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:
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.
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.