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Potty Training – To Train or Not to Train

Way back in April I wrote a post called Potty Tales about how my little girl had taken herself to her potty of her own accord and in June in one of my Terrible Twosday posts entitles meltdown and poo gate I shared a nightmare potty and poo experience. To date I haven’t forced the potty and everything had gone quiet on this front and she hasn’t been remotely interested in taking a seat in months. But with a new baby on the way I really want to start potty training and see if I can get my daughter nappy free by the new year as I feel it will make things so much easier for me and I was wondering if I missed a key cue when she first showed interest.

I’ve been reading up on the Huggies Potty Training website about how to get started and their key signs that your child is ready. I was a bit disheartened though as it said ideally they should be showing at least three of the signs and I was lucky if my daughter was showing one! However I had her 2 year annual review with the Health Visitor and she basically told me to just let her wander around nappy free or with just pants on if we are in the house for a couple of days and encourage her to tell me if she needs the toilet and to regularly encourage the potty or training seat over the course of the day. She said if I had repeated accidents over a day or two and no joy to go back to nappies as she probably wasn’t ready and to try again in a few weeks /months.

So… I decided to take the plunge and go for it. I have been procrastinating for so long now but I thought I would seize the moment!

When I got home I got the potty and put my little girl in her big girl pants and explained to her what we were going to do and that she needed to tell mummy and daddy if she needed a wee wee or poo poo and that we would be using the potty and / or toilet training seat. I also let her see me go to the toilet ( not that she hasn’t before, but made a point of it this time round) and told her every time I was going myself and why.

So… Day One

Well… first off, mid morning, no wee but at nap time I put a nappy on her just in case and she did go in her nappy during her sleep. Mid afternoon we had an accident on the sofa and she didn’t seem to be concerned that she was wet she just said “oh oh”. I explained that it didn’t matter and it was an accident but that’s why she had to tell mummy and daddy. Late afternoon I noticed she appeared to be shuffling and uncomfortable, so we encouraged her to sit on the potty and despite initial protests she did use the potty so we made sure we gave her lots of praise and she looked really pleased with herself. However around half an hour to 45 minutes later just before bedtime we had an accident on the sofa again. We took her upstairs to get her cleaned and ready for bed and to cut a long story short it resulted in a second potty hit of the number two variety. She really hadn’t been sure and was distressed and didn’t want to sit on the potty but obviously really needed to go bless her. Afterwards we praised her lots but when she saw it she looked shocked and said she didn’t like it (don’t blame her! lol!). However we explained that we understood and that it would become easier and it meant that she was becoming a big girl and doing what mummy and daddy do and we praised her lots. So… overall it was a mixed day. That night the night nappy went on mind you I am not that adventurous yet! 🙂

 

Day Two

Well unfortunately day two was a total disaster. In the first two and a half hours of the day we had 5 accidents. Despite me sitting my daughter down on the potty every half hour and asking her if she needed to go she got absolutely hysterical every time we sat her on the potty  and screamed to be off, often having an accident right next to the potty within seconds. I spent the whole morning clearing up accidents from one end of my living room to the other. My daughter seemed to get more upset and to be honest I got more stressed. By lunch time we were back in our nappies and the house was a lot calmer!

It became clear to me in this short period that she just isn’t ready yet. It’s like her brain isn’t yet connecting the feeling of needing to go to the toilet with the action. She was so upset at times I just couldn’t put either of us through any more. SO… for now potty training is on hold. Some may see this as me giving up too early but for me it just seems sensible before I scare her away from the potty completely. We will continue to talk about the toilet, read her potty book and I will encourage her to tell me if she needs to go but for now, it’s potty TIME OUT! 🙂 I am a bit disappointed as I had almost 3 weeks off work and was hoping to get potty training well under way, but we’ll just have to try again another time.

If anyone has any similar experiences or hints and tips I would love to hear from you!

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Potty Tales

So I recently posted Oh My Lord What Just Happened?! my post into my first potty experience with my little girl.

Since this post I haven’t pushed the potty issue, I have occassionally asked her if she wanted a wee wee in the potty and have had a mixed response, sometimes a shake of the head and sometimes a nod.

Yesterday at grandma and grandad’s house my little girl found her potty that my mum had bought for her and went over to take a look. I asked her if she wanted to use it and she nodded so we sat her down and waited but nothing happened, after a few minutes it was nappy back on and back to play. An hour or so later she revisited the potty so I asked her again and she again said yes. This time we had success and my parents were very excited. However there is one thing I didn’t bank on!….

We’ve been making a psssss sound when she sits on the potty.

HOWEVER

I did not think about my daughter repeating this…

She’s now walking around saying … yes you’ve go it… “pissssss pisssss pissss”

In  my daughter’s words “Uh oh!”

I am linking this in with the lovely Actually Mummy’s Wot So Funee linky this week. If you have something funny to share why not link in too?

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Oh My Lord What Just Happened???

So as you will see from my post entitled Mummy Poo Poo Wee Wee Argh!!! I am heading for the lovely potty training phase. My little girl has started uttering the immortal words “poo poo” “wee wee” although not always at the exact moment if you get what I mean. Neverthless I thought I should buy the required items so I had them to hand if needed but didn’t expect that to be for quite a while!

I put the potty in my daughter’s room so she could get used to it being around and told her that it was a big girl’s toilet for her to poo poo and wee wee on when she was ready. In the meantime I sat dolly on it and said dolly was having a wee wee. OK I hear you giggling, I don’t know why, I haven’t read any of the chapters on potty training yet and frankly I am clueless! I thought it may be a good idea to show her!

Anyway, after bathtime tonight my little angel walked into her bedroom, removed dolly from the potty and sat down on it. “Oh clever girl are you going to have a wee wee?” I said, not remotely expecting anything, and then to my amazement she nodded and after a few seconds stood up and there was in fact a wee wee!  I was gobsmacked!

Hubby is at work so I was in the house on my own feeling rather over excited at this amazing first that had just happened! I kind of had to celebrate on my own with my daughter looking at her mummy giggling with delight in a rather confused and bewildered manner!

I gave her a huge hug and told her what a clever girl she was and how she had done a big girl thing and we headed downstairs for bottle and CBeebies Bedtime hour.

When we went up to bed after we had brushed our teeth and had a bedtime story I casually said to her “Do you need another wee wee before bed?” Not remotely expecting her to say yes. However she nodded so I said “Do you want to wee wee on the potty?” and she again nodded so I placed her on it and to my astonishment she again went to the toilet on the potty!

I am frankly quite giddy with delight but also freaking out! I am really impressed that she has picked this up with little guidance, but am also now panicking about how I keep this up, what happens when we go out? Oh my god help me!!!

I am in fact off to read that chapter that I have casually skipped over for so long but I really had to share this hysteria with you as I am sat here on my own and cracking up!

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Mummy Poo Poo Wee Wee Argh!!!

Look what we bought!? Argh! I am sooo nervous!

So my daughter has started looking at me and saying poo poo and wee wee, she’s 1 and a half and I guess she’s showing me the signs of potty training time.

So why am I petrified? I guess I feel like it’s another first, like when I first started weaning. I guess I am nervous as to how well it will go and if I “do it right” but I guess you don’t know till you try and with Spring here I guess it’s a good time of year to go for it!

Now where’s that book with the chapter on “Potty Training”

Wish me luck!

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