Well its official… we are NAPPY FREE (in the day anyway).
You know what it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I had visions of diarrhoea all over my made.com sofa but there was only one carpet related shart, one in the garden and a couple in his pants oh and he pissed in the corner of the local coffee shop BUT apart from that a total breeze.
Different children are ready at different ages. Sebastian turned THREE this week and we introduced a potty in February.
Before I start with my tips I want to point out that I work full time 4 days a week. He’s in nursery for 2 days and with his grandparents for another 2 days a week. We needed something that we could all follow so we all wouldn’t become frustrated. Being at nursery helped massively as he could see his friends using the potty and would follow suit. Using a potty is a new skill for any child child to learn. It’s best to take it slowly and go at your child’s pace. Being patient with them will help them get it right.
First off we bought a potty and left it in the corner of the living room. This way he could become familiar with it and explore it. He was beginning to tell us when he had done a wee / poo in his nappy so we knew that he was becoming familiar with his toilet habits.
We let him practice sitting on the potty with his clothes on, before he got dressed and after he had a bath. Once he was comfortable sitting on the potty with his clothes on, we practiced taking his nappy off so he could feel what the seat is like next to his skin.
We then kind of just went for it… in the house anyway. It was a good month before we ventured outside the house nappy free. When we did go out we used pull on nappies and would ask him repeatedly if he needed the toilet. We also bought a ONEDONE portable urinal.
We gave him plenty of praise and high fives throughout and yeah it just kind of happened! He was most certainly ready. If you don’t crack it first time don’t worry. Leave it for a few weeks and start again.
He has had a couple of accidents as of late but that is usually when he is excited or absorbed in something else. SO ALWAYS PACK SPARE CLOTHES, MOIST TOILET WIPES AND NAPPY SACKS FOR DIRTY CLOTHES!
Feel free to drop me a comment below with your tips!