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When to Start Potty Training

Every child is unique and there's no right or wrong age to start potty training. It's important to remember not to compare your child to others!

Potty training will be more effective if your child is ready. Usually that's when they reach 2-3 years old, but some children show signs of readiness earlier or later.

Answer these questions and we'll tell you if you're ready to start potty training:

  • Is your child hiding whilst having a wee or poo in their nappy?
  • Is your child verbally telling you they're having a wee or poo?
  • Is your child dry for 1-2 hours at a time?¬†
  • Can your child follow simple instructions?¬†
  • Can your child pull their pants up and down?
  • Is your child interested in the toilet or potty?
  • Is your child asking¬†to wear 'big underwear'?¬†

If you answered yes to most of these questions: sounds like your little one is ready and you can start thinking and talking to them about potty training!

If you answered no to most of these questions: hold off for a few weeks, sounds like your little one needs a bit more time. If you're desperate to get them potty trained, you can still succeed at this stage but it will probably take longer and they'll have more accidents. 

Now you've decided if your little one is ready... are you ready too?

Do you have the time and patience to potty train right now? If there's a lot going on in your life right now, like a new house, new sibling, starting nursery etc it's best to hold off until everything settles.

Patience is the key to success. There's about to be a lot of accidents and it's crucial to offer continued, non-judgemental support and encouragement to your little one. Frustration from you can discourage and upset your child, causing regression and refusal to potty train.

If warmer weather(link to potty training in summer blog post) is just around the corner, you might want to wait as there's less washing and cleaning to do once the weather warms up! 

If you've decided that you and your little one are ready to tackle potty training, prepare well before you start by stocking up on underwear, potties and PeapodMats to protect your home!

Don't forget to read our informative blog post on "How to start potty training" and good luck!

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One major flaw

I bought this mat for my 3 year old as we are training to go through the night with no nappy. It performs well and does keep the underlying sheets dry. It’s also pretty good at not moving around while sleeping. However, there is one major flaw …. It says in the instructions that tumble drying is not recommended and it takes FOREVER to dry once washed. So, if I wash it in the morning (following an accident) it’s at least two nights later before I can put it back on the bed! It’s way too pricey to have 2!

Thank you for your review, Mrs D! We're so happy to hear that PeapodMat works so well for your 3 year old! PeapodMats were created for easy everyday use and they're perfectly suitable for tumble dryers. You can care for your PeapodMat in the same way you would care for your regular towels. Hope this helps but please drop us a line at if you have any questions. Team JOIZI

Good alternative

I bought the medium size for a single bed and it is a good enough size. It's not a soft as I thought it would be although I have had no complaints from my kids. They are completely waterproof no leakages so far. Only downside is without a tumble dryer they take at least 12 hours to dry.

Hi SS,
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we really appreciate it! We're glad to read that PeapodMats work well for your kids!
You might want to put your PeapodMat for an extra spin cycle after the wash - this could help with the drying.
Hope this helps but please drop us an email at if you have any questions.
Kind regards,

Couldn't do without

Brilliant idea, I'm tired of washing sheets every night, this protects the bed and stays in place.

Hello Eve,
We're happy to hear that PeapodMats protects your bed and stays in place!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,

Pink pea pod

Very fast delivery! Well packaged and great product package!
Little granddaughter loves the colour and her big girl sheet is helping her to move from nighttime nappies to dry all night every night,and in the first week of using her pea pod she has only had one‚Äėaccident‚Äô and the pea pod lived up to its name and kept the rest of her bed lovely and dry - no leakage or anything not even the duvet cover! Excellent product. Thank you!

We're delighted to hear that your granddaughter loves the colour of her PeapodMat and that it helps her to move from night-time nappies to being dry every night!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,

PeapodMat | Size: Medium
Debbie McNaught
Fit for purpose

This has be a great addition to supporting my father and it makes changing the bed easy as it’s only this that needs changing not the whole bed. Although a bit expensive it was worth it

Hello Debbie,
It's great to hear that PeapodMat makes changing the bed easy!
Thank you for your feedback and all the best,