- cold turkey nappies off all day and night
- stick by your child's side ALL day long (if you're more than 2 metres away you're too far) and watch them non-stop (if you're checking your phone then you're not paying enough attention apparently...)
- don't put them on the potty on a schedule and don't ask if they need to go, just keep reminding them "don't forget when you need to wee/poop tell mummy so we can run to the potty" and remind them of this non-stop
- praise them a lot
A warning – D did go through a 24 hour phase of trying to poop all the time just so he earned more chocolate… After that we quickly established ground rules that only proper sized poops got chocolate, small ones did not!
|The first Frozen chocolate bar he won!|
- don't start when you're also looking after a baby, especially if they're teething and cranky
- make sure you have enough milk and bread in the house as once you start you can’t really leave for at least 48 hours… (thank you to my brother who did an emergency shop for me!)
- think carefully before you bribe with chocolate!
- visit Poundland for cheap treats
- don't keep asking if they need to go, just remind them to let you know when they want to
- have a stinky song you can sing (either while waiting for one, or afterwards – you can choose!) - something to distract them and/or encourage them
- don't bother with trousers for the 3 days. You're only at home so just stick with pants as it is one less layer to remove
- stock up on pants from somewhere like Primark or Asda. Firstly you need at least 12 pairs and if they're cheap and a particularly nasty accident occurs then you can bin them with a clear conscience!
- buy a potty with a removal insert. Waaaaay easier to clean one like that. Trust me.
- choose pants that your child will like. Now is not the time for subtle colour coordinating with outfits. This is the time for brightly coloured Peppa pants or dinosaur pants. Or in our case minion ones - if your toddler wants to wear the pants then that's 90% of the job done!
Hmmm maybe Iz is not that helpful to have around... ;)
- Have a few stock phrases for when they think they need the potty but nothing happens… you definitely don’t want to discourage them so I said things like "maybe stinky's not ready yet" and "maybe he'll come in a few minutes" as I didn’t want to deter him from going back to the potty a few minutes later if he needed to
- At the moment D nearly always needs a wee now once he's in bed and supposed to be going to sleep. Although some will say it’s a stalling tactic, we're just rolling with it for now as it is true, he does, and we want to encourage him to tell us and definitely don’t want him to think it’s ok to lounge around in a damp nappy anymore
- There are a few times I am more "directive" in my asking about potty use. One is if we're going out somewhere (in which case it is compulsory trying-to-do-a-wee first) or if he's dancing around the room clutching himself - then I figure he needs a gentle reminder! Lol.
|Yep it's your turn next my little minion...|