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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Let's Start Potty Training!


Elliott is just a little over 16 months now and I have been thinking of properly starting our potty training journey. 

I have googled and googled potty training and it's all so conflicting, some say not to start until 2 and a half, some say start just before turning 2 years old and some say they started on the first birthday!

See, Elliott will be going into Playgroup when he is 2 and a half and by then he must be toilet trained. So we can't wait until the latter of the time scale as he won't be accepted. 

Most of the posts and information I received pretty much all said the same "Only potty train when your child is showing an interest, do not push them" this is what actually made me think Elliott might be showing signs.

Every time we use the toilet (we are more often than not joined by an Elliott...) he sees us pushing the button down on the cistern and wants to join in! Usually I let him stand on the toilet seat after going and let him push it down making the toilet flush which he enjoys and tried to flush it 10 more times afterwards, he hasn't realised you need to let the cistern fill with water before you can flush it again! ha ha! The other thing I saw him showing an intrest in was hand washing. We wash our hands after using the bathroom (and as a germ-a-phobe I usually wash my hands a good few times a day anyway) which he has seen us do and wants to join in with the fun activity. We have a Dettol No Touch Automatic Soap Dispenser which is so much fun for us, let alone a one year old! I pick him up and hover him the sink and let him use the automatic hand soap dispenser! 

He has been introduced to the potty a couple of months ago when we left it in the living room and he could go over to it whenever he wanted, I think he used it more of a little seat than anything else - but it's was a start. 

After seeing him become interested in the bathroom I moved the potty into the bathroom and popped him on it after he woke from his nap and some may say it was a fluke but he WEED!! After he had done a wee I poured it down the toilet and let him flush it away. Then after flushing I carried him over to the skin to wash his hands! 

I think we are going to keep at it as we have had a couple of wees in the potty since that first 'fluke' wee, although saying that one night time he took me to the bathroom so I popped him on the potty but all he wanted to do was play with his bath toys for a good 15 minutes with no sign of a wee happening! He did sport a good ring around his bum though...
It's another journey we are going to have to go on, but I'm ready!


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125 comments:

  1. Potty training is a hard one. Mr D was used to using a potty from an early age (8 months) and had we not had Miss E would have been using is properly from an early age, but the arrival of E when he was 16 months old meant it took a back seat.
    They all get there in their own time, the key, I think, is not to rush it, and try to keep it as fun etc as possible x

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    1. it is isnt it, a huge learning curve! thank you for the tips though thanks for commenting too! x

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  2. reward and praise every step of progress

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  3. To try and get them to sit long enough to do a wee on potty read them a book or let them play a game on tablet as they get bored very quickly

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  4. do it gently and offer encouragement always

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  5. Be patient. If you get frustrated, they'll be affected.

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  6. Encourage them by saying things like "you can do it". Also get a potty that has toys. Sometimes they want to 'go', but at times it then becomes a waiting game. So toys or a fun book can keep them distracted.

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  7. Try to start during the summer when you can let you little one toddle about in their pull-ups and vest!

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  8. dont stress about it!

    Ashleigh

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  9. Give different rewards each day If they go to their potty! Always worked for me

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  10. toys on the potty

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  11. im going back more than 20 years now but

    they will do it when there ready

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  12. Invest in a waterproof mattress!

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  13. Pam Francis Gregory6 October 2015 at 10:40

    Be patient!

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  14. I always potty trained my boys in the summer. We spend a lot of time in the garden if there were any little accidents. Also much easier to wash and dry clothes. Happy potty training

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  15. wait until they show signs that they are ready, don't do it just because friends are doing it

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  16. Let them familiarise themselves with the potty, play with it etc before making them use it for the first time. Our wee one insisted on wearing it on her head for a couple of days before she figured out what it was for!

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  17. lots of patience & once you've started don't go back to nappies!

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  18. Have a potty in your car then you feel more confident if you go out

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  19. Don't hassle them and let them get on with it.

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  20. Do it at your child's pace. Ignore accidents and praise them when they use the potty

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  21. Keep it fun and stress free accidents do happen xx

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  22. Be patient, give lots of praise and have a reward chart so they get a treat when they have been to the potty a certain number of times.

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  23. Don't complete with other mums

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  24. Patience encouragement praise and reward

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  25. Sorry, I don't have any children but this is a great prize!

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  26. Lots of patience and be prepared for accidents.

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  27. Patience and easy to remove clothes - for the toddler of course

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  28. don't get stressed it will happen when it happens

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  29. Always offer praise and never be negative. Accidents happen it's a learning process and each child learns at their own pace don't listen to parental bragging your child will go at their own speed :)

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  30. best time to start is in spring/summer as all concerned are more relaxed, take spare cloths every where and take your time and encourage them

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  31. Lots of rewards and encouragement

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  32. Haven't had to overcome this yet, not looking forward to it :-(

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  33. don't expect too much too soon

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  34. Be relaxed and positive about it

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  35. patient patient patient is a must x

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  36. Be patient, don't try to rush it. My kids were almost 3 years old and went dry day and night within days

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  37. Don't rush it it will take time each child is different

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  38. Reward them a little surprise when they do well with a sticker chart

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  39. Keep motivation up with a star or sticker chart. Think of a theme that will interest him. Give him a sticker every time he manages a wee or poo in the potty, or if he tells you in advance that he needs to go.

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  40. Wait until the child is ready! Rushing it makes it a nightmare - talking from experience!

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  41. Remember to reward them when appropriate

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  42. Don't be to strict as it can have a detrimental effect, be patient and always give encouragement :)

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  43. im in the process of potty training twin boys, one is doing great, the other just is not ready, do just be patient, they will do it in their own time

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  44. Be patient and don't get stressed. My son took ages to potty train, just wasn't interested. My daughter was completely different and went straight to using the toilet and refused to use a potty. All kids are different.

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  45. Stay calm and make it as fun as you can xx

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  46. Be relaxed. If your tense the little one will be tense too

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  47. praise everytime they use it,and not to fuss about it.

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  48. Constant reassurance is key, every child will have accidents.

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  49. Try and wait until the child shows interest and is ready - it makes it so much easier when they want to do it!

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  50. I was always told 'Start at 2, end at 3. Start at 3, end at 3.' Don't know how true it is, but it's what we did.

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  51. Samantha scivier - praise is the best!

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  52. be patient...it will happen in time

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  53. Wait until your child is ready! they are all different x

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  54. I believe it's important to wait until your child is ready. Every child will be different as we all are:)

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  55. I haven't got that far yet but I'm reading all these tips for future reference :-)

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  56. start it when you are going to have the time to do it and be patient

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  57. Get one that makes sound whenever they wee/poo in it. It encourages them to use it more often.

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  58. introduce the potty before you start and get them used to sitting on it first!

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  59. Stock up on lots of bribes. I had a nightmare potty training both my children and ultimately it was a huge supply of bribes, stickers and a lot of patience that got us there in the end!

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  60. I will be starting soon for the first time so dont really have tips but I plan to go at my daughters pace and praise lots x

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  61. With my eldest we had a special book that he could only read on the potty and a sticker for a reward each time. I'm hoping this is going to work with the youngest as we'll be starting down this road again soon.

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  62. I wouldn't know - I can't remember being potty trained!

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  63. Wearing trainer pants through the day

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  64. be organized and not pushy :) patience is important

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  65. I have no tips or ideas. I'm failing miserably at trying to potty train my twins

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  66. praise and positive encouragement goes a long way.

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  67. Use pull up style nappies when out until your confident they can hold it incase your not near a toilet

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  68. don't pressurise the child, wait until child wants to learn

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  69. Be patient reward and praise your child will learn in their own time x

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  70. Use reward chart and praise every step of progress!

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  71. Encouragement, they will catch on when they are ready to!

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  72. It will take as long as it takes, no pressure...don't rush, encouragement and praise...

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  73. Don't rush your child,be patient and rewards!

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  74. Don't rush it - they will let you know when they're ready

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  75. Reward child with a sticker to stick on their potty when they do something on it, they will only perform when they are ready so dont pressurise them as they will be less likely to succeed

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  76. Patience and just take it one day at a time, they'll get it when they ready

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  77. wait until the child is ready if you try to soon it can be frustrating

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  78. Be patient and don't try to start too early!

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  79. Be patient and wait until it's the right time for the child

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  80. Do the potty dance with lots of praise, dancing and singing after every time he goes. Xx

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  81. They won't do it if they aren't ready, be patient.

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  82. Don't show your frustration to the child. (@PeanutHog)

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  83. Don't rush it, I tried for quite a while with my twins and they just were not ready for it. Then I took them round to look at a pre school and told them they could go there once they don't need napoies anymore during the day, they were dry within a week.

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  84. don't rush them and praise them highly

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  85. Use reward stickers and if they don't seem quite ready then there's no harm stopping and leaving it for a while again

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  86. make sure your toddlers are wearing easy to remove clothes

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  87. Don't try and rush it if they're not ready

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  88. Reward your child and praise them each and every step of the way!

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  89. Wait until they're ready... don't push them just because you think they should do it by a certain age.

    Samantha Mann

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  90. Try doing it in the Summer time!

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  91. im toilet training my youngest atm, its best just to take your time and be relaxed with it, if your child feels stressed then it wont help them

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  92. Let them use the toilet by copying the adults :)

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  93. Have patience - children learn at different rates - make sure your child is ready for potty training - are they able to balance? are they able to let you know when they are wet/dirty when in their nappies?, if they are not ready then give it more time and just get them used to toilet routines - change their nappy in the toilet, get them used to the sound of the flush etc

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  94. every child is ready at different times, don't rush them

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  95. Not at that stage yet, but been told the mattress pads/protectors are great to have.

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  96. I saw him demonstrating an intrest in was hand washing. We wash our hands subsequent to utilizing the restroom (and as a germ-a-phobe I as a rule wash my hands a decent few times each day at any rate) which he has seen us do and needs to join in with the fun action.

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