The Potty Training Diaries 

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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;


Day 1.

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


Day 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


Day 3.

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


Day 4.

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


Day 5.

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


Day 6.

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


Day 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


Day 8.

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?

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
A Cornish Mum


  1. The Speed Bump
    January 9, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    Fab! Well done you and well done to your little lady! We’re about to start potty training and it’s the most daunting milestone so far – SB is 21 months so fingers crossed she’ll take to it quickly. SHe likes sitting on her potty to watch Paw Patrol and eat her dinner – crossing my fingers she’ll enjoy weeing and pooing on it too! Chocolate bribery training may be the way forwards 😉 #KCACOLS
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 10, 2016 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you, so pleased with our little one. It was definitely the most daunting milestone for me too, but it was nowhere as difficult or challenging as I thought it would be. Dont overthink it, im sure it will be easier/better than you think 🙂

  2. January 10, 2016 / 4:28 am

    Congratulations! 🙂 We haven’t reached that stage yet, though I have to admit to dreading it a little! #KCACOLS
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 10, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Thanks! I was really dreading it too, but it wasnt anywhere as bad as I thought it would be. My advice, dont over think it, just find a time/date to start and go for it 🙂

  3. January 10, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Oh fantastic! It’s great when they get the hang of it pretty quick. And it is interesting how you have jotted down how many accidents nad how many times in the potty. Well done x
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 10, 2016 / 10:00 pm

      Thanks, so pleased that we got there in the end. There have definitely been moments when I have thought she wasnt getting it. I didnt plan to note down the accidents vs potty, it was really by chance but I realised when I looked back over the first day how interesting and useful it actually would be to track it. So glad I did as it was really helpful and definitely showed us how much progress we were making 🙂

  4. January 10, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Yey! From reading this post I have in my head that it’ll take about a week to potty train. We’re another year off it yet i think. He’s only 19 months (nearly) #KCACOLS
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    • My Petit Canard
      January 10, 2016 / 9:54 pm

      I’d say give or take a few days that probably is about right. I know people that have done it slightly quicker and those that have taken slightly longer. Definitely start when you know you’ll have the time to dedicate to it, its definitely not a weekend jobby! Good luck for when you do start! 🙂

  5. Helen
    January 10, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    Good luck! Sounds like it is going well. We are doing the same, having started over Christmas. It’ll be worth it at the end. #KCACOLS

    • My Petit Canard
      January 10, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks! Same to you! We’ve had a little bit of regression since the little lady went back to nursery this week, but I think we’ve managed to get her back on track this weekend (touch wood, fingers crossed!). Its definitely worth it though 🙂

    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks, I’d love to read how others get on so if you blog about it too, then please do send me the link. Until then, good luck with the journey and getting there 🙂

  6. January 11, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Oh reading this takes me back! I do remember both of mine regressing at points just when I thought I had it nailed and went without a change of clothes was their usual method. Hope she keeps it up, well done. Thanks for linking to #Picknmix x

    • My Petit Canard
      January 11, 2016 / 9:02 pm

      Thanks, there are definitely still the odd moments where we have small regressions. Cant wait till they days that we dont have to carry around loads of spare changes and check if she needs to go to the toilet every now and then!

  7. January 12, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    Well done Emily!! You have definitely taught her the foundation of potty training. Of course there will always be regressions especially when they get ill or when you travel or if they get constipated, etc but then you start again and they will come back to what they learned already. For me the most difficult part was and still is the nights! Bella still have accidents sometimes which is a nightmare. Apparently you can’t teach your child how to control their bladder as this is a physical development. Some kids takes more time than others. It is not an issue until they are up to 8 yo so we hope to get this sorted before that. Fingers crossed! Good luck with the potty training. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x

    • My Petit Canard
      January 14, 2016 / 10:38 pm

      Thanks Franca, I sure hope so! We are definitely off to a good start, but as you say, im sure there will be times when there are regressions. The next thing is definitely the nights that we need to work on. I had no idea that this isnt something you can neccesarily teach, thank you for sharing, its so important that we are aware in case this is something that takes a while (as I am expecting it may!). As with most things, it is about patience with little ones.. Im sure Bella will get there in her own time, she is still very young still also :-). Emily x

  8. A Cornish Mum
    January 14, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Aw you all did so well! There is definitely something to be said for waiting until they are definitely ready 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    • My Petit Canard
      January 14, 2016 / 11:19 pm

      Thanks, I agree! It would have been nice if she was dry a little earlier, but it was the right time for her and us as a family. Plus, I get as long as you get there in the end, it doesnt really matter when it is 🙂

  9. January 15, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    Fab! Well done on cracking it all in just 8 days. Im at the beginning of the process, just starting to introduce the concept of the potty. I tried a few months ago but it just wasn’t happening. This time looks a little better but I’m not fully surely he’s quite ready yet, but time will tell. We have been watching some videos on YouTube and talking about it all but I’m scouring the Internet for blog posts on it because I’m just stumped at how to go about things! Ill head off to read that other post you linked. 🙂 Ray xx

  10. January 16, 2016 / 9:50 am

    I wrote a day by day diary complete with floor/potty scores when Tin Box Tot started toilet training. It really helped to track progress as some days it can feel like you’ve got nowhere at all. That first day when there are no accidents is fantastic. We’re quite a few months on now and there is still the odd accident but only when there are a lot of distractions. It’s a long journey. Good luck with the rest of yours! X #KCACOLS
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  11. Heather
    March 21, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    I’ve just come across your post on Pinterest and its really interesting as I feel we may be having a similar journey! My LG has just turned two but in the run up she has been taking to using the potty without asking and has successfully gone on it a few times. However shes still not a great communicator so she doesnt let us know other times when she needs to go, so I feel it may be another few months before she’s really ready and we’ll finally get to crack it! I’m pinning your posts though for when we are at that crucial moment!!

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