Potty / toilet training is still going well (I first wrote about it here). Seren is becoming more confident at going to the toilet by herself and is also better at holding on when we are out until we get to a public loo. She hasn’t quite grasped the concept of ‘going’ before we leave the house “whether you need it or not”. I suppose having just learnt the triggers of needing to go, telling her to override that doesn’t make sense yet. Hugely annoying though when we have days like we did on Monday when 2 minutes after leaving the house we turn back again so she can do a wee. And then 2 minutes after leaving toddler group the same thing happens…
Anyway, like with many stages of parenting (and perhaps life) we forked out on some “must have” potty training products and some worked better for us than others. Looking at the picture above this is the most overwhelmingly pink post on LS&M yet but hey, know your audience and in trying to entice Seren to use the potty, the pink worked. Here are our star buys:
1 – Princess Polly’s Potty – a potty training story book for girls. Seren enjoyed reading this in the run up to training. It’s the story of how Princess Polly undertakes potty training and the book has an annoying sound button that toddlers will love. There is a Pirate Pete version for boys. I’m not usually one for “girls” and “boys” things but you can’t deny there are key physiological differences here! Of course not all girls want to be princesses. Not all boys want to be pirates. Not all parents want to read books with drawings of poo in them but there you go.
2 – Huggies Pull-Ups. These were invaluable in our “in between” phase of having left nappies behind but not being quite ready for pants. We told Seren that these were big girl princess pants (they are slimline nappies that you put on as if they were pants) and they helped to build her confidence by a) not wearing baby nappies anymore yet b) protecting her (and the floor) from accidents. We still use them at night time and probably will for a while yet. Pull-Ups are Disney branded with Princesses and Minnie Mouse for the girls’ nappies and Cars for the boys. Seren enjoys seeing which character is on her Pull-Up each night.
3 – A pink potty – we started with a potty before moving on to the toilet. The potty phase only lasted about a month and we found this basic, cheap potty from Kiddicare did the job. We got one for upstairs and one for downstairs. They had to be pink though.
4 – We let Seren choose some pants to buy and started putting them on over her nappies sometimes. Then we put them on all her soft toys to get her used to the idea.
5 – Flushable toddler wipes like these Earth Friendly Kids wipes, make bottom wiping easier for you and them. Remember to seek out flushable ones though unless you want a blocked waste pipe!
6 – Potette Plus Convertible Travel Potty – I can’t tell you how much I love this! It’s a collapsable travel potty with disposable liners that can also be used as a training seat on top of a toilet seat. Super handy for car journeys or in the park or on the beach. The liners aren’t cheap but we are still using a pack we bought 3 months ago. My only criticism is that there is a real knack to getting the legs into place and the potty collapses if you are rushing and haven’t done it correctly. I hold it in place now when Seren sits on it just to make sure.
7 – Pink training seat for home. We found this was necessary in encouraging Seren away from the potty and onto the toilet. At first she really thought she would fall into the toilet so this helped her to feel safe. Again we found a simple (cheap) one like this one from Toysrus to be OK.
8 – A stool. Another Toysrus buy. Useful in enabling toilet going and hand washing independence.
9 – Chocolate buttons! Our secret weapon. We really turned a corner when we added in chocolate rewards though that could’ve been a coincidence. Or your child might respond well to reward charts and stickers.
I also wanted to mention Dry Like Me Toilet Training Pads which are a pant liner that will absorb small accidents. I bought some but never managed to get Seren to use them, a friend swears by them though.
Happy potty training (!)
Disclaimer: we were gifted Huggies Pull-Ups at the recent event we attended but if we didn’t love them I wouldn’t write about them here. Everything else has been bought or borrowed!