Warning: This post talks about wee and poo a LOT!
I have to confess I was absolutely dreading potty training. The thought of my whole house covered in wee and poo accidents was breaking me out in cold sweats. I’m not sure why. I’ve changed nappies for 3 years, been covered in both plenty of times and without sounding too crude, Little Z has never wee’d like a burst water pipe so I didn’t really need to worry about the house being “covered”.
Nonetheless the whole turning 3 and “still not potty trained” thing has raised my stress levels a bit, with the added fact that he starts preschool in 2 months and I’m not sure what their stance is in that department.
So Day 1 started with us “just going for it” by taking Little Zs nappy off, putting him in big boy pants ready to place him on the potty every 15 minutes whilst secretly hoping he would just start going to the loo straight away like some children do.
My hopes were quickly dashed after discovering Little Z isn’t bothered by wet clothes one bit and rather enjoyed weeing on the floor and laughing, occasionally rubbing it into the floorboards with his socks. Joy. The 15 minute method is a good one but I think you have to be prepared for potential chaos the first day.
After many more refusals and repeated cries of “I no potty, I nice and clean!” and my nerves and energy levels hitting breaking point he did manage a couple of successes on the potty before I raised waved the white flag of his nappy and put it back on him by 6.30pm. I was then promptly asleep by 9.30pm (on New Year’s Eve!) and slept through all the fireworks. Probably not the best day to start but do you know how tiring it is to repeat “Do you need to wee?” every 10 minutes for about 12 hours?
Day 2 was a LOT less traumatic. Not because Little Z was any better, but because I finally took heed of the number 1 potty training tip; STAY CALM.
Little Z still enjoyed weeing on the floor a lot but did a few more on the potty, albeit prompted. He does keep demanding I put his nappy back on and I wonder how long it’s actually going to take us.
I have two months to crack this. It’s only wee and poo…it’s only wee and poo…it’s only…
Any tips out there?