Max isn’t yet two years old but he is already showing signs of an interest in potty training. I wasn’t expecting it to happen quite so soon; with Oliver I didn’t start until he was 2 and a half, but Max has been sitting on the potty at nursery and telling me when he has, erm, filled his nappy.
So I’ve been trying to refresh my memory about how to best approach potty training and I thought I’d share my thoughts with a wider audience!
The first stage is all about getting them familiar with potties, toilets and pants and encouraging them to sit on the potty when they want to. But I shall be very much following Max’s lead at this stage and not forcing the issue.
I think potty training children who go to nursery is somewhat easier, because they get to see their friends using the potties and toilets and they want to do the same!
I will take Max shopping for his ‘big boy pants’ and I will read the “Pirate Pete’”story to him – this worked a treat with Oliver. I also loosely followed Gina Ford’s “Potty Training in 7 Days” guide. Love or hate her, the potty training book is actually quite sensible and I would not let any preconceptions about Ms Ford stop you from giving this book a read as it’s full of useful tips.
With Oliver, I never really used pull-ups (except at night) – I just put him straight into pants and encouraged him to sit on the potty regularly. We had surprisingly few ‘accidents’; in fact I could count on one hand the number of wet pants we had. In just three days, he had got it. Number twos took a little longer to grasp, but another month and he was done.
I certainly won’t be putting Max in pants until I’m confident that he has grasped the concept. If you end up having to constantly change wet pants, it can become very frustrating and our toddlers can sense our emotions! No, we shall be taking things slowly, he’ll be getting lots of positive encouragement and once he understands what he needs to do, then out will come the pirate book and a seemingly endless supply of Thomas the Tank engine pants!