Potty Training Lessons Learned!
I’ve finally bitten the bullet and gone for it – potty training. For a while B’s nursery told me he was ready, and for a while I thought he might be ready. But then he’d go and crap his pants and sit in it, without a care in the world. I was pretty certain he wasn’t ready. Then a good mummy friend started training her boy and she said he was similar to B. Happy to sit in poop all day if given the chance. So I thought “right, that’s it – we are doing it buddy!” I felt mentally prepared haha! So here we are, three days in and it’s actually been ok. Not as bad as I thought! Here are some of the things I think have helped me:
Accepting that we will stay in for a few days. This was my biggest fear to be honest. Cabin fever. I hate being stuck in and it makes me restless. I told myself from the start – “Emma, this isn’t forever, take a couple of days for B to get used to things then venture out” Some bits and bobs at Poundworld helped stave off boredom!
Dettol wipes, check. Potty, check. Sticker chart, check. Food and drink to keep us going all day Friday, check. I made sure I had everything I might need the night before. Same goes for venturing out – pack those Dettol wipes, pack those pants!
One of the bonus things for picking this weekend to potty train has been the weather. It has been completely glorious and we have spent most of the time in the garden, mucking about with sand and water. Here are some of our sunny pics:
Keeping it schtum
No Facebook announcements, no huge unveiling. Just a few select friends and family members. I feel this takes the pressure off. Last time I “tried” potty training, I think I told every man and his dog as I was so excited. Big mistake. Everyone has a bloody opinion, of which quite frankly I care squat for. So this time, I haven’t said much.
My poor boy – I must have asked over 100 times last weekend if he needs to use the potty. No, he’d say defiantly. I don’t believe you buddy I thought. Well this eve he surprised me with, “mummy, I need a wee wee, quick, the potty!” And he went, he did the biggest wee! Proud mummy moment and all
The biggest of all (and honestly, I have zero of this!) is patience. Since having B, I’ve really had to learn how to take a deep breath and not lose my patience. I like things done and I like them done now. Toddlers don’t operate like that. B has taught me how to be patient and how to stop and observe the moment.
Some photos from our trip out. We had two accidents but no huge deal!
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