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!