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Spent about 50 quid on potties now - help!

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mumtojohn Mon 29-Aug-11 21:03:13

DS is 2.8 and we are one week into potty training. He's doing great - asks to go, holds it in during car rides, goes for a wee in the potty even when he's about to go to bed (and into a nappy), hates having accidents etc.

Problem is that he sits down to wee and the wees keeps spurting/dribbling over the side of the potty (sometimes going everywhere BUT the potty). We end up with soaking clothes that I need to change even though there hasn't actually been an accident.

Have a Mothercare one, a cheap pound shop one, the Baby Bjorn one, a Tommee Tippee one...the last two were reco'ed by mums of boys, but they've been no better for us.

For the last few wees, I have been getting him to push his willy downwards, straight south into the bottom of the potty, and so far it is working, but I feel like it's a lot for him to take in as it is. Could of course get him to stand to wee (which eventually he will need to do anyway) but he doesn't want to. He's doing so well it seems mean to suddenly change the rules so early on, particularly as standing isn't something he wants to do yet. Ditto using an actual toilet.

Wondered if anyone else has encountered this.

fidelma Mon 29-Aug-11 22:24:41

Oh yes make sure it is pointing down!

susiedaisy Mon 29-Aug-11 22:29:30

Did you say fifty quid bloody hell potties have gone up since my kids needed them, we just borrowed several off of friends, sounds like you are doing all the right things just takes time, I put potties on a towel, so wee didn't get all over floor, but as for trousers/skirts/ tights they do get splashed unfortunately

pullinghairout Tue 30-Aug-11 15:39:19

I feel your pain!!

My DS is exactly the same, we have the froggy potty and this has a high front and we still have this problem, we just tell him to push his willy down and he seems to be getting the hang of this, though not perfect!

We did buy a potty from mothercare as a second potty but we put him on it and his willy hung over the edge, so I passed this on to my nephew, who is a lot smaller in comparison to my DS who is big for his age!

I do find putting him straight on the toilet is best (with no insert) as he doesnt seem to wee everywhere then, maybe give that a try?

dilys4trevor Tue 30-Aug-11 21:30:16

Thanks everyone (just changed my nickname as I've got two boys now so 'mumtojohn' seemed a bit unfair! So now I am named after a potential romance from our fave TV programme...).

It looks like I should have just realised that 'willy pointing down' is something you have to make sure is going on with boys! I must say that we've had no spillages since he's been pushing his willy down, altho I do have to remind him each time and I had to get his nursery to remind him today. All good now though.

I think I might leave it a week or two before trying to get him onto the loo itself. We go to the loo after every wee or poo to flush it away (which he does himself) so maybe that will get him used to it.

Thanks all.

olibeansmummy Tue 30-Aug-11 22:17:38

Yep just always remind him to 'push his willy down' everytime he goes on the potty smile

MrsRhettButler Tue 30-Aug-11 22:21:26

How tall is he? Could you just miss out the potty altogether and get a little step for him to use the toilet?

I didn't really do a potty with dd I just put her straight on the loo!

coccyx Tue 30-Aug-11 22:21:55

never got on with a potty, son prefers to get on toilet, but yes, willy down!

wonkylegs Sun 04-Sep-11 22:42:43

We found it a huge problem with potties for our DS even getting it pointing down was difficult as a lot of potties and training seats just were a bit tight in sitting area / splash guard bit. Found no problem with the ikea cheap one www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/70141228 ... £1.99 , we've got 1 for upstairs, 1 downstairs & 1 for nursery (they had the same problem with him at nursery despite having loads of different types)
I don't know if it's the way he sits or that he's got a big bum but it's ok with this potty

dilys4trevor Mon 05-Sep-11 11:11:16

Thanks wonkylegs. We seem to be getting on alright at the moment with remembering to point our willy down (still some spillage when he's desperate).

Next time I'm in Ikea I will get one. Can't beat it at that price!

TeaTowelQueen Wed 14-Sep-11 13:58:51

Can second all the above advice, my DS wouldn't do the standing up thing until I spent a day looking after one of his friends who did - I saw my DS watch carefully and then he just started doing it standing up and not looked back! Glad that peer pressure sometimes has a positive effect!!

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