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15/05/2010 at 14:18
my son is 27 months old and i've recently taken him out of nappies except for sleep times. he was showing all the signs of being ready prior to this (coming with me to toilet, sitting on potty with/without nappy and reading a book, having a dry nappy for a couple of hours, practising pulling his big boy pants up and down, etc), but we are not having good results.
the only wees and poos that go in the potty are when i've noticed he's up to something and have put him on it myself, and i give him loads of praise for anything in the potty and update his reward chart. he does still go and sit on it of his own accord, but doesn't produce anything, and 5 mins later he'll be sat in a big pool of wee on the floor!
i guess i was just wanting to know, is this normal, and if so, (roughly, as i know all kids are different) how long before he actually attempts to get to the potty before starting weeing or pooing? he also seems to dribble a bit between wees, is this normal too?
Thanks for any advice XX
15/05/2010 at 23:30
I've just done potty training with Matilda,who's now 26 months.We just took the nappy off,and no pants or trousers for a couple of weeks.The first few days I would have to take her to the potty every ten minutes,she'd sit for ten minutes,if she did something she got a smartie,if not no smartie,but she'd go off and play.If she then weed,or worse on the floor,I'd just remind her,no we don't do that on the floor,no smartie,and clean it up.Within a couple of days she was taking herself there,not every time,sometimes I'd have to take her there,sometimes I was too late,there are going to be accidents,but over the next few days more successes than accidents.We didn't put the trousers and pants back on for at least a fortnight because then we did have accidents,she'd forget we did wees in the potty,whereas with nothing on it was just I need to go,quick potty,and she was there.I think it also reminds them somethings missing,the nappies not there.
The smarties were a good instant reward,and it's important not to make a big deal of mistakes,people get so stressed about potty training.It all takes time,we started all this two months ago,we had an accident yesterday,today we had none.I try and keep an eye,if I think she's been a while and might want to go,better to say yay,well done than have to clean up a mess and get new clothes.
Consistancy is important,if you go back to nappies because you've had enough messes,or you need to go out,all that's confusing.For naps and longer trips out we use "princess sleeping pants"(girls Huggies Pull Ups,not sure what the boy design is at the moment)with the understanding we don't wee in our princess pants,but I know they'll catch what they need to.
It does all sound like part of the learning process.He may dribble in between a little,he's learning to control it.Keep doing what you're doing,maybe lose the pants if you think that'll help,but it will take a couple of weeks.If you have to put him on the potty yourself sometimes,that's okay.The more successes you have,the more rewards,Matilda still gets excited about it all,and we stopped doing the smarties a couple of weeks ago.
16/05/2010 at 13:12
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