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to wonder why parents potty train rather than toilet train?

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choceyes · 29/04/2013 15:12

I'm in the process of toilet training my 2.7yrs old DD. Straight on to the toilet. She's doing great, only a week from starting training and 5 days of no accidents.
I never got the concept or usefulness of a potty (luckily neither DC did either). How do you clean it out? In the sink? With wipes? It's all a bit yeuk whichever way.

I overheard a conversation between some mums in a toddler group last week about how they are having difficult going from potty to toilet. Why not just use toilet from the start? I really don't get it.
Even the HV, when I went to the 2yr check up said to put her on the potty and when I said I put them straight on the toilet she said, no put them on the potty.
What am I missing?

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pumpkinsweetie · 30/04/2013 02:19

Because the big toilet can seem daunting to little bums and potties are portable.
I think the toilet is best introduced when the child is confident, sometimes straight away for some and for others not for a while.

mathanxiety · 30/04/2013 02:38

Went straight to the toilet, with a clip on soft toddler size seat and a step stool. I bought a potty for using on long car trips and put it in the trainee's bedroom near the night light for nighttime emergencies. I used floating tissue paper targets for DS, and bits of breakfast cereal. He liked it so much he decided he wanted to be a fireman about the same time he was training. The size of the clip on seat meant nobody was afraid of falling in. We had a big rigmarole about waving off poo to the party it was going to with all the other poos that the DCs were most enthusiastic about. One of them wanted to join the poo. They all trained at about the 2.5 mark.

sashh · 30/04/2013 07:42

Stairs taking time.
Outside toilet.
having to keep an eye on a new born and toilet being upstairs / down a corridor.
child scared of toilet.

Oh and putting a potty in a bedroom so they can 'go' in the night without needing to leave their room.

hufflebottom · 30/04/2013 10:57

potty for downstairs and if we were out/travelling ages from toilets, and used the toilet upstairs and when we were out and close to toilets.

now dd uses the toilet and has the potty in her room at night as we have to put a gate on her room at night in case she decides she's going to sleep walk.

Tee2072 · 30/04/2013 11:00

Because the toilet at home terrifies my son, although he'll use the smaller ones at school.

Because some of that terror is caused by his SN.

Because I wanted to.

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