Our Potty Training Journey – Part 1

Our Potty Training Journey


Potty training is here.

I tried once before a couple of months ago and it was apparent very quickly that Little Man was not ready. It had been in the back of my mind to start again so the weekend before last we took Little Man to Babies R Us to choose his own potty. He had decided he didn’t like the nice lime green Ikea potties we already had – toddler logic for you!

This was my first mistake.

He chose the all singing, all dancing Lightening McQueen (from the film Cars for anyone who doesn’t have a son obsessed with this film!) potty at a rather shocking price of £25. I essentially bought twenty five pounds worth of potty for Little Man to wee and poo in! However, it worked like a dream and he wanted to sit on it straight away.

I found the next couple of days tough going I have to admit. We stayed in, I introduced pull-ups and sat him on the potty every thirty minutes. In all that time we had no wees or poos in it. I considered doing the no nappies/pull-ups approach but with him at nursery for the following three days I didn’t feel pants were a good option at this early stage. Nursery were super supportive and carried on doing what I had been doing. Little Man happily sat on the potty but didn’t actually do anything.


I am sat scribbling this post on the Saturday evening of the same week (this post will be up on the following Monday) and we have certainly had improvements. In fact, he did his first proper wee on the potty today. He was thrilled and so was I. I have never been so happy to see wee! Now as soon as he starts to wee he runs for the potty and although he is mostly too late it is a huge development for him. While he is at home now I will be using pants too.

I have to admit I have found the first stage of potty training testing so far. You have to go all in for it or not at all. Commitment is key. Little Man is so proud of himself when he realises he needs a wee. So far I have found lots of praise and encouragement really helps him but also a sticker chart and the promise of a present when the chart is full.


Hopefully it’s onwards and upwards from here, I shall keep you informed.

If any of you have any fail safe methods I would love to hear them!


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  • Jenna
    27/07/2015 at 11:08

    We’re a little way off potty training here (my daughter is only 15 months) but it is something I have started to read a bit about lately just because I want to be prepared when the time comes. I know it will creep up on me very quickly. I do have some experience of it already as I used to work in a children’s nursery but I do think it’s different when you do it with your own child.

    It sounds like quite a frustrating process but it’s good to hear that Sam is doing really well. Good luck with the rest of your potty training journey. 🙂

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    • Mummy in Training
      29/07/2015 at 12:31

      Good that you have a bit of background though! Good luck when you start. xxx

  • Mamavsteacher
    27/07/2015 at 12:04

    O good luck, I was hoping to be ready for this over the holidays but it’s not going to happen! #Mummymondays
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  • casey
    27/07/2015 at 13:42

    Good luck to you! Sounds like you are on our way! Potty training my second was a breeze. She just saw her older sister and followed her lead. My first wasn’t interested until she was 2.5 yrs old. We did a lot of praise and that worked for her. I gave her lots of
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  • casey
    27/07/2015 at 13:43

    eek! salty snacks and drinks once she was ready and reinforced what she learned. The trick was getting her to be comfortable with the potty, so we ended up having to hold her over the potty to get her to go in the potty. once she saw that nothing bad happened, she was all for it! Good luck, momma!
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    • Mummy in Training
      29/07/2015 at 12:31

      That’s a good idea. For Sam I think it is being comfortable with it too but he has improved I think xx

  • Carolyn
    27/07/2015 at 14:23

    Wow, £25 for a potty, well if it works it’s totally worth it right?! I’m becoming more aware that my daughter who is almost 2 will need to be potty trained soon-ish, she does sometimes tell me just before she does a number two now. Good luck with the training! #mummymonday

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    • Mummy in Training
      29/07/2015 at 12:29

      Oh I know, I can’t even think about how much it was hehe!! Thank you! Good luck when you start! xx

  • Lucy
    27/07/2015 at 14:55

    Wishing you lots of luck – not looking forward to this stage! #mummymonday
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    • Mummy in Training
      29/07/2015 at 12:28

      Thank you, I am going to need it I think. Still, be glad when it is done! xx

  • Alina @eclecticalu blogspot
    27/07/2015 at 15:23

    Haha! I suppose being a mom makes you appreciate things you wouldn’t otherwise, for example wee!! Congratulations to Sam!

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    • Mummy in Training
      29/07/2015 at 12:28

      Thanks lovely x

  • Budget Food Mummy aka Hayleigh
    27/07/2015 at 16:20

    Yay for wee wees!!! Glad he is getting the hang of it, I’m still clearing up puddles from the corner! Xx #mummymondays

    • Mummy in Training
      09/08/2015 at 15:40

      Sorry lovely. Just found your comment in my spam! Thank you. Hope it improves your end xx

  • Kim Carberry
    27/07/2015 at 19:21

    Wishing you the best of luck…Potty training isn’t much fun but it has to be done. It sounds like it’s going well so far x
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    • Mummy in Training
      29/07/2015 at 12:27

      Thank you, had a few more wees on the potty since writing this so going in the right direction! xx

  • Jen @ 4,128 mies
    29/07/2015 at 11:32

    We started about 4 weeks ago and I’m pleased to report that we haven’t had an accident in about 2.5 weeks. It will just click one day. I’m about to try and tackle the toilet… We’re waiting on a toddler loo seat (everything needs to be shipped here). I’m hoping toilet training isn’t too bad. So far my little man seems a bit worried about the big potty as he calls it. He has a small bum and I think he fears he might fall in! It sounds like you are doing great! Well done! #twinklytuesday
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    • Mummy in Training
      29/07/2015 at 12:27

      Oh wow! That sounds great! Bless him with the toilet though! Thank you, we shall keep pushing through! xxx

  • Alex
    29/07/2015 at 17:08

    We are doing exactly the same with Lamb. I’m going for the softly, softly approach. So far he’s done 3 wees on the potty at home and one on the toilet at nursery! It’s going slowly but I’m really happy with our progress. We also started a few months ago but he just wasn’t interested. Then suddenly he came home from nursery with 2 stickers to say well done for weeing on the toilet! You really do have to look for the signs for when they are ready and I don’t believe on forcing it xxx #mummymonday
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    • Mummy in Training
      30/07/2015 at 08:13

      Yes there are so many things about now with how to train them in a week but I don’t think that would have suited Sam at all. Glad to hear it’s going well for Lamb xxx

  • Sadia
    03/08/2015 at 01:15

    Potty training was the one area of abject parenting failure for me. I hope you have better luck than I. It took us 19 months from beginning to end. Ugh.

    Thanks for being part of #TwinklyTuesday.
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    • Mummy in Training
      07/08/2015 at 19:06

      Thanks lovely xx


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I’m Rachel, a 30 something Mum to 6 year old Little Man & 2 year old twin girls (one with us & one in the sky).

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