Potty training from the front line – Taking the nappy off
OK, it’s here – the week we take the nappy off.
Getting ready to potty train has been fairly painless so far.
I dug out the potty, worked out how to stop the toilet seat from moving about, and stocked up on pants and Dry Like Me pads.
I am pretty sure she is ready to try – especially as she will quite happily sit on the potty and loves her new Peppa Pig pants.
Perhaps a little too much when they also became her new headwear. What can I say? She really is a trendsetter.
So once I had shown her which ‘end’ the big girl pants were supposed to be worn, it was time to go for it.
I realise that Lady P is still younger than the average child to potty train, so I was expecting a bit of a bumpy ride, but I figured I have committed to Potty Training Live now so time to give it a go.
We’re taking the nappy off…
We got up as usual, I gave her her milk and told her that once she had finished it, we were going to get dressed and put her big pants on.
She totally bought into this, telling me “no mo’ nappies, Mummy”.
I’d like to think she meant it in a kind of ‘mo money, mo problems’ gangster kind of way. Eat your heart out Biggy.
I placed the pads into her pants, which she seemed genuinely excited about, and I prompted her to sit on the potty every few minutes when I could see she wanted to go.
Unfortunately, she didn’t quite make it a few times and had little accidents, but I have to say, the potty training pads helped massively to catch the wee.
When a friend and her son came over, I ditched the pants and let her run around with her bottom half out trying to catch her before the puddles appeared.
The day was much the same and I started to think that perhaps it was a bit early, but then as if by magic, she did a wee (in her potty behind the curtain).
Woo hooooo! High-fives and stickers all around!
We followed the routine of wee down the toilet, saying ‘bye bye’ to it and washing hands.
I popped her in a nappy for bed and off she went.
The rest of the week has been a bit hit and miss to be honest.
Nursery days – I know… Not ideal, right? She woke with a dryish nappy and did a wee on the potty. On the first day, I explained to her and the nursery that she had started potty training but they’d called me at 10.30am to say she had had 6 accidents and was on her last pair of pants. I didn’t like the thought of her weeing and didn’t want her to get a bad connection to it, so I said they could put a pull up on her but asked them to keep trying all day.
I realise that this would confuse her a bit but thought it was the only thing I could do for those days. It’s a new nursery because we have just moved house, so I think she’s going to take a bit more time to know the girls well enough to ask for the potty.
At home – I continued to try to do the routine. We had a good stretch of 4 days with no nursery so I tried to make headway in order to get her used to it. Lots of being asked for ‘potty time’, rewarding her with stickers, pants and pads on as well as naked time too, and making a bit fuss if she tried.
What have I learned so far?
- I probably started on the wrong day. I should have started it as the beginning of our 4 days at home together rather than on days that are broken up with nursery.
- Putting a nappy back on is confusing.
- Activities on the potty or toilet are the way forward. Lady P loves reading, so we have spent a long time letting her do that whilst trying, just to keep her there long enough.
- Lots of drinks. Not only to keep her hydrated in the warmer weather, I’ve been offering more drinks in the hope that she needs to go more often!
- Watching TV shows to do with toilet training. This episode of ‘My First Potty‘ is on loop at the moment. As is our new song…
Tinkle tinkle, little wee wee. Penelope wants you in the potty.
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