We were late to start potty training with Wee Girl. For obvious reasons. It’s hard to feel confident about starting to potty train when your child is unable to talk, or otherwise show you that they need the toilet. As it turned out, starting late was probably the best thing we did. It meant that Wee Girl was more than ready, which has so far made the entire process much less of a struggle.
So I thought I’d share with you my experiences so far.
We only started around a two months or so back. Wee Girl had begun taking her nappy off when it needed changing, so we knew it was time we started, but how to get her to sit on the potty when she didn’t want to? Ultimately what suceeded for us was a heady mixture of gentle insistence, timing and bribery. In other words, chocolate.
Lots and lots of chocolate.
Only it wasn’t that simple: Wee Girl has a near-superhuman ability to hold her urine for a very, very long time indeed.
Eventually it came down to luck. Putting her on the potty just at the moment where she couldn’t hold it any more. After trying for a bit, giving up for a bit, and trying again, success — she did it, and once she’d done it once, she had got the idea and it was much easier the second, third, forth time, until eventually she was doing it herself, carrying the potty to the toilet to be flushed away. It was much the same process with poos as well.
Moving her from using the potty to the toilet involved much the same routine: bribery, and doing my best to keep her sitting on the toilet, which wasn’t always easy. And again, once we cracked the timing, she was fine.
Outside of the house it’s another matter.
Wee Girl has a fear of the hand driers in public toilets, enough at times to reduce her to a screaming fit, so getting her to use public toilets consistently is proving difficult. We have made the decision to take her out of nappies completely during the day, which so far is working quite well. We have had the occasional accident, but have found people to be very understanding. Thanks to her superhuman ability to hold her wee, accidents have been relatively few.
There have been occasional setbacks, but we are making progress, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that when she starts school the daily consistency will result in her taking her final steps on the journey.