***P•O•T•T•Y T•R•A•I•N•I•N•G***

So, the last week we decided to start our potty training journey and as much as I’d put it off for so long and was scared to start, I couldn’t be prouder of my little munchkin and how well she’s done. So I thought I’d let you know what I did and how, just in case any of you are anxious to start. To be totally honest, I had no bloody clue what to do, other than going by some of my friends advice who had recently taken the big step. I can’t fit everything on a caption, so head on over to the blog to read the full story 👇
  1. For the last couple of months I took out her portable potty and left it around the house so she could get used to seeing it. I also explained to her every now and then what it was and would sit her on it before bath time. This also sound a little gross, but some great advice I was given, was so start to show her, her poo in her nappy so that she could get used to what it looks like and not be scared or get a shock when she sees it for the first time in a potty. A lot of mums say that one of the things that terrified their kids during potty training and set them back, was seeing their poo for the first time. 
  2. When I started noticing that she was more vocal about her toilet habits and began to take more of an interest, i knew she was ready. I also think that until they’re old enough to communicate better and understand negotiation, there’s no point in attempting (personal opinion)
  3. Last Sunday morning when she woke up, I told her she wasn’t going to wear a nappy today and instead I pretty much let her be naked all day and kept talking to her about her potty as often as possible and reminding her to use it when she needed to go. I left the potty in sight all day, would sit her on it every 20 mins/half an hour and made a sticker chart for her, so that every time she did a wee or poo, she would get to put a gold star on it (this really worked for us!) I pretty much made it into a fun and exciting game
  4. We stayed in for at least five days and with constant gentle persuasion and sticker enticement, she clocked on very quickly and when she did her first wee on the potty I jumped up and down, clapped and did a silly dance so that she could see how happy and proud I was of her, and this certainly made an impact as she began to do the same every time she did a wee (poo had not quite happened yet, but this can take longer)
  5. For the first couple of days I did notice that she would hold her poo in until I put her nappy on for bedtime and that’s when she would go, but again, this is all apparently very normal. 
  6. I then told her that if she did a poo on the potty, mummy would get her more special stickers as a ‘well done’ and I let her pick the ones she wanted.  So when she understood that, she finally did her first little poo on the potty and I made the biggest fuss possible!!! (And i mean act as silly and over the top as possible to make them understand how good they are!)
  7. As her potty training became more established and she started to really get the swing of things, she began walking over to the potty herself without any assistance and I started putting her in knickers and getting her used to those and teaching her how to take them off etc and I then began to introduce her to the adult toilet with her own little seat placed on it. I would put her on it all the time and tell her that she can be like mummy and daddy and all the big girls and how clever she is. This did take a while for her to come round to as she was a little nervous and kept jumping off asking for her potty, so I made sure not to push it and scare her more and went at her pace. 
  8. Around day 5, she finally did her first wee AND poo on the proper toilet and I made the biggest fuss yet. I then bought her a gift I knew she had wanted for a while as a ‘well done’ (it was a Ninky Nonk train from In The Night Garden) and made it clear that this was because she used the big girl toilet and how proud I was of her. 
  9. Now we have stopped using the portable potty and she only goes on the actual toilet seat and I make sure to put her on it every half hour / 45 minutes as she doesn’t always say when she needs. And yesterday was the first day we took her out without a nappy and she was amazing! We took the toilet seat with us (yes this is something you have to do for a while until they get the hang of not using it which is interesting) and would take her to a restroom as frequently as necessary and she did incredibly!!
Yes we’ve had a couple of accidents along the way, but she has done so incredibly well and I am so proud and impressed with her. I do know that sometimes doing a poo on the potty or toilet, can take much longer and be a lot harder to achieve which is so normal, and I am very aware that Delilah happened to grasp this quickly and how lucky I was, but  please know that this isn’t usually the norm!! I guess my words of advice are to go with your gut, don’t panic, every child is different and does things at their own time and pace, and don’t put pressure on yourself or your child, it will happen naturally when the times right and remember, it’s not like your kids are going to be walking down the aisle with a nappy on ... (or so I hope...!!!) 

Here is the potty/toilet training kit I've been using in case any of you are looking!


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