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02/11/2009 at 22:47
I'd really like some feedback on 'when' is a good time to start the dreaded potty training for my son (he's 19 months old). He has just started to let us know when he's done a poo and loves to stand in front of me when I'm on the loo saying 'wee wee mummy'!!! Maybe a little too much info for you all but never mind!
Feedback would be appreciated as i guess the advice of others mums is far better than me sitting with my nose in a book telling me the best thing to do and of course a forum is much more fun.
03/11/2009 at 22:13
hi eleanor, well we are nearly at the potty stage but charlie is 22 months and he's not showing any signs of interest in the potty, occasionally he'll say if his nappy is really wet but not that often,
as a nursery nurse i would say start potty training when you think he's ready, maybe spend sometime with his nappy off and explain where the potty is and what he needs to use it for etc.... if you haven't brought a potty yet, involve him in it etc....and the same with pants. it could be a bit of hit and miss to begin with and make sure you and your partner are prepared for accidents, like i said if you think he's ready then go for it
hope this helps good luck x
03/11/2009 at 23:01
Hi Eleanor.I can only tell you what works for me and the pontypines
With all of mine I just picked a convenient time when we weren't having to go out ,so they could be without pants and trousers and just let them do it.I waited till they were around 2 in most cases.With my 2nd it was 18 months.Just gave them 10 minutes on the potty,10 off playing.Smarties for a result in the potty,dettol for a mess on the floor and no smarties.Bribery works really well in this case.
Above all relax about the messes on the floor,just clean them up with dettol and just say not on the floor,in the potty,something like that.Even those that were not showing an interest themselves were aware of what was being asked in a day or two,getting it right most of the time by the end of the week,and back in clothes with pants and trousers by the end of the following week.Once the nappies are off they don't go back on,it just confuses them,we just use pull ups(we call them big girl/boy pants )if we go out and at bedtime.If you keep going back to the nappies(tempting when you 're cleaning up messes for the umpteenth time and you don't think you're getting anywhere) they don't know what they're supposed to be doing and it all takes much longer than it needs to.
Oh and the reward shopping trip for their first little vests and pants sets too.Arthur had Bob,Arwen had Peppa.I suppose that's as much for me as them.
Potty training isn't nearly as bad as you think it will be. I have to face it again soon with my 6th,who's conveniently 2 in March,that'll be my Easter holidays.
Not sure about the fun bit though,lol.Apart from the shopping.
Anyway,that's what works for us.
06/11/2009 at 21:46
Harry has turned two now and I need to start thinking the same, he can do a wee on the potty when he wants to and quite often does before his bath of a night. But he wanted the potty downstairs the other day, took nappy off, he did a wee but then went out of the room and he did a big present for me on the floor(lucky I have laminate flooring). But he has seen two boys at the childminders use the potty and out of pants and so know what is needed, think I need to set my mind to it get organise and take a week off work with nothing planned and go for it, if we are not succesful will try again in the spring maybe.
I think I will try the reward thing though as sounds like a good plan, he loves lots of praise and he does like chocs so will ahve to get something special. I think i will also let him choose pants etc as that will make him more excited about it.
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