there will be a wait whilst sitting on the potty, and it can help to have a few distractions to keep a busy toddler on the “throne” for a few minutes.
Warm Ups
Dressing for success

They may look cute, but not all toddler clothes are helpful when potty training, in fact some make it almost impossible! It’s time to set aside the dungarees in favour of some super practical outfits!

Buck the trends

It may be fashionable but if it’s not easy to take off or pull up and down, then it’s a definite no-no during potty training. Parents and experts agree that tracksuit pants or trousers and shorts with elasticated waists are the perfect choice, while little girls will find dresses and skirts convenient.

Easy does it

Wearing clothes that can be easily dropped to the ankles or kicked off completely so the knees can be spread apart makes weeing much easier and more comfortable. Tights are the trickiest to take off, and little girls rarely push them down far enough when going to the bathroom, so these are best avoided.

Less is best

In the early stages of potty training, it’s best for little ones to wear as little clothing as possible for most of the day or for a few hours in the morning, giving them one less thing to think about.

Practice first

As children are used to having a little help when dressing, it’s a good idea to help them practice how to pull down clothes for potty time. Children will be more willing to go to the potty or toilet if they feel confident about undressing.

Be prepared

Accidents will happen, so be prepared. Keep one or two extra outfits and a stash of Huggies® Pull-Ups® Training Pants to hand, especially when you’re out and about.

Wardrobe no-nos:

  • Dungarees/overalls 
  • All-in-ones 
  • Singlets or T-shirts that do up under the crotch 
  • Hand-wash items or anything marked 'dry-clean only' 
  • Tights

Best dressed:

  • Stretchy leggings 
  • Trousers or shorts with an elasticated waist 
  • Skirts and dresses 
  • Huggies® Pull-Ups® potty training pants