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No Nappies Day 3 - enthusiastic but wee EVERYWHERE - give up?? Soldier on??

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stirlingstar Mon 12-Oct-09 20:06:33

What wins - enthusiasm or success??

DS1 is 2.8. Been keen on the idea of potty training since the early summer - I think prompted by seeing others at nursery doing it. And also keen on idea of being a 'big boy' vs his 9 mo brother.

So we've been practising sitting on the potty etc, and he often (not always) was telling us when he had a wet or dirty nappy and wanted changing.

Then tried No Nappies since Saturday (so today was day 3). He's been v good at sitting on the potty - has been on and off loads. Sometimes because he says he thinks a wee is coming, sometimes because I've prompted him to try after a gap. However, have had only two wees in potty, both on first day. Today he held everything in from 7am (wet his nappy just after waking) until 3pm (large puddle on playroom carpet). Oh and we did get a poo half in the toilet later this afternoon - after no poo for 2.5 days I think it was pretty urgent shock. He's still OK about sitting on potty, and I've stayed calm and positive. He says he wants to try again tomorrow.

Is 3 days of zero success a sign that we should stop, or is enthusiasm a sign to carry on?

whomovedmychocolate Mon 12-Oct-09 20:09:12

What do you mean zero success. He's done some wees in the loo. The aim is not to get it right every time at first but to be going in the right direction and it sounds like you are both doing that.

Have you considered getting a timer that dings every half hour so you remember to remind him?

Sounds like he's doing really well!

stirlingstar Mon 12-Oct-09 20:14:38

Thanks. Maybe 'zero' success is a bit harsh. I was meaning that he hasn't yet done a wee that he seemed to be in control of the timing of.

We've been using the cooker or phone timer as a reminder, but it's not really the timing - often has an accident soon after a potty attempt. I think it's that he can do the 'hold it in' but not the 'let it out' control.

jobhuntersrus Mon 12-Oct-09 20:19:50

a tip my hv gave me was to let them blow bubbles with bubble mix while sat on the potty. They have to relax the appropriate muscles apparently when they blow.

stirlingstar Mon 12-Oct-09 20:21:29

Hadn't heard of that trick before - thanks. Will try tomorrow.

stirlingstar Thu 15-Oct-09 12:04:29

OK - so now it's day 6. Still lots of enthusiasm, but no controlled wees. Have caught a few in the potty - but not surprising considering the hours he's spent sitting on it (cos he's allowed to watch DVD episodes or gets a full attention book read to him while he's on there).

The bubbles didn't really work.

Am just getting confused by conflicting advice I've read. He shows all the 'ready signs', continues to want to do it, but I've also read that if they don't 'get' it in 2/3 days then stop. Should I just be chilling and carry on with the sitting on empty potty / cleaning up the floor routine?

blondemumma Thu 15-Oct-09 14:57:24

It's still early days. My DS 2.6 and we are on Day 11. He now does pretty much every wee in the potty and often of his own accord but yday for example, he deliberately wee'd on the floor. I gave him a good talking to (calmly but sternly) and he hasn't done it since.

A big problem is nursery - last week he just wee'd his pants when he couldn't hold it in anymore. He just won't go on their little loos or his own potty that we've taken in. We think he's generally happy there - he's been going 2 days a week for nearly 2 years - but there have been a lot of staff changes recently, think this has unsettled him.

His communication is brilliant, and I know he understands exactly what to do - hence we are persevering. You will know if he's ready, and once you've started, it's worth persevering - it's gotta happen sometime!

Good luck!

miffin Mon 19-Oct-09 18:59:47

Carry on! Any wee not in a nappy is a success - you praise and it helps him to learn. Seems a terrible shame to go back now. Good luck!

miffin Mon 19-Oct-09 19:07:11

Carry on! Any wee not in a nappy is a success - you praise and it helps him to learn. Seems a terrible shame to go back now. Good luck!

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