So we have reached that point again in my 2nd go at this thing called parenting where we need to say goodbye to the nappies and hello to the toilet. Charley turned 2 last month and even though I would happily carry on being Aldi’s Nappies No1 ambassador we need to give this a proper go. I would definitely say that I am no expert in this area as Harry was a total nightmare and I can still be found in a corner, rocking, remembering the time he released his bowels all over our dear friends cream carpet. I have read many ‘parenting experts’ websites ( Isn’t it funny how parenting experts never have children ?? ) about the right technique to use but they all contradict each other. So what is a girl to do? Remove the nappies, stay locked up in the house and keep the Dettol close at hand or use pull-ups, hope she asks when she needs the loo and be in it for the long run?
Well when you have a network of over 200 parenting bloggers who have been there, cleaned up the shit & wrote the blog, you ask a few of them to chip in with 2p’s worth. So here’s a selection of hints, tips & disaster stories to keep you amused.
💩No pull-ups ! And be prepared to stop anywhere for a wee & it will take another year-ish for poo on the toilet!
💩We used a sticker chart. When my daughter reached a certain number, she received some chocolate. The only problem was, she kept having the smallest wee’s just so she could have her reward. I wasn’t keen on introducing a measuring cup though! www.householdmoneysaving.com
💩It took us nearly 4 months to ‘crack it’. To get him dry for more than 4 days in a row we came up with a good bribe.Stay dry (days only) for 10 days in a row and he could pick whatever he wanted from the toy shop. It took about 6 try’s (we’d get to about day 5 before an accident) but he did it and it really helped him understand that being dry is way more fun. The best funny story was when story Small shouted from the bathroom ‘I did it all by myself mummy’
We ran in excited to cheer him on and we were greeted with poo smeared all over the toilet (but not in it!) and a flood of wee.A memory we shall never forget.sineadlatham.com
💩Don’t even attempt it until you are absolutely sure they are ready. We tried several times, way too early with my little girl and all it did was put her off. I think she became scared of weeing anywhere other than her nappy. When we started potty training I let my little girl pick out her own knickers so she was proud of wearing them and didn’t want to get them wet x
💩We never did the potty, we just went straight to the toilet and that worked for us. I always thought that using the potty was just an added obstacle. Although I do recommend getting one of those children seats you pop on top of the toilet, we’ve had a few incidents where we’ve nearly lost a child down the U-bend!! fivelittledoves.com
💩My son was potty trained when he was ready which was around 2 years 9 months. We tried earlier but he kept wetting himself and I could tell that he just wasn’t quite there. Once he was in the right place he could speak much better and communicate to us what he needed. He also preferred the toilet to the potty which was much better for keeping everything clean too. He has only had a couple of accidents in the day when he hasn’t thought about going and only one at night when he was ill once. He is now almost 4 and I would say to anybody do not let others make you think that 2 is the magic number for training them… I don’t even know where this age came from for this?! They will do it when they are ready and they will do it much more smoothly if they are showing you the signs too. emmareed.net
💩Avoid DIY shops at all costs when potty training! I still have flashbacks of my son trying to do a big boy pee pee on the display toilet in B&Q to the amusement of fellow shoppers and the horror of the staff!
Que paper towels, red cheeks, and quick escapes!
💩I went cold turkey with my three, straight to pants and just a nappy at night time. Messy few days then they got it quickly. As for a comedy story, the first time my eldest did a standing up wee by a tree in the park turned out he actually needed a poo and pooed all over my shoes! Luckily we were close to home. sneakyveg.com
💩We practice baby-led in our house so we waited until Leo was ready and asked to go to the toilet/potty instead of springing it on him. We would drop subtle hints saying how its very grown up to use the toilet etc and he then decided he wanted to do it himself. He cracked it in a few days because he was ready. rawchildhood.co.uk
💩Timing is EVERYTHING! My eldest was 2 1/2 years old and my youngest was 2 years 10 months. Don’t rush them into it. With my youngest, we tried at Easter and it was 4 days of hell, accidents every time and no one was enjoying it. She just didn’t get it! Don’t be afraid to stop! Fast forward 2 months and she was dry in 3 days and we’ve not had an accident since. It just clicked this time and she missed out the potty stage. Don’t feel the pressure to get it done, there is no right age. It’s when your child is ready. By waiting my girls were dry day and night within a few days. dearbearandbeany.com
Thanks to everyone who gave their advice and if you can all say a little pee-pee prayer for me that this transition will be quick and painless ( you can only hope ).
If you have any ‘real life ‘ advice or funny stories then do feel free to leave your comments below.💩