Potty training; Top tips
Where to even begin? Potty training is another one of the many mysteries when it comes to raising children and like with everything, every child is different and there is no set way that works for everyone. I feel like potty training was sent to test us as humans and says a lot about you as a mother; Do you go out and risk a shit in Selfridges or do you confine yourself to the inside, ignoring all calls for social interaction until the coast is clear and your not having fourteen outfit changes a day. Although I am no expert, I have put together some top tips for what I found really helped when it came to potty training. It took Nell around 3 days to crack it and even though Teddy will probably be in nappies into his early thirties as he is showing no interest what so ever in using the loo, we are not bothered because I love changing his shitty nappy in the mornings.
Wait for them! If they are not ready then there is no real point in forcing it, you will get frustrated they will probably grow up with some strange fear of the bog and its just not nice for anyone. Encourage them to have a go when you go and try some of the other tips below but if they are not having it then let it go.
Buy new pants. This may come as a standard that once the nappies are off they will need pants but take them with you for a day out to purchase the new draws. If you have other children get them looked after, make it a real treat trip, get cake, talk about being a big girl/boy and let them choose the most horrendous pair of Peppa pig covered knickers they can find. They will be so proud and hopefully a little less likely to soil them. Win!
Decorate the potty. We bought Nell a pink princess potty along with new horrendous knicks when she started potty training which we then covered in horrific glittery stickers. She was in love.
Be patient. Whats the rush? Yes nappies are a pain in the bum but so is finding a public toilet every 10 minutes when your out.
Sticker chart or reward system. This does not have to mean sweet treats or expensive gifts you will be surprised how far you can get with a sticker! Pop it on the fridge for all to see and they will be beaming with pride..
Give them more credit than due. Don't stick a nappy on for every trip in the car incase you can't pull over quick enough, just do it or you may be taking a big step backwards.
Take some time out, dedicate a quiet week to focus on potty training, ( clearly I'm not a shit in Selfridges type of gal) kids work like clockwork so you will be able to predict the next trip to the throne before accidents happen and they will get used to running to the loo.
Don't get cross, there is no need to make this a negative experience, always work on positive praise, accidents happen ( even when you grow up and have one too many wines ).