Toddler toilet training – Harpic giveaway

toilet-trainingThis is a sponsored post

So, toilet training is going really well, don’t you think?!

At least 22-month-old Smiley is not running in the opposite direction from the potty screaming anymore. That’s got to be progress, right?!

She is definitely taking a more positive interest in the potty these days. I just need her to sit on the damn thing.

Smiley has been showing signs of being ready for toilet training for months now. She tells us with a most disgusted look on her face when she’s dirtied her nappy and will even bring me a clean nappy to put on her. She also watches VERY closely when her older sister goes to the toilet.

I had my now four-year-old out of nappies, apart from night time, by the time Smiley was born – so she was just over two years.

While the ideal scenario for me was to not have two kids in nappies at the same time, I didn’t pressure her and took a slow and steady approach over several months.

Closer to the birth of Smiley, I did the intensive toilet training process where you stay home with your child for about three days without them wearing nappies and things miraculously fell into place from there.

My current plan is to try the exact same process with Smiley … and cross my fingers. Smiley is a little more willful than her eager to please older sister, so we’ll see how we go.

Over the next few months, pottys and toilets will be the hot topic of conversation in this house. I will constantly ask her if she needs to wee and encourage her to sit on the potty after meals and at times when I think she is likely to go.

I have only been able to get Smiley to sit on her potty a couple of times so far with no wee yet.

With her sister using the toilet, she seems to be more interested in that, so I’ll let her lead the way in what she prefers to use.

A few months down the track, I will do the three day intensive training with her just like her sister.

In preparation for the next few months, I’ve armed myself with the following:

Potty

The potty we have is nice and comfy for a toddler-sized bottom. You don’t want one that is so small it suctions onto the child’s bottom and remains stuck to her when she stands up. Been there, done that, and it’s traumatic for all involved.

Toilet training book

When I was toilet training my eldest daughter, I discovered a gorgeous little book called Princess Potty. It really appealed to my daughter and is a fun way of explaining the toileting process. It also comes with stickers to use as a reward.

Children’s toilet seat

Sitting on a toilet can be scary for toddlers. It’s just so big and they’re so tiny. We have bought a princess toilet seat, which is just the right size for Smiley’s little bottom making her feel safe and secure. It has handles she can grip onto and a magic button that plays a musical sound when you press it. The seat comes in two parts which makes cleaning easy.

Peppa pig undies

If Peppa Pig undies aren’t an incentive to get out of nappies, I don’t know what is. My recommendation is to buy them a size bigger, so you can easily get them off in a hurry.

Harpic wipes

The Plumbette first introduced me to Harpic toilet wipes. Since then I haven’t turned back. Let’s face it, kids aren’t great at aiming. My girls get drips and drops all over the place. The wipes are great for quick cleans, they kill 99.9 % of germs, plus they are flushable. I never thought I’d clean a toilet as much as I do these days, but with little hands holding onto it and climbing all over it, I want to make sure it is sparkling.

Today, Harpic is kindly letting me giveaway one pack of Harpic products including:

– one Harpic Toilet Hygenic Plus

– one Harpic Toilet Dual Action Block

– one pack of Harpic toilet wipes.

To be in the running, leave a comment on this post sharing with me your top toilet training tip.

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Mick Gillies for his entertaining toilet training tip:

I stuck a picture with lots of fun animals in the bathroom and when the little one’s need to go to the toilet we say we’re off to the zoo to do a poo or need to see the animals for free and a wee. I know it sounds silly but it works for us

Thank you to all who entered.

Terms and conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents.

– Closing date for entries is 5pm Thursday, 11 September.

– The winner will be contacted via email on Friday, 12 September.

– If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen.

– Entries will be judged on merit and decision of the winner is final.

* Mummy, Wife, Me received a sample of the products mentioned above for the purpose of this giveaway and received financial compensation. As always, all opinions are my own.

70 comments on Toddler toilet training – Harpic giveaway

  1. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    September 5, 2014 at 7:03 am (3 years ago)

    I’ve heard great things about the three day method. We’ve been dipping in and out of toilet training for the past few months, but this week we’re also making a big effort to finally say good bye to our Big Boys nappies. My top tip is bribery. I know it’s probably not the best way to go about things, but our Big Boy knows he will get a “special treat” each time he goes to the toilet/potty and he when he does a number 2 he gets a matchbox car/truck as an “extra special treat”. It’s working for us, but I know I need to start pulling back on it!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Look I think it’s very much a case of whatever works. If this is working for you, I say go for it!

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  2. Pinky Poinker
    September 5, 2014 at 7:23 am (3 years ago)

    Harpic Toilet Wipes come in handy when you have teenage boys as well Renee. I should have bought shares in the company! You are such a patient, organised Mummy staying home for three days with a leaky toddler. You know I have a feeling I did something similar during those toilet training years. No more nappies was a watershed moment in my life πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. God yeah! I can not wait, Pinky!!

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  3. Lydia C. Lee
    September 5, 2014 at 7:42 am (3 years ago)

    Great giveaway – but I am free at last, free at last! Thank God almighty, I’m free at last!

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  4. Jo McMullen
    September 5, 2014 at 8:21 am (3 years ago)

    Glad you approached this topic! Master 2 year old in our house seemed interested but not so much when I showed him the process!! Will try again in a month when it’s warmer. If anyone knows a good book about toilet training for a boy I would be keen to hear!! My first born, was so clean, couldn’t stand a wet or poo nappy but Master 2…he is more than happy to have anything in his nappy with no complaints!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Hmm sounds like you could have an interesting road ahead of you, Jo. If I hear of any potty training books for boys I will let you know πŸ™‚

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  5. Kaz @ Melting Moments
    September 5, 2014 at 8:36 am (3 years ago)

    We have just muddled our way through toilet training. I wish I’d read these tips before we started -they’re great. We did get on the Peppa undies train though – winner! πŸ™‚ Our next step is to get rid of the nappy pants for during the night. Oh my.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:21 pm (3 years ago)

      Sounds like you are doing REALLY well. Thank God for Peppa!!!

      Reply
  6. Skye
    September 5, 2014 at 10:34 am (3 years ago)

    My top tip would have to be not letting my very impatient husband decide it’s time and letting your babe let you know when they are ready! months of toileting hell while on bed rest in my pregnancy,once he decided he wanted to do it, it was done day and night with no problems!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh wow, Skye! Yes, I totally agree. Listening to your child is very important when it comes to toilet training.

      Reply
  7. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    September 5, 2014 at 10:36 am (3 years ago)

    Wow – you train EARLY!
    I wait until they’re three and about half way though too. I remember trying to get them interested and getting frustrated – especially when I was a first and second time Mum. Now I’m like ‘whatever!’ I have better things to do than watch them on the potty – they all end up using one by the time they’re 16! πŸ˜€
    (I think it’s great by the way that you’re making early progress – I still have boys in night nappies at 6 and 8 – they take FOREVER those males!)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm (3 years ago)

      I have heard boys are harder to train than girls! I can imagine you being extremely busy with six kids. It’s alot easier for me to hang about home with just the two of them.

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  8. Toni
    September 5, 2014 at 11:13 am (3 years ago)

    We’re not up to the toilet training just yet (thankgod cos I want the dam bathroom fixed first) but I could see the benefit of them even for dads who don’t aim properly lol.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha! Yes seriously!

      Reply
  9. Lisa
    September 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm (3 years ago)

    My third boy is ready to be toilet trained (I can see the signs) but I was so traumatized by the last two boys that I have to psyche myself up for the last one. One one hand I do want to get rid of the nappies but the process is sooo much hard work. Crossing my fingers for your TT times.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Lisa. It really is a long process. I just want to get it over and done with. I can’t wait to get rid of nappies and the change table. Bring on the undies!!! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  10. Elisha Ross
    September 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm (3 years ago)

    My 22 month old has just started showing interest in going to the toilet. I just bought her some cute little girls undies and when the weather is tops outside, its nappies off and undies on and see how she goes. Only a couple of accidents so far but nothing that the hose can’t sort out for now. As for my 3 yr old, he suddenly wants to start standing up like his dad and I don’t think the floor around the loo has ever been wiped so much EVER! The joys. How handy those wipes would be.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol, Elisha!!! I can just imagine. It must be extra fun toilet training boys :/

      Reply
  11. Elise @mummy hearts money
    September 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Kleenex toilet wipes. Buy a packet for every toilet and bag in the house, a spare for the cars and a few lying around. Also buy shares because you will go through heaps! Tots are used to the kinds of messes that require wipes to deal with them, and it sucks being caught out and about without them! Kleenex toilet wipes will take away the pain of that test and learn period especially in public

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Good advice, Elise! I better get off to the shops and get myself some wipes!

      Reply
  12. Bec @ The Plumbette
    September 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Magdalene is over 18 months now and I’m watching for signs of interest on using the potty. I think she will pick it up quicker than Esther did. With Esther I tried to train her before Magdalene came but she wasn’t ready. We trained her after Magdalene was born and she pretty much trained herself because she was ready. She was around 2.5 years when this happened. The other thing I suggest is getting brolly sheets to help with the night time. It saves having to change the whole bed if they wet it. Those Harpic wipes are a godsend. And are so convenient when toilet training!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:45 pm (3 years ago)

      I have heard of those brolly sheets, but not done a lot of research into them. I will have to check them out. Thanks for the tip.

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  13. Claire
    September 5, 2014 at 6:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Do you have a camera in my house? Seriously? We’re doing the 3 day intensive this weekend. Sienna won’t have a bar of a potty. Big girl toilet only for her, so we have one of those seats with steps that go over our toilet!
    We love those Harpic wipes (great for Dad’s who don’t aim the best in the middle of the night ;)!)
    Wish me luck as I spend the weekend washing, wiping & (hopefully) keeping a cool head! – ps she managed to do a poo on the toilet tonight!!!! Good luck for you & Smiley.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:47 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh hooray!!!! That is major progress. Good on you, Sienna. Sounds like you could really make some progress this weekend. I will keep my fingers crossed for you πŸ™‚

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  14. Denise
    September 5, 2014 at 7:39 pm (3 years ago)

    I don’t have any tips because my son is only 16 months and still in nappies, but I’m reading this with interest. I’d love to get him toilet trained early. No more nappies would be amazing! Although I believe it’s hard to get them into the whole ‘go to the toilet before you leave’ frame of mind. So I guess there’ll be fun and games for a while yet πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh yes, Denise!!! Plenty of fun and games in store. Eeek!!

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  15. Wendy
    September 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Very topical! We’re in the same place as you here with our just gone 2 year old. I’m not pushing it, as I’m thinking warmer weather would be better for everyone. One question I have, what do you do for those 3 days you don’t go anywhere? We are so used to going out each morning to do stuff, I’m going to have to find a whole raft of activities to do to keep us entertained!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, I definitely think things will be easier in the warmer weather. We are very lucky to have a warm house. You really have to be prepared for those three days. Arts, crafts, paints, stickers, balloons, bubbles. You really need to pull out all stops. Good luck!

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  16. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    September 5, 2014 at 9:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Toilet training is hard yakka. Little Vick took six month to confidently master the toilet thing. There were many accidents to clean up. Many, many. I hope this won’t be your story.
    These wipe thingys sound very handy indeed, especially when having boys!

    My best toilet tip would be: bribery all the way. After some time and much desperation we negotiated with Little Vick a system of rewards. Being a boy, something for his belly was the most attraction reward. So we negotiated every time he successfully did a wee on the toilet he got a “lolly” which was actually a vitamin jube and every time he did a poo successfully he was allowed to have a scoop of “ice-cream” which was actually frozen yoghurt – his most favorite thing in the world. To top it all off we gave him the job of ticking his achievements on a chart. So he could see the wins building up.

    He thought he was on the best deal ever getting all his favorite things as a reward. Little did he know they were treats with benefits πŸ™‚ This combination was a winner!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh you are one clever mummy!!! I love the reward chart idea and the fact that he thinks he’s getting a treat when it’s really something healthy. Well done you!

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  17. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    September 6, 2014 at 7:56 am (3 years ago)

    Unfortunately I don’t need these wipes yet but gosh I hope one day I will!! Good luck with the training! xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 7, 2014 at 7:59 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m sure you will, Lucy xx

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  18. Bele @ BlahBlah
    September 6, 2014 at 11:35 am (3 years ago)

    That is the best picture ever. Good luck!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 7, 2014 at 7:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Thank you! I love it too πŸ™‚

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  19. Tania Lynch
    September 8, 2014 at 10:09 am (3 years ago)

    The thing that worked for me was making a game out of toilet training.A ping pong in the toilet (doesn’t flush) with a target drawn on is a great way for boys to have a game and aim for the target.Worked for me.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm (3 years ago)

      That sounds like an awesome idea, Tania. Very clever and fun!

      Reply
  20. Sam Stone (@A Life on Venus)
    September 8, 2014 at 10:55 am (3 years ago)

    Hubby and I were talking last night about if we should start toilet training our little man this summer! I remember how much I hated it with our little miss.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm (3 years ago)

      It is such a drag, Sam! I can’t wait to get it out of the way πŸ™‚

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  21. Linda
    September 8, 2014 at 11:33 am (3 years ago)

    Dont stress. Dont panic and Don’t put a time limit on it…
    Its going to get messy..so be prepared.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm (3 years ago)

      Very good advice, Linda. Thank you πŸ™‚

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  22. karina lee
    September 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Let the grandparents do it! They want to spend time with their grand kiddies so that also entails toilet training time too =)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol, Karina!! Very cheeky indeed πŸ™‚

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  23. Sonya
    September 8, 2014 at 2:08 pm (3 years ago)

    We’re using chocolate rewards for whenever our toddler (who is almost 3 and still not finished training!) does a wee in the potty. It’s an M&M each time and it’s working!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Great stuff, Sonya!!! Glad to hear you’re making progress πŸ™‚

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  24. Grace
    September 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm (3 years ago)

    That’s such a cutie photo! Toilet training was such a nightmare for us. While the books and everyone else told us to praise our child when they went, we had the issue of being sensitive with the other twin who wasn’t ready yet but hearing all this praise we were giving to his sibling.
    Even with the boys completely toilet trained – baby wipes are always handy!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh my God, Grace! That would be hard. Forget the wipes, you deserve a medal for that!

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  25. Heather Lowden
    September 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I think disposable nappies are too darn comfortable. My boy just wanted to keep on playing, nappy does the job, draws the moisture away from the skin…..just what every kid wants. Thank goodness for the wonderful childcare worker who talked him out of nappies!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Oooh she sounds like a godsend. I agree, I think it’s good for them to get nudey or get into their undies and feel the sensation of weeing etc.

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  26. Jennifer B.
    September 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Keep the potty and something REALLY INTERESTING in the toilet. Take them in with you when you go (and maybe orchestrate the timing of your ‘visits’ too)… after all, kids LOVE to copy grown-ups!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Great advice, Jennifer. I love the idea of something really interesting in the toilet. Thanks.

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  27. Diana
    September 8, 2014 at 5:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Make it fun, make a game out of going to the potty, And lots of praise.
    Worked for us.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm (3 years ago)

      Sounds good to me, Diana! We are big on praise in this household too.

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  28. jody buhagiar
    September 8, 2014 at 9:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Top tip, not making it a big deal. They soon want to big and try on their own πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm (3 years ago)

      Good advice, Jody. I think having an older sibling show the way really helps too and makes them keen to be a big person πŸ™‚

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  29. Mick G
    September 8, 2014 at 9:45 pm (3 years ago)

    I stuck a picture with lots of fun animals in the bathroom and when the little one’s need to go to the toilet we say we’re off to the zoo to do a poo or need to see the animals for free and a wee. I know it sounds silly but it works for us

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Mick, I love it! I think we’re going to have to do that πŸ™‚

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  30. wendy dyson
    September 9, 2014 at 10:00 am (3 years ago)

    I found a trumpet for my son to blow as he sits on the potty most effective, toilet trained in 4 weeks.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol, Wendy. Another great idea. I hope you have lots of pictures of this to torment your son at his 21st!

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  31. sarah wallace
    September 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm (3 years ago)

    An old friend visited from overseas and asked Mr Two what he had in his hand. He said “poo” and promptly showed her! So my tip would be check for places other than the toilet where a toddler can keep “poo”!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm (3 years ago)

      OMG, Sarah!!!!! I bet you wanted to die with embarrassment πŸ™‚

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  32. Shelley@MoneyMummy
    September 10, 2014 at 6:27 am (3 years ago)

    I have two words Kinder and Surprise – that is the main currency in our house! πŸ™‚ Miss Money went through a phase of pooing in her pants – it was killing me but strangely enough was fixed by our dear friend Kinder Surprise! I know you are not supposed to bribe but when you are facing pooey undies everyday that rule got abandoned pretty quick!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 10, 2014 at 9:12 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol, Shelley!!! Sounds like desperate times called for desperate measures πŸ™‚

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  33. Skye
    September 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Don’t delay the inevitable, once they go at home a couple of times just throw the nappies away! When you go out, take them to the toilet when they leave, as soon as you get to the shops and before you leave. Basically take them all the time! hahaha

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Persistence pays off πŸ™‚

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  34. Charlotte
    September 11, 2014 at 12:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Introduce a doll they’ll love before toilet training stage… and make sure it’s one that comes with its own potty! Monkey see, monkey do!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Great idea, Charlotte!

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  35. Fi
    September 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Commence toilet training in the Spring/Summer when its quicker to dry any wet patches and little one is happy to run around with a bare bottom making it easier to train!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm (3 years ago)

      I think that’s really good advice, Fi. It’s much easier when you don’t have to worry about extra layers.

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