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Savvy Mum Potty-Training Son Reveals £28 B&Q Hack That Ended Accidents

September 15, 2020, 12:00 PM
  • Joanne Buckley, 42, has been potty-training her two-year-old
  • After some accidents on the carpet, she needed another solution
  • The answer lay in colourful £28 B&Q floor tiles

Parents trying to potty train their kids will be only too aware of the trials of the process.

But one mum found an amazing hack to prevent damage to carpets and educate her kids at the same time - and it cost her just £28.

Joanne Buckley, a 42-year-old mum of two from the West Midlands, has been potty training her son, Cameron, two.

Cameron was doing brilliantly with his potty training, but had a few accidents on the bedroom carpet, leaving Joanne trying to find an alternative solution.

Joanne pulled up the carpet, found ten packs of flooring from B&Q for £2.80 each and replaced the flooring - and Cameron hasn’t had any potty training accidents since.

Joanne told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "Cameron is nearly three and has been fantastic at potty training, however a few accidents have occurred and some of those were on his old bedroom carpet!

"Despite trying to clean it, the smell alone made me take it up along with the lino, so it was bare floorboards with rug until I could afford an alternative.

"I was in B&Q just browsing as lockdown has been hard and decorating really helps with my mental health as I suffer from bad anxiety.

"I saw the floor tiles half-price and I was drawn to their bright colour! I wasn't sure if it would work as flooring but for £2.80 per pack it was worth a try.

"I bought ten packs and was hoping it would be enough.

"I made sure the floor was all clear and I literally got some scissors and started in the top corner. It's super easy to cut and very plyable as foam.

"I did consider using PVA to stick down but it was fitting together really well and tightly. I also was aware that if there were any future accidents I wanted to be able to remove a tile and replace it or even wash it.”

Joanne’s £28 B&Q hack did the trick, and there haven’t been any toilet training accidents at all since she introduced the new flooring to her home.

"The end result was amazing,” she explains. "I was so happy with it and my little boy even more so, saying ‘wow, mummy, cool!’

“It's also educational, helping him with his colours, and he places his animals on the squares that represent blue for water for his sharks!

"Cameron won't let his little brother Oliver in his room anymore - he is super proud of it. Plus no accidents at all since it's been down either!”

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Potty-training is never an easy process for families and accidents are inevitable.

“However, if your flooring is cheap, easy to replace and wipe-clean, it makes the prospect of accidents a lot less daunting!

“Joanne’s amazing B&Q trick is super affordable, fun for kids to look at and play on, and is perfectly accident-proof: a great hack for potty-training parents!"

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traci86a year ago

I have used wooden style of these in my hall and kitchen diner. They are easy to lay and easy to keep clean. I got more for my kids bedrooms in different colours. Going to have my whole house in these soon. They are warm underfoot. And safe for rowdy children running around.

traci86a year ago

I love all the different colours used.

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