Here we are… the dreadful bit of parenting has arrived… POTTY TRAINING! Argh, help us all! Now that Matthew is nearly 3 years and 8 months I think it was time to introduce the potty to him.
Long time ago, which feels like a century, I wrote a post how we prepare for potty training. That was actually the time I initially wanted to start. But you know, there are the excuses and then we went away on family trips and so on and so on. Nothing is planned in the next while so no more excuses.
In that post I mentioned that I bought a personalised potty training book which we pretty much read to him every night for the last 3 months. We mixed it up with other books of course so he doesn’t get bored of it.
Since getting his Mickey Mouse potty we decorated it with stickers from the movie cars to make it special to him and his very own last weekend.
I have also started using the Pirate Pete sticker book which has a reward chart on the last page with star stickers in it.
We’ve been using the Thomas the Tank engine briefs from Mothercare and Minions briefs from Asda. Both are a great fit at 3-4 years. I’ve bought more in Dunnes Stores in that size but find them extremely small so I’m gonna have to go back to Mothercare and buy more of the comfortable ones. I also need more trousers from Penneys for accidents.
Without any further essays, here is how we got on the first 4 days…
Day 1, Saturday 16th April
First thing in the morning we explained that we are doing potty training today and that nappies are going to be gone for the day and we’ll put on our big boy pants. He wore tracksuit bottoms over it, too. Soon enough we had to take them off as it was too much comfort for him to pee in them. He isn’t a fan of running around half naked but he got around to it eventually and was running around in pants. We had multiple accidents, just the way potty training goes. Even with pants on I lifted him over to the potty so he could see where it goes.
A lot of praising was done and he got a small handful of chocolate buttons each time.
Day 2, Sunday 17th April
It was pretty much like day 1. A lot of crying but we had to get through it.
Day 3, Monday 18th April
First wee happened around 2.30pm. No doubt he must have held it as long as he could. Again I lifted him over to the potty and we were able to get some in. Lots of praise, we emptied the potty down the toilet and washed our hands. He seems to finally like the idea and praise he’s getting.
7pm he took himself to the potty and made a wee. YAY!! With pants on but every little step counts. He was delighted with himself.
Day 4, Tuesday 19th April
First day back to creche since the weekend. He was able to show me in the morning that he can take himself to the potty even if he didn’t have to go right that minute. Off we went with potty in tow. I was told by creche that he was able to sit on the potty in the morning no problem but the wee wee and poo was made in his pants this time unfortunately.
Anyways, it can happen. Tomorrow is day 4 and another day of trying with trial and error.
Are you potty training at the moment? Any tips or tricks?