So we are in the midst of potty training… round two.. What amazes me is how different one child is to the other. My eldest was pretty much fully potty trained at 2 years and 4 months, the age my youngest is now. The thing is, he is just damn lazy 🙂 . He knows exactly when he needs to go but will purposefully go and run away from you.
So I’ve thought back on what worked with us with my eldest, and we have shown significant progress! SO here are some tips to keep your sanity, and your home, “poop” free.
Lose the nappies
I’m going to tell it to you straight. Lose the nappies. Completely. Not even pull ups if you are serious about it. All they create is a “safety” shield for the kids. The most effective way I’ve ever come across is letting them run around butt naked. So with that…
Take a weekend
You need at least 2 days of not going anywhere. It’s a positive! You’ll get unlimited family time (YAY) and are easily able to run to the loo when needed. This is the most effective method for potty training quickly. You need to put your toddler on the toilet every 30 minutes or so initially, to get them used to the concept. No nappies allowed, the whole day!
Make sure you have easy access to a toilet/potty.
I never really used a traditional “Potty” with my kids. I can handle changing nappies but I can’t handle the thought of having to wash out a “potty” after every session thanks. Instead we use those kiddie toilet seats that make the seat comfortable for smaller behinds. You really do want to be able to pop them on fast or every 30 minutes as a guide, so make sure you have “ablutions” close by.
Brush up on your singing/acting skills
Kids need entertainment on the toilet! Especially when they are learning, there is nothing like a leisurely “session” to get the job done. We have a couple of games and songs handy to keep our boy entertained 🙂 Be liberal with the praise, for some reason for toddlers its a HUGE achievement when they first poop on the toilet, so celebrate with them!
Expect accidents and be prepared
They WILL happen, take it in your stride. It’s all natural. All mummies have been in a situation where their kids have had wet pants. We were picking berries in the middle of a field once. I had literally just asked my son if he needed to wee, of course he said no. 10 minutes later he said “mummy whoops”. On the day I forgot spare pants, of course! ALWAYS. PACK. SPARE. PANTS.
Night time bed accidents will also occur. It’s OKAY. It happens. Don’t harp on it, just change them and the sheets and move on. Don’t make them feel bad or create anxiety.
The hard part comes in if you need to travel or night time wee’s. I learnt from experience don’t wait too long to do the night time training, in fact, if you can, do them together. We would take my eldest initially to the bathroom twice a night (he pretty much stayed asleep). I then cut it down to once a night when I went to bed, around 12h30 and eventually a month later he would wake himself if he really needed to go.
I hope my tips helped you in some way. Please feel free to comment on your experiences or share to mummies who may need some encouragement.