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Roughly how long for potty training

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vanillacinamon Thu 25-Aug-11 16:04:55

OK, this is just to sound out views and obviously I totally realise it depends on the child, how ready they are for it etc etc
But - i have a very very few days annual leave from my job which I had blocked out for potty training and have been strong armed into doing something else for some of the days by someone which I am now in the middle of (resentfully!) doing.
So realistically next week I have two days (Thurs and Fri) as well as continuing into the weekend and Monday before my return to work on Tuesday 6 Sept in which to potty train. Thursday and Friday would be one on one me and my DD and the rest would be family which is more stressful as I also have to deal with my baby son and manage husbands expectations etc. Monday I have both of my children at home and Tuesday back at work.
In summary Thurs and Fri one on one attention from me on potty training, weekend the whole family so less undivided attention to my daughter for potty training and Monday my daughter and my son.
DD is ready for it in as much as she sometimes asks to do a wee on the toilet and potty and does them, but this is usually only once per day (when I have time to put her on the toilet) and the rest of the day i put her in nappies as it is more convenient for me (shame on me). She also has lots of knickers in her drawer and loves trying them on and "practicising" wearing them round her knees when she is on the potty/toilet. She is 2 and a half.

So my question is - do you think two days undivided attention is theoretically enough or woefully too short to hope she might get the hang of "anticipating" when she wants to go. She currently informs me immediately after she has done a wee (or that she is about to wee) but never that she is about to do a poo, just that she has done one and wants a "nappy change"

Have i blown it by not blocking out a whole week of annual leave to dedicate to this? Nursery help but are not totally dedicated to the cause (unsurprisingly)

mistlethrush Thu 25-Aug-11 16:19:26

I was planning a week off to deal with this when ds was 2.5 - but he beat me to it and we managed over a weekend - my mother was staying and helped - so went into pants on the Sat am and turned up at nursery with them (and plenty of changes of clothes just in case). We didn't stay in - potty went in the bottom of the buggy.

We did probably have the advantage that we used washables anyway. And we did start out with washable training pants for a while - which didn't catch everything but probably gave you 10 secs to get trousers down before everything soaked....

So... Good Luck!

mrsravelstein Thu 25-Aug-11 16:21:29

At the risk of being totally unhelpful, i think it's a really hard question to answer. ds1 was completely loo trained in less than 48 hours at 2.5 yrs. ds2, at exactly the same age, took closer to 6 weeks and even then he was still a bit unreliable.

PonceyMcPonce Thu 25-Aug-11 16:21:29

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mimimomma Thu 25-Aug-11 21:27:51

We've just done it with my dd (21 months). I started on Friday, had a day at home, mainly chasing her around the garden trying to catch her wee's. Then had husband around over the weekend to help, we went out both days briefly, and she had weeing accidents then, despite having a travel potty on standby. On Monday morning she had 1 accident (at the park), then by Tuesday which was day 5 (which was also her first day at nursery in pants) she's been dry.

Give it a go. Good luck!

nannyl Fri 26-Aug-11 08:15:17

id say most children who are actually ready are pretty reliable after a week, may be 2 weeks.

Some of the ready children get it within 2 or 3 days, where as others that are still ready, do take a bit longer.

You will have to try it and see smile

it may or may not work, but well worth a try.

I assume she is in childcare when you are work, so she may not have as much attention / focus on her and her potty training, (though id expect this less if she has a nanny or goes to a CM) so she may go backwards anyway, or she may not!

vanillacinamon Fri 26-Aug-11 13:34:20

thank you so much to everyone for replies - of course you are right it all depends on the child, how ready they are etc. I think she is ready but not yet at the "anticipation" stage (i.e informing me that she is about to go rather than that she is in the middle of or has just gone).
As you say i wil just have to give it a go. Yes she is in nursery tues to friday inclusive so gets less one on one attention then but the girls do try a bit and there are quite good toilet facilities allowing her to "take herself" (or with some help) once she gets the hang of it
Thank you again for taking the trouble to reply all of your posts are very helpful
i will just give it a go

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