I always had the Christmas holidays earmarked for finally cracking this potty and toilet training business. We made good progress over summer, introducing the little lady to the concept of using the potty and toilet which I wrote about in our tips for stress free toilet training, but hadn’t really done much since. There was a false start in the autumn, with the little lady at nursery and us at work full time it didn’t really go too well so we decided to wait until we had some decent time off together to really give it a go. Potty and toilet training takes patience, perseverance and consistency, and in total it took us eight days but we finally cracked it and im really proud of our little lady. Here are our potty training diaries from those eight days;
Boxing day. Our first free day post Christmas and the first opportunity we have to stay at home all day. The day starts well enough with the first wee in the potty, but is followed later on by a wee on the floor. A 50% success rate on the first day is better than I thought it would be, although I am slightly worried about how little our little one must be drinking for her to do so few wees. Her average is usually around 6-7!
Floor: 2 / Potty: 2
The day starts well with a wee in the potty, but swiftly goes downhill from there. We have family around for our second Christmas dinner of the year which takes some of our focus off of potty training during the day. We have three quick successions of wees, one at the dinner table during the middle of lunch and another two shortly after on the kitchen floor. I cant help but think that the little lady just isn’t getting this potty training thing. We refocus when our guests leave and introduce a chocolate reward system which unsurprisingly works really well. The little lady decides to christen her potty with a poo for the first time and its claps, high fives and chocolates all round!
Floor: 3 / Potty: 2
The day starts badly with two wees before the potty sees any action, one of which was on the floor at our local Marks and Spencers. Fab. Once we got home the little lady took a new approach which involved her sitting on the potty indefinitely in front of the tv. After reminding her that she only needed to sit on it when she needed to use it, she regained her confidence and started to tell us again when she needed to use it. After that we had six visits to the potty throughout the day. We also moved to a toy reward system realising that the chocolate reward system may become problematic for us later down the line. It finally feels like we’re starting to make progress!
Floor: 2 / Potty: 6
The day gets off to a good start with the little lady’s first morning wee in the potty rather than her Pull Ups which we have been putting her in overnight still. She seems a lot more confident, comfortable and relaxed. It finally feels like she is remembering to use the potty when she needs to rather than us having to prompt her every now and then. We only have one small accident on the kitchen floor in the afternoon and the potty sees the rest of the days action.
Floor: 1 / Potty: 6
To start the day off we have a big morning wee on our lovely cream carpet. Not a good start. But the little lady gets back on track throughout the day and we even manage to venture out for the day without any accidents. Even after she manages to finish a whole milkshake at lunch. There is a small accident back at home later in the evening, but otherwise we’re still making very good progress. Seriously proud of our little lady.
Floor: 2 / Potty: 5
Today has been a very mixed day of successes and complete misses. By the time we get to 7pm we call it a day and reach for the Pull Ups. We probably should persevere, but it just felt like one of those days where it probably isn’t going to get any better. With a more than a handful of wee’s on the rug and a poo in situ, we decide we may as well start again tomorrow.
Floor: 4 / Potty: 7
She did it! Our big girl has had her first potty training day with no accidents! After such a mixed day yesterday its a delight to finally see the little lady have achieve a full day of potty and toilet training without any accidents. Shes had such a great day from start to finish, I think we may finally be there!
Floor: 0 / Potty: 6
We had another full day of potty and toilet training with no accidents. It’s great to see that yesterday wasnt a fluke and that actually the little lady has properly made the transition from Pull Ups to the potty and toilet. It’s such a great achievement and actually wasnt as challenging as I thought it would be after dreading it for so long, im so proud of our little lady.
Floor: 0 / Potty: 7
I’m sure we will still have days where we have the odd accident here and there, but on the whole it feels like we’re there now. The little lady understands the concept of using the potty and the toilet and is confident enough to tell us when she needs to use them, even when we’re away from home. I’m so pleased that we’ve been able to spend quality time focusing on this over the Christmas and New Year break. Hopefully we’ve laid a really good foundation for her that she can continue at nursery before we move on to getting her dry through the nights!
Are you thinking of potty or toilet training your little one soon, or have you just finished? What’s your experience or expectations of your little one?