Different Cultures & Potty Training

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Potty training is one of the most challenging times for parents and caregivers all around the world. It’s a time when caregivers have to overcome a range of challenges and show their child something that up to now has been completely unfamiliar to them. It’s nevertheless an important process that will help children gain independence.

To show you that there’s not necessarily a right or wrong way for potty training your child, we’re going to look at the way in which the potty training process is approached in different countries and cultures around the world, so keep reading to learn more.

Potty Training in Different Countries


Potty training starts very early in Kenya, and it all comes down to the way mothers observe their babies. If they observe that the baby is soon going to need the toilet, they place them over a toilet or potty to mimic the use of a toilet, even when they’re too young to do this themselves. It gets them used to the physical action of using the toilet from a very young age.


When toilet training begins in Vietnam, parents rarely use nappies. Even earlier than that, many Vietnamese parents don’t use nappies at all. Similar to in Kenya, they use potties for urination from an early age by getting to know the times and signs that tell them their babies need to go to the toilet.


In China, traditionally one of the most creative ways in which toddlers are potty trained is via the use of special pants with a gap in the back and a slit in the front known as the ‘Kai Dang Ku’ or as known in English ‘split crotch pants’. This allows the child to very easily squat over a potty whenever nature calls. It makes it a more independent and intuitive process for the child, meaning trousers and underwear don’t need to be removed. Although this was traditionally the go-to potty training method, as society becomes increasingly aware of sanitation and hygiene, the ‘Kai Dang Ku’ is now frowned upon in some Chinese cities.


The potty and toilet training trends in the USA are heading in a very different direction. According to a study carried out by the American Family Physician the age at which children are potty trained is actually getting older, which is very different to the countries and cultures discussed above. In addition to this, in the UK, potty training is also likely to begin a little later than other countries around the world with the NHS stating that most toddlers commence potty training between 2 - 2.5 years old.


Children in Turkey tend to be younger when it comes to the time at which toilet and potty training begins. However, it appears that higher income parents tend to delay potty training longer whereas lower income families train the little ones to use the potty earlier.

Every Potty Training Journey Is Unique

As you can see, there are many ways in which potty training takes place around the world. There’s no single way of getting it right, and this should show you that the methods of potty training that you’ve been taught are not necessarily the only ones that you can use when potty training your child. 

If you like to travel and go on holiday  and are likely to need a travel potty, Pottiagogo is the perfect solution. It’s easy to transport design and biodegradable liners makes it perfect for a hygienic and sanitary potty solution no matter where you are in the world. 

Related blog: Top 10 Potty Training Tips

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