Let’s get this ‘potty’ started…

So recently I’ve started started potty training with my 2 year old daughter and I thought it share our journey so far with fellow mummy’s and daddy’s around the world. I just want to mention I’m by no means an expert, I’m just sharing things I have learnt along the way from my own experiences. I was always told that a couple of important things to remember when potty training is that pushing your child to potty train before they are ready can have negative implications, as can ignoring signs they display when they are trying to show you they are ready. With Ella I watched for her to show signs herself and never pushed her into something she wasn’t ready for. She initiated to me herself that she was ready and showed great interest in using the toilet and potty and a massive sense of achievement when she did use her potty or the toilet. 

So I started our little routine on a Saturday morning as I new I had Saturday, Sunday and Monday off this particular week so 3 days to dedicate to potty training. Every half an hour or so if ask her if she needed the toilet and reminded her to let mummy know if she wanted to go. I’m not sure if I’ve just had a easier experience because my daughter is just easy to train but to be honest she did most of the work her self, every time she needed a wee or poo she’d just sit on her potty and go no problems at all. The only times she didn’t go on the potty was when she was asleep, both her day nap and through the night she doesn’t seem to have cracked that side of things yet but I’ve been told that can take a bit more time. 

During the course of the 3 days we had no accidents, we had zero accidents and lots of praise and smiles when she went on the potty. So I’d say this was a success and definite signs she was ready.

We are still putting nappies on her at night, just in case as she doesn’t have control in her sleep so far. But as soon as she wakes up consistently dry in the mornings, we’ll definitely be getting rid of those as well.

When she started showing an interest in her potty I introduced a reward system for her, so for starters bought her a plain purple potty from Wilko’s so it was nothing special but does the job when buying the potty I also bought some Peppa pig stickers. Firstly because I didn’t see the point in buying an expensive one but I also did it for another reason which brings me into my reward system. Each time my daughter has a wee or poo on her potty or on the toilet I would let her choose a sticker to put on her potty and make it more fancy. As she’s a massive Peppa pig fan I found this a real incentive for her and she would get so excited. Obviously it doesn’t matter which stickers they are just choose your little ones favourite character whoever that may be πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘§πŸΌπŸŒŸ

Here are some key points that I have found helpful through our potty training experience so far…
1. Be prepared, make sure you have a few days at home with your little one to start the new routine. For example if like me you work Monday- Friday then I’d recommend starting the new routine on a weekend when you have 2 days to give it your full attention without the confusions of them being at nursery or with family members. I believe it just gives them that bit of comfort and reassurance. 
2. Look out for the signs, pulling at nappies, showing interest in the potty/toilet, following instructions, telling you they need a wee or poop, showing coordination and excitement when they have been on the potty or toilet. 
3. Purchase the essentials – pants, sheets, pull ups, toilet seat, potty and mattress protectors etc but don’t spend lots of money on these, a potty is a potty as long as it does its job that’s all that matters. Your little one will be wanting to use the toilet in know time and be off the potty.
4 – Be extremely patient, remember that it’s a whole new process for them and it’s not always going be easy. It’s like anything one works for one child might not work for another, so you may have another child that took to it perfectly but that doesn’t mean your next child will.
5 – Give them lots and lots of phrase, when they use the toilet/potty be excited, give them a high 5, tell them they’re a big boy or girl and when they’re with you tell all the family and friends that they’re using the big toilet now. Make a big deal of the fact they have used the big toilet, show a real sense of proudness and happiness at what they are achieving.

6 – Be consistent with asking if they need to use the toilet or potty. Even if they end up having a accident on the floor tell them its ok and still bing them to the toilet to sit on it even if they are finished. With my little girl I kept reminding her to tell mummy if she needed a wee or a poop which seemed to work. 

I would love to know how you are all getting on with your experiences of potty training πŸ™‚ I’m also going to do my first video blog on potty training as well, so I’ll pop that up tomorrow morning πŸ‘πŸΌπŸŽ€
Feel free to comment, or email me on holly.sneath@live.co.uk πŸ’πŸ½πŸŒŸ


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