A few months ago I decided it was time to see if Holly was ready for potty training. She was two and half years old and this was around the time I potty trained Alice. Not that it really matters, as every child is different and it’s not really connected to their age.
It’s at moments like this that I’m really grateful to have my blog, as I wrote my Potty Training Tips and it was brilliant to remind myself!
Holly hadn’t showed any real signs of potty training that they tell you about in books, but then neither did Alice so that didn’t put me off.
We started at the weekend when Andy was home too and we were like a tag team. One of us going out with Alice, whilst the other one stayed home with Holly. Thankfully it was a nice weekend and we could at least go in the garden.
Over the course of the weekend we did not have 1 success, it was pretty soul destroying constantly cleaning up the accidents. But of course remaining happy and saying that it doesn’t matter and try again next time. She just didn’t seem to grasp the concept.
We ventured out once to the bluebell woods and took our My Carry Potty with us, we asked her if she needed to go, she even sat on the potty. She didn’t go and two minutes later wet herself.
It was then the start of half term and the plan had been to use it to get Holly dry, so that I didn’t have to worry about the school run. But by the middle of day 4 and no real progress being made, I decided to abort it.
When you are in the middle of potty training and there is no improvement, then really why would you battle on. I know that some people do and if that’s their choice then fine. But for me I know from experience with Alice that the number 1 thing for potty training is timing. If they are not ready, then stop. It will take you longer to get them dry if you carry on, than if you wait and try later.
We’re now a couple of months later and Holly has really started to show signs that she understands it more now. When I decided to stop potty training, Holly did not want to go back into nappies so I had to rush out and buy pull ups. At least a couple of times a day she will tell us she needs the toilet and we take her. She seems to be bypassing the potty stage and just wants to sit on the toilet with a toilet seat on it.
It’s about 50/50 whether she actually goes or not. But it’s definitely progressing and the fact that she knows the sensation and what to do is brilliant. We’ve had number ones and twos as well!
I decided that I would try again until after we had our camping trip, which has now passed and also my parents meeting with Holly’s preschool teacher, as I wanted to ask her thoughts. I met with Holly’s preschool teacher last week and she said exactly what happens at home. She asks now and they take her, sometimes she goes and other times she doesn’t.
I think it’s time to try again and see how she gets on…wish me luck!