Potty training - preparation.

(9 Posts)
Purplelooby Mon 24-Mar-14 14:59:44

I'm not into PTing early, I've always told my RL mum-friends that I would PT when and only when DS comes to me and asks to use the toilet. In truth I want PTing to be as easy as possible to if it means he's later PTing then who cares? Not me. Also, selfishly, he uses very cute cloth nappies and I'm not ready to give them up.

So imagine my horror when DS, 19 months, specifically asked to wee on the toilet. Anyway I asked him whether he wanted a nappy change and he said no, but when I asked him whether he wanted to wee on the toilet he said yes and got excited, so I took of his nappy and pants and dug out the trainer seat but he refused to sit on it. One nappy change and immediate wee later, I discovered that DS has been watching Daddy wee and of course that's what he wanted to do.

I'm not going to PT him now, we've got a new baby and frankly I'm not ready and don't truly think DS is either, but I'd like to do some preparation work so that when we do start, maybe in 6 months or so, it goes smoothly. The thing is that we've had a potty in the bathroom for ages (we put it there so he could get used to it when he felt interested) and while he will put his teddies on it occassionally, he point blank won't sit on it and gets upset if I try to sit him on it (clothed I mean). What pre-PT did you do to get your LO ready?

PolterGoose Mon 24-Mar-14 18:04:19

We marked the day on the calendar with a cut out pair of pants and declared it 'Pants Day'. My ds has a disabilty so we were a fair bit later than you but the principle is the same. I bought an all in one toilet seat which had a trainer seat attached for stability. I also got a very sturdy 2 step wooden step thing so his legs werent dangling. He needed to feel very secure. I bought cheap tiny plastic bugs and individually wrapped them in tissue paper, these were 'potty presents' and sat in a transparent plastic jar in the cistern which one reward every time he got a wee in the toilet.

PolterGoose Mon 24-Mar-14 18:06:43

Oh, and loads of pants, he had 13 accidents on day one, then it reduced drastically quickly. Joggers tucked into socks are good at preventing wee going everywhere when accidents inevitably happen. Our deal wrh accidents was that ds had to go straight to the washing machine and strip off, I'd give him a wipe and get him re-dressed. No fuss, no blame, matter of fact.

Purplelooby Mon 24-Mar-14 19:51:10

LOVE the joggers idea. I'll get stocking up! DS has very short legs (he's between the 2nd and 9th for height but also has proportionally short legs) so I will need something really high for his feet to touch it. So you sort of had a date planned out in advance?

Purplelooby Mon 24-Mar-14 19:51:36

My date is: when I can't put it off any longer.

PolterGoose Mon 24-Mar-14 19:58:55

My ds is short too! But he was nearly 4 when we did it.

I had a step something like this and a toilet seat a bit like this

We planned it in advance as ds has an ASD and needs lots of planning and preparation. Bizarrely, the day we started he became instantly dry at night, it was weird.

SarniaCherie Mon 24-Mar-14 21:15:54

We started off with DS just doing a wee into the toilet before bath time, he would be naked already and if it splashed around he was going straight in the bath anyway. Ensure you've got a decent plastic footstool, I prefer the sturdy ones to the fold-up type, they rarely stand still on them.
I also put an extra floormat around the base of the toilet. I used a large sheet of plastic/vinyl tablecloth and cut it to size to fit a decent area around the loo. Also children's picture books about potty training are useful. We had a Pop-Up Potty book.

Purplelooby Mon 24-Mar-14 21:21:19

I've wondered about those books.I Are they any good? Any particular one better than others? DS loves his bath wee, he thinks it's very funny!!

SarniaCherie Wed 26-Mar-14 20:37:32

Both my DS & DD loved The Pop Up Potty book by Marianne Bogardt. It's available on Amazon. I liked it as it was gender neutral and not too twee.. The popups are genius too. I love the run to the potty pull-tab and the potty contents being put down the loo grin

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