Sleep routine? Yep. Weening? Absolutely. Getting rid of that dummy? No problem! Since having Holly I’ve been fairly relaxed with milestones but potty training seemed to make me nervous like no other. Maybe it was because I was worried I wouldn’t be responsive enough whilst juggling baby Lily, maybe it was because I felt like I didn’t want to let her down by not being up for the job. Either way I was nervous and found the internet full of conflicting information, strong opinions and to be honest, a plethora of contradictions! I needed a ‘one stop shop’ for this and wanted something that would cover EVERYTHING that we might face so I picked up a copy of Potty Training Magic and a Potty Training Academy pack and got to work studying this so I would know what to expect before sh*t hit the fan…..literally.
Once we agreed that Holly was showing all the right signs we decided to go for it – get rid of those nappies! So here’s a little breakdown of what the first few days of potty training looked like for us…..
This morning I told Holly it was time to choose her big girl pants and put them on and I give her a choice of some pants to wear. Today has been a day in the garden and although we have had a couple of wee accidents she is asking lots of questions about how she gets stars in her reward box and watched the George and Hollie DVD a couple of times (it helps that her potty is the same as Hollie’s in the animation).
We were all very proud when there was a wee in the toilet just before bath time while singing some songs to distract her (Old McDonald was running out of animals on his farm…).
Eager to earn some more stars there was lots of sitting on the potty and she managed 2 drips of wee. I’ve been giving Holly lots of praise for sitting on the potty, asking for the potty and for any wees or poos, I’m ready to celebrate.
This morning there was a pooh accident in her pants and I got a little worried that this might demotivate her so I didn’t make a big deal out of it and reassured her that accidents happen and she can tell Mummy when she needs a poo or wee.
Being completely honest though, after a couple of accidents I was inwardly struggling to stay motivated. Being so happy and supportive whilst mopping up wee is exhausting!
Then after playing with her squishy toy from her distraction box on the toilet she did a poo…..*bring out the pom poms* GO HOLLY!!
It seemed like she had lost interest and we were flagging too, Potty Training is bloody exhausting!
Thrown in with 2 year old tantrums it was a challenge but she did her first full wee on the potty which was amazing! I let her phone grandad and tell him how she was getting on which she loved as a little incentive.
Both myself and my husband took it in turns to take ‘time out’ from watching Holly so we weren’t completely knackered!
Nursery day!!!! I was so nervous about her being away from me today and hoped all her progress wouldn’t regress with the fun surroundings of nursery. We went in with everything she would need for the day, I’m not joking when I say it looked like she was moving in. She had a couple of accidents but the lovely ladies there said they were very impressed with her progress and found the system easy to follow.
No accidents in the car either!!!!
The distraction boxes have been amazing and help pass the time when she’s sat on the loo, otherwise I think Holly would be more conscious of sitting there long enough to do anything but she managed a pooh on the toilet before her ballet class!
This afternoon we had a very slight accident but after what I think is technically called a ‘shart’ I popped her on the loo for a nice healthy poo and then 2 stars in her box after a clean up and a round of applause.
15 mins later she took off her pants and went for a wee on her potty so maybe she’s getting the hang of it!
I’ve cleaned everywhere and I can still smell pooh….
Nursery day again and when Holly comes home tonight she is not herself at all. She has had a couple of accidents at nursery (one massive one) today so maybe this is affecting her mood?
OK…..Something is up here. She doesn’t want to go near the potty or the toilet, she’s crying and holding in her wee so I’m not going to pressure her at all. Following Amanda’s tips I’ve asked Holly how she’s feeling and as she is getting so upset I’m putting on a pull up. Holding her wee in can lead to an infection and I want to avoid this at all costs. I still keep her potty and magic box very visual and language very very positive about this.
This morning we had a wee and a poo on the toilet after about 5 minutes of being sat there and playing with the distraction toys. Sundays tend to be a busy day for us so we have taken the potty out and about with us, she’s been very keen to show family we see her potty and reward box.
Wow today has felt like a real breakthrough, no accidents and most importantly Holly has been asking for the toilet or potty and is SO proud of herself, even asking everyone for a high 5 after going on the toilet!
What I found out during this time…..
*Take the time to sit down with your little one and explain the training system you are using, keep talking about it and ask them how they are feeling about it every day (this was such an invaluable tip from Amanda!).
*There’s no I in team – Make sure you, your partner, nursery and any other carer that spends time with your little one knows the system you are following. Read ahead so you both know this. I would highly recommend Potty Training Magic! If you’re all singing from the same hymn sheet it makes for a more harmonious tune.
*Get your jazz hands at the ready, you’re about to become the most positive person you know around your little one. It’s exhausting but it’s worth it to make sure that all the support and encouragement is there. If this is too much just remember it’s only until bedtime and then you can balance it out by binge watching Line of Duty with a glass of wine!
*It’s a learning curve and accidents happen. I can guarantee that just when you feel like you’ll never get there your little one will have a wee or poo on the potty and you’ll feel like doing a happy dance.
*Communication is everything, telling your little one how proud you are with them makes a BIG difference.