Potty training from the front line – Was it a success?
4 weeks in, how did we get on with potty training?
Well, to be honest, it’s subjective.
I’ve been p**sed on.
I’ve been shouted at.
The extra steps walking to the toilet all day means I’ve hit my daily step goal on my Fitbit.
And I now have a specialist skill to seek out a public loo as I enter a room.
Lady P is getting it!
She will sit on a potty when I ask her to, and she will wee.
She will ask to go on the toilet first thing in the morning, and will produce the goods.
She has just started to tell me she needs a wee and sometimes she wants to do more than just wash her hands or get a sticker.
So what have we learned…?
Wait until they are ready – there is no point starting too early or they will just reject the idea out of hand. If you are not sure, check this guide out from Dry Like Me for spotting the signs of readiness to potty train.
Prompt, prompt and prompt again – they may be like Lady P and not fully aware of the need to go straight away, so introduce toilet / potty time and keep popping them on to try.
Find a trigger – find Peppa Pig doing a pee, use a potty training game, or just suggest that something fun will happen after they have had a wee. Whatever works, exploit it.
Use friends – if any friends or older siblings are already potty trained, invited them over on playdates to show them the ropes. It’s amazing how much more a toddler will listen to another toddler rather than us ‘grown up’ squares.
Reward – use stickers and reward charts to incentivise any progress.
Pack a lot of spare clothes – for days out or nursery.
Be consistent – ask partners or nursery staff to also follow the same routines.
Carry a potty – Lady P had 2 car park wees and a one at an old manor house last week!
Stay calm – no matter how infuriated you are by yet another accident, try to stay calm, don’t shout at them, and just explain the process again.
Spot patterns – if accidents always occur during mealtimes, pop a nappy on to pre-empt it.
We are not yet nappy-free, but we certainly go through a lot less nappies than we did.
I know that putting a nappy back on may confuse kids, but Lady P knows that she sleeps in a ‘night time’ nappy, and has one on at mealtimes. I am not entertaining daily deep cleans of the highchair, so this is just the way it is going to be.
If we are out and I don’t think she can cope in just knickers, she is allowed a pull up nappy, but I get her to wee on the potty or toilet in the same intervals as if she was at home. Most of the time she will wee, and her nappy is often dry when I try her.
I will carry on with this routine and hope that these good habits we have set in place will lead to her starting to ask for the potty.
Fingers crossed, she will be out of nappies for good but her 2nd birthday!
Will keep you posted 😉
We are taking part in Potty Training Live with Dry Like Me. It’s free to sign up to and starts on Monday 24th July 2016. Sign up at pottytraininglive.com