Big M is pretty much potty trained. I say pretty much, because we haven’t taken the plunge and gone nappy-less at night yet. She’s ready, but we’re not. It’s just a case of putting a stair gate at the top of the stairs though, so we should really get on and do it. Following on from my highly informative guides to new borns and toddlers, I felt it was time to share my wisdom on (daytime) potty training.
* Stickers are excellent rewards for full potties
* Current exchange rate: 1 regular sticker for a wee, 2 regular or 1 shiny sticker for a poo (rates are subject to change on a whim of supervising parent)
* A toddler who looks you in the eye whilst turning red and saying “me no do poo poo” is, in fact, not telling the truth.
* There will be a whole lot of extra washing
* Choosing the right time to potty train depending on family needs/commitments is a good idea
* Your toddler will scupper these plans by being ready before, or not being ready when you are
* It’s best to go with the toddler
* Disposable change mats are your sofa’s best friend
* There is a delay between getting number 1’s and number 2’s in the potty/toilet
* If you are weak stomached, you soon won’t be
* It will happen eventually, so keep calm and carry on
* Once you can trust your child to tell you when they need to go, it is liberating
* Even when they are potty trained, always ALWAYS take a spare pair of pants/trousers/socks out with you. Just. In. Case.