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11/08/2013 at 23:00
What approach did you take on potty training? How did you first go about it? Tell me your stories please
What sort of accident rate did you have in the first few days?
We started on Friday evening and it appears to be going well, she's loving it which is great. I'm just winging it as we go along and so just wondering what sort of approach to take.
11/08/2013 at 23:09
We just went for it one day, I felt she had been ready for a while but waited til after J was born. We didn't faff about with pull ups, just straight to pants, no going back. We potty trained in summer so just spent a couple of days in the garden with a dress and no pants on and got her to sit on the potty every half hour or so. We had a few accidents the first day and she cracked it by day 3. I braved going out after 4 days and just made sure we asked her regularly if she needed and bought a potette for when we were places with no toilets. I have this all to look forward to with Joshua soon but will leave it a few months I think until S is older and my days are less stressful!!
12/08/2013 at 07:27
This is how we plan to do it too. Tried a few weeks ago but we had so many accidents that I don't think she's ready. Plus with no washing machine atm it's not a good idea x
12/08/2013 at 07:59
One day, he just decided to go. In the first week he had about 3 accidents. We just leave the potty around the house, and he goes when he needs. He tells us when we're out if he needs to go to the toilet. We found leaving it upto him the best approach. When we tried potty training him a few months ago, he was having none of it. It wasn't until he decided himself, that we had success.
We went straight to pants too, and have never bothered with pull ups. It took around 3 weeks to be dry day and night.
12/08/2013 at 08:43
G got the potty out one day abd just used it so we just went with it
2 or 3 accidents in the first few days then all clean!
12/08/2013 at 08:58
Our first attempt was a disaster- she clearly wasn't ready. We tried again 8 weeks later and she got it in no time. We started with a sticker chart and told her when she did a wee on the toilet, she got a treat (we didn't mention poos to start with). She took ages to go to wee as she was holding it but eventually she sat on it (I checked every 15 minutes whether she wanted to go and never forced her to sit on the potty) and went. She only trickled as I think she was scared of the sensation! We made a huge fuss and she got a sweet and sticker! Within 5 minutes she had trickled 6 more times, got 6 treats, etc One accident that evening and that was it. She just got it.
On day 3 we ventured out with a travel potty and towels. No accidents, it didn't matter where we were, if she needed to wee, the potty came out! Not ideal but not a huge issue as we spent the day in the park and at a friends house. That evening, she did a poo and was really upset but we gave her 2 treats and made loads of fuss. We went on to have 3 poo accidents over the next 3 days and then (7 days later) she was fully potty trained by day. A month later, we noticed her nappies were dry in the morning so we let her sleep without them and only ever had a couple of accidents which both corresponded with illness.
Just go for it. If little one is ready, it won't take long. Remember to be patient and not make a fuss of any accidents or force her to use a potty or toilet. Lots of towels at the ready and I kept a bowl of soapy water in the bathroom for soiled underwear! I also took Ella to choose her big girl knickers the week before and told her what thy were for and encouraged her to wear them because she was a 'big girl' now, etc
12/08/2013 at 09:42
I want to start Ben next week. I'm concerned that with him not talking it will be a struggle but the HV assured me it will make no difference. She advised the week before (so starting today) that we sit him on the potty twice a day so he understands it's a seat and not a toy. Next week we then go for it. Put pants on him and let him have an accident. Nappies are so good these days they can't feel the wee so once he has an accident he'll realise it doesn't feel right. Give it a go for a week or two and if it doesn't seem to be working, stop and go back to it. That's the advice from the HV anyway!
12/08/2013 at 10:23
I'm going to wait til baby's here now. Then give it a proper go x
12/08/2013 at 10:52
I sort of followed the Gina Ford approach (it's the only one of her books I've read and would recommend). We'd already been reading a potty book to C for a few weeks beforehand and talked about what happens and how he'd get a star like the children in his book (chocolate in his case), then on the day we decided to go for it, I showed him some pants and let him chose a pair to wear. He did so well and his first wee also included a poo, and think there was just one accident that first day (in the afternoon, just after I'd decided to put his trousers on after having just pants in the morning), although I was asking about every 10 minutes if he needed to go. He also went straight on the toilet with a toilet seat rather than the potty - think he only tried the potty once, so it was a good job it was a cheap Asda one! The next day was pretty good too, although we generally forgot about the chocolate stars, and despite my asking him if he needed to go regularly, he'd only actually try going every 2-3 hours, without accidents! That also included a trip to the supermarket, where I rushed him to the toilet a couple of times when he said he needed to go, although I think that was more the novelty factor.
He had a couple of days at nursery where they were fine with him in pants, and he did have a couple more accidents there but probably because they didn't ask so often and he got more distracted with playing.
I think that first week he only had a handful of accidents and very few after that, and was also dry most nights after that, although we kept the night time nappy on for a few more months just in case!
Good luck x
12/08/2013 at 13:59
Thanks for all the replies.
I had been thinking of starting about now but on Friday, my FIL/SMIL sent a potty training book to Little Miss for "when you're ready". She wanted to read it straight away, 3 times in total! She seemed very interested in it. I was just about on my way out to Tesco so I decided while I was there to ask if she wanted "proper grown up knickers" and we bought some. Thought I might as well have them to hand for when the time came. Mr GB came home that night and she rushed to show him the book (hadn't looked at it in between that time) and then ran off, grabbed her potty and asked for her nappy off. She then sat down and did a wee, danced around happily then shouted "do it again". Then did it again 6 times in total in a hour. She was so happy.
The next morning the first thing she asked for was baby bear book and so I asked if she wanted nappy or big girl knickers and since then, that's been it really. Since around 18 months the potty has lived in the bathroom/toilet/living room so she's very happy with it. She also has a toilet seat which she loves and would often ask to sit on it, although not always would anything happen.
She had about 3/4 accidents Sat/Sun, and at least half of those she realised what she was doing then stopped and I put her on the potty and she finished the rest. She also did a poo each day!
Today though she seems to be on a 50% success rate, and is not liking the poo'ing. If I ask her about it she still wants her knickers on though. Although I after 2.5 hours of a threatened poo (lots of pumps and getting on and off the potty and whining) I asked her if she wanted a nappy on. She said yes, but an hour after that she still hadn't poo'd.
I guess I'll just keep going along as best I can and see what happens. We did go out on Sat.Sun for a couple of hours each day and she wore a nappy. Sun she knew she was wee'ing and straight away asked for a nappy change.
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