Posts tagged potty training
With potty training in full swing with MissB, we are always looking for products that make life just that little bit easier. Whereas the potty training itself has been quite easy, getting MissB used to washing her hands after each visit can be a chore. You see there is so much more to life than hand washing and little MissB would much rather just run off to play with her toys. When I was asked if I’d like to try out the Dettol No Touch Handwashing System I thought we’d give it go, after all it might add a bit more excitement to the handwashing routine for MissB.
“Household brand, Dettol, has upgraded the livery on its No Touch Hand Wash System in celebration of Her Majesty’s 60th year on the throne, and is now sporting smart and attractive Union Jack packaging that will look great on every kitchen shelf in the land. Stunningly smart and cool with its new Union Jack removable skin – this clever item automatically dispenses soap in to your hands to kill 99.9% of bacteria, helping to stop the spread of bacteria and care for your family’s hands. The soap dispenser will help maintain a healthy hand washing routine in the key places where hygienic habits can make a big difference, such as the kitchen and bathroom. And with so much of our heritage tied up in preparing and eating food it’s important to keep hands germ-free for and during food preparation.”
Our downstairs loo is now looking fit for the queen and MissB has decided she rather likes washing her hands after all! The only problem is getting her to stop washing her hands! I think if she could, she would spend half her day just getting more soap on her hands from the dispenser, she thinks it’s magic In fact I now have the whole family queuing up to wash their hands
Dettol are currently running a competition over on their Facebook page to win a limited edition jubilee no touch system so why not head on over and enter
Well potty training is still going great! MissB is wearing pants 90% of the time but she is still wearing pull ups when we go out. Even so she is very reluctant to wet herself and tries her hardest to wait until she has an opportunity to use the potty. We were recently sent a My Carry Potty from Cheeky Rascals to review and this has been a godsend over the last couple of weeks.
Anyone who has been through potty training already will remember the panic when you hear “want a wee wee” at the most awkward time possible when you are out. Even when wearing pull ups MissB gets upset if she can’t just do a wee wee then and there bless her. The My Carry Potty is now an essential part of our going out kit! Whenever we hear those words now we just have to find somewhere quiet to pull over if driving (obviously road safety is important and we don’t pull up on hard shoulders of motorways etc) or a quiet corner or toilet to nip into to use her potty. It really has saved us a considerable amount of stress over the last few weeks! MissB is so much happier going out knowing that she doesn’t need to wet herself as she almost always has a potty within reach I don’t think it will be long until we ditch the pull ups whilst out and move to pants seeing as they are rarely wet anymore.
I admit when I first saw the potty, I was concerned it looked a little on the small side compared to MissB’s other potties but the minute I showed it MissB when she got home from nursery she said “want a wee wee in it” and so it was christened within 2 minutes of her seeing it lol. If the size didn’t bother MissB then it certainly shouldn’t bother me lol.
What MissB loves about her My Carry Potty is that she can carry it around and it is hers She loves sitting in the boot of our car to use it and she loves taking it everywhere with her. It’s light to carry and small enough that she can carry it around without tripping over it
What I love about the My Carry Potty is that it is so so practical! Having a potty that is easy to carry around and can be used pretty much anywhere is a godsend. In particular the fact that if there is nowhere to empty the potty you can just close it up. It’s leak proof and odour proof so you can safely carry it around until you get the opportunity to empty it. The My Carry Potty pretty much lives in our car now and accompanies us on all our trips out, it’s been to York, to Newcastle (OK so the photo below was taken at the top of the Baltic Museum in Gateshead – now that really was a toilet with a view lol) and we wouldn’t leave the house without it!
You can buy My Carry Potty for £24.99 from Cheeky Rascals which I think is a good price for such a practical product. It’s one of those products that will get used time and time again and will save so much stress when out and about. Anything that makes my life easier in some way is worth that money It is available in three colours, blue, pink and yellow. I of course opted for yellow as no sooner will MissB finish using it, it will be time for MasterB to start potty training
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We have very kindly been sent a soft seat trainer, potty and step stool set from Tippitoes to review. As we are in the middle of potty training it was a most welcome item!
“Combining three functions in one elegent design the Tippitoes Soft Seat Trainer, Potty & Step Stool will grace any bathroom. The build quality and finish set the Tippitoes Potty and Toilet range apart from others. With external white plastic and internally a choice of blue, pink or grey trimming the unit is robust yet attractive. The Potty unit comes with a hygenic handle to ease emptying, whilst the Trainer has a soft padded seat suitable for boys and girls. This multi functional product is fantastic for potty training and beyond.”
To cut straight to the point, we think this product is fantastic! When using it as a potty, it is very stable and the comfortable toilet seat helped MissB get the idea of using the toilet and it made the transition of moving from potty to toilet a whole lot easier. The handle on the tray inside made emptying it and cleaning it super easy. One bonus we found was being able to pop the lid on the potty as with MasterB crawling around it kept him out of mischief whilst I was busy pulling up MissB’s trousers etc.
MissB goes to nursery during the week, where she gets to use their baby toilets. Now obviously most homes don’t tend to come with a mini sized toilet in them but we were keen to get her using our toilet as soon as possible and this is where this product really has been a godsend. The potty converts into a sturdy step and the seat just pops onto the toilet and voila you have a mini toilet.
MissB loves using the seat on the toilet, she must find it comfortable as she will happily spend hours sitting on it I genuinely believe this product has helped us to get over the poo issues we’ve been having as she has been able to sit comfortably and relax. The seat also has handles on each side of it which gives her a bit more stability when sitting on our higher toilet seat.
The set sells for £21.99 over on the Tippitoes website which I think is great value as you get the potty, step and seat altogether. It also comes in pink, blue or grey (as usual I opted for the neutral grey as no sooner will MissB finish with it, it will be time for MasterB to start potty training). Overall this is a fantastic potty training product that we in the Brown household give a major thumbs up!
I think it’s time for another potty training update, its been a week or so since our last update and things have really moved on. MissB’s reward chart now looks like this
She got a little carried away with where she was putting the stickers but on the whole I’d say the sticker reward has worked a treat She loves getting a new sticker every time she uses the potty or toilet and loves showing off her reward chart to MasterB (hence why it’s looking a little battered right now).
We’ve had a few number two issues – initially she was fine using the potty or toilet for a poo but she suddenly started holding it in and waiting for her nappy on (which she has on at night). I think she’d got a little constipated bless her and had a bit of a painful poo which set her back. However over the last couple of days she has successfully started using the toilet for them again so hopefully we’ve overcome that little problem.
We’ve been sent a fantastic soft seat trainer, potty and step from Tippitoes (review coming up shortly) and it has been one of the most useful things we’ve tried so far. MissB now loves being able to sit on the big toilet on her comfy seat and it seems to have helped her confidence no end. She now prefers to use the toilet rather than the potty.
We still wear pull-ups if we are going out although MissB much prefers to use a toilet if she can. This weekend we went out shopping and we stopped for a coffee. Before sitting down MissB asked to go for a wee so we went to the toilets and she sat on the big toilet and did one, her pull up was still dry. On the way home in the car she told us she wanted a wee but she managed to hold it until we got home. I don’t think it will be long until we dare to venture out without pull ups, she seems to be getting more capable of waiting until a toilet/potty is available.
We still get the odd little accident but not many, from the minute she gets up until after she has had a bath in an evening she now wears pants and most days we have no accidents. I have to say it’s all been remarkably easy so far, I guess it must have been the right time for MissB and she was ready for toilet training.
Well it’s now been a week since MissB started wearing big girl pants during the day at nursery. Reports from nursery are that she has been doing great. I’m certainly getting less washing sent home than I expected.
During week days when MissB is at nursery, I put her in a pull up in the morning until we get to nursery as by the time I’ve loaded everybody in the car, dropped MasterB at his room and got round to MissB’s room it would be asking for an accident particular as she’s usually just had a drink before we leave home.
Once at nursery she changes into big girl pants and wears them most of the day except for if they are playing outside or having a nap. She then changes back into pull ups at 5pm ready for me to pick her up again.
When home from nursery she will always ask to use the potty if she needs a wee, even during meal times and bath time so i think we are making great progress. She seems to really understand when she needs to go now and is really proud of herself. We’ve had no tears or upsets over accidents as we just brush over it and don’t make a fuss!
Last weekend I made MissB a potty chart and bought stickers to give her every time she uses the potty. On Saturday she got 4 stickers, on Sunday 13! And over the rest of this week she’s earned another 4 so the total currently stands at 21
We have now got a 4 day weekend coming up so hopefully we will be able to continue the good work and really make some more progress.
One issue I do find at home is that MissB tends to drink a lot during the day as there is always a cup around. This means she wants a wee pretty much constantly so I may have to have a think about limiting her drinks to meal and snack times to see if it cuts down the number of times she needs the potty during the day.
Day 1 of potty training at home, two accidents and 4 stickers I’d say a pretty successful day really as she did wear pull ups for a few hours over lunchtime.
I think my approach to potty training has been a bit like baby led weaning. We’ve been giving MissB the opportunity to use the potty with no pressure since she first started showing an interest in it back when she was around 16-18 months old. We bought a couple of potties, we bought a few books about potty training to read with her and we left it at that. She would happily sit on the potty (usually with her nappy and clothes on) and sing “wee wee wee” and a few months ago we started her wearing pull ups during the day.
We are lucky in that our nursery are very willing to work with us on potty training and MissB has been sitting on the potty and their little toilets for quite a while now. She rarely did anything though, occasionally the odd wee if the timing was right and once bizarrely she actually did a poo in it (again more through pure luck that anything else). Nursery are fab, they have stamps and sticker reward charts and have built up a real excitement about it there.
I did buy lots of pairs of big girl pants a couple of months ago but MissB has been reluctant to wear them home and wanted her pull ups on, as I don’t want to turn potty training into a battle or make it stressful, I just left it figuring that she will want to wear big girl pants when she is ready. Anyway this week MissB has really started to show signs of being ready. Whilst in the bath the other night, she suddenly declared she wanted a wee and asked for the potty, so I lifted her out, she sat on the potty, did a wee, stood up very proud of herself and then got back in the bath She has also shown much more interest in using the toilet at nursery and done a few more wees recently on them.
So this week, I’ve been speaking to her carer at nursery and discussing a plan of action, you see MissB will sit on the potty and do a wee if she needs one quite happily, she understands that this is what she is to do, but whilst wearing pull ups she just isn’t getting the idea that when she needs a wee she needs to go and sit on the potty. We decided that MissB may be more happy to try wearing big girl pants at nursery where her friends are also wearing them and this might be the change she needs to understand that when she wants a wee she should use the potty. So yesterday I left a pile of pants with her carer and wished them luck
Last night I picked up a beaming MissB from nursery who proudly showed me the SIX stamps she had on her arms and her stickers on her reward chart. Apparently she was more than happy to wear big girl pants and had been wearing them all day. She had a couple of accidents (as was completely expected) but the big leap forward was that she now understands that when she wants a wee she needs to use the potty She is very proud of herself and looking forward to wearing big pants again at nursery today.
This morning I dropped her off and she seemed so excited about wearing pants again and the possibility of getting lots of stamps and stickers I think we’ve made a big leap forward and can safely say that we are now in full blown potty training Of course we’ve got the weekend looming and so this afternoon I’m going to be busy making a reward chart and buying stickers etc for her so that we can replicate what nursery do at home. I’m expecting quite a few accidents, especially as we also have MasterB around who is a bit of a distraction but fingers crossed the next few days will all go ok and we can shortly be saying goodbye to nappies for good (well for one of the terrors anyway )