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Someone patient and good at archive searches - toilet training tips plz!

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fastasleep Fri 15-Jul-05 19:39:10

I'm too zonked to search the archives can someone really really kind post links to some of the myriad 'how to start toilet training' threads...

I'm toying with the idea..

Fran1 Fri 15-Jul-05 19:42:30

No good at searching archives but...

The most important thing is do it when the child is ready - then its easy!

Since my dd was just over 1 i kept a potty in the bathroom and if she wanted to sit on it she could.

Then as we got closer to two, i gave her time without a nappy on and kept a potty nearby and told her to do a wee there if she needed.

She did lots of wees everywhere but the potty and started to learn about what wee is and where it goes.

Then she did her first wee on potty and got enormous praise, which continued each time and she just led from there. Nappies got used less and less until we both felt brave enough to venture into the big wide world with knickers!


lalaa Fri 15-Jul-05 19:57:42

lots of bribery ('special treat = three chocolate buttons for each time dd used the potty) also - sticker chart.

lots of patience

don't get cross (difficult when knackered)

potty in front of tv to start with!

if it's clearly not working, don't push it.

wait until he/she is really really ready then it doesn't take much time.

take advantage of the good weather and do it outside.

get everyone on board with you (dh, childcare, any other carers like grandparents).

lots of praise (we rang daddy at work and left a long message about first poo in potty which he said was the funniest, best one he'd ever had).

keep asking whether they want to go, and if it's been a while, even if they say no, insist they have a 'go'.

get them interested in what happens in the toilet first. dd still loves the fact that 'daddy's having a poo'.

nappies on for sleeps

that's a start anyway.
good luck (it's fab not having to buy so many nappies!)

fastasleep Fri 15-Jul-05 20:05:47

I think DS might be a tiny bit too young! But when my MIL (she's the nice type) saw how he gets his changing mat out before he poos then poos, and points at the mat... she said she thought I should try him with his potty... I'm nervous! I think he knows the toilet is for wee-wee cos he comes in with me! maybe I'll start leaving the potty in there and see if he acts like he wants to join in...

Thanks for the tips!

mandyc66 Fri 15-Jul-05 20:45:39

my only advice is DONT train!!!! Let the child take the lead then you will find it plain sailing...i hope!!!

lilaclotus Fri 15-Jul-05 20:47:02

go cold turkey when they're ready

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