I Am not going to give you strict advice on what to do or what not to do. I just going to tell your our story, so you will have an idea of how the potty training goes. Bare in mind that every child is different. This time with Mimi was completely different from I potty trained Iggy. So I hope you enjoy reading our experience and can grab one or a couple of tips for yourself!
It was a regular, cold, grey, London’s winter style Monday morning. I was not even thinking about potty train Mimi. Despite the fact that she went to the toilet for a poo voluntarily a couple of times before, probably just to read her new book Girls Potty time ( that got her into the zone!). It is so cold nowadays that I said to myself “we will do it when Spring comes”.In fact, the previous week,my Waitrose delivery included 2 big bags of nappies.
Any ways, sometimes kids had their say….We were having breakfast that Monday when Iggy announced he needed to go to the toilet and all of the sudden Mimi said,she needed to go as well! I took her to the toilet after Iggy was finished and she sat asking me to read her Potty book (she really loves it!). To my surprise,she did poop! Iggy and I clapped,cheered and hugged her very excitedly. And after finishing,Mimi said, like the girls in her book ” mummy,no more nappies!” And that was it…we went from nappies to pants faster than I can ever imagine!
Since as I mentioned earlier, she did tried already the toilet before. We already had the toilet seat in the ground floor bathroom “just in case”. Also I had a portable potty that we usually kept in the trunk of the car, in case of emergency for Iggy. Moreover,Mimi already had a couple of Peppa Pig’s pants and a pack of plain pants that I grabbed as a bargain, for the future( haha!) those came very handy!
Our first morning
I took Mimi to the toilet every 15 minutes, to create the habit on her. Unfortunately,around 11am we had our first wee accident. We were playing in the kitchen and just happened. I only said,Oopsy!it is ok,let’s go to the toi!et to check if more wee wants to come out. And we did, and poor Mimi was saying “sorry mama” all the time she sat on the toilet. I read her potty book again,emphasizing the part that mentioned that is OK to have accidents when we start potty, that we needed to keep practising.
Our first going out trip
I was not sure about it but I really needed to get some bits from the supermarket. Plus some friends told me that when you start potty training to have to stay in the house for at least 2 days to get your kids in the routine. Anyways, I took the risk and we went to the Wimbledon shops. But before, we went to the potty and prepared ourselves with 2 complete sets of clothes, the portable yet bulky potty that we grab from the trunk of the car ,wipes, and all the patience and positive attitude of the world! We went to Morrisons, grab our bits and before heading back home,we had a trip to the toilet. We chat about it for a few minutes and finally she did it! Phew! We came back home with no accidents!
Yep, despite the fact that we made it back home dry, no more than 10 minutes in the house and we had our 2nd wee accident. I did not mind, went to Mimi to give her a cuddle and reassure her that it was ok, and we went again to the toilet and we changed clothes, again!
Mimi was quite determined to get rid of the nappies that she refused to wear one to have a nap. Luckily, I had some Mcqueen pullups that belonged to my son,and I explained to her that these were special go nite-nite pants for big kids, and she let me change her into one.
She slept for 1.5 hours and to my surprise,she woke up dry! Hurray! I made a big fuzz about it and hug her a lot! Then we went to the toilet and she did wee,a very big one!
Dinner time, bath and bed
Just after we had dinner, I took Mimi to the toilet. Since no more poo came out during the day, I thought it was a good idea to take her, just in case. And yes, after 10 minutes singing and reading, she seating in the toilet and me kneeling once again next to her in the floor, number 2 and a bit of wee came out. Then it was bath time and I put Mimi in her big girl mcqueen special pants for nite nite time.
Not bad for a first day!
Starting our day
I heard Mimi through the baby monitor and hurried to say a big good morning and take her to the potty. She was wet of course from all night, but although she was sleepy still, we managed to talked a bit while in the toilet and a massive wee came out! She was still on track!
I was not sure about going to her swimming lessons, but once again I decided to take a risk!. After taking Mimi to the toilet several times before leaving the house, we were on our way to drop Iggy off to school and then to swimming. Yes, we walked to swimming and it is a long walk to Wimbledon Leisure Center ( about 25 min) It was a very cold morning and I was worried about her having an accident in the buggy because cold weather makes you go, doesn’t it? I walked faster than usual and when we arrived to the Leisure Center we went straight to the toilet. She was dry but filled, she sat in the toilet and we scored again! She was so good!
Nap time in the buggy
This time, she fell asleep in the buggy in our way back, so I did not have a chance to change her into her pull ups. But once again, she was dry when she woke up!
Amazon goodies arrived
I let Mimi open her box of goodies from Amazon. She and Iggy broke all the cardboard to discover the new portable potty, bags, seat protector and sticker book. My son put together the potty and Mimi tested it. It was as the lady in the Amazon review described, just perfect! And the book a must have to keep them busy and relax when using the toilet( although now I have stickers everywhere in the loo!). See below for a complete description of all the potty training gear you need.
To do not bore you more I am synthesizing the following days from our first week.
- First day of potty training at nursery: 2 accidents (only wee, phew!)
- Shopping trip with mum: 3 visits to the toilet in an hour
- Doctors visit, went to toilet on time.
- No accidents: she went to the toilet on time every time! I am very proud of my little princess!
- Visit the toilet normally, more confidently.
- Second day of potty training at nursery: no accidents at nursery
- Poop accident at home
- Asked for potty right before bed
- Ballet lessons, no accidents, went to the toilet on time.
- Play date @ tots landing, no accidents either!
- Several goes at Morrisons. It is funny the times my shopping basket was left behind to run to the toilet. And from 4 goes, only one was a wee. But I cannot risk it, if she says she needs to go, we need to run to the toilet.
- Nap in the buggy again with no accidents.
- Stayed with daddy while mummy went to the gym and had 1 wee accident. Be aware mums! dad thinks your little one is going to ask for the toilet with plenty of time , every time! You need to give dad a little training as well. My hubby now is an expert! (although more accidents still happen with him than with me)
- No accidents during the day.
- Nap with pull up but was dry again.
- Trip to Ikea, which I have to say is a very child friendly store. We make it to the toilet in time and Mimi was happy to find her step stool in the toilet there too!
- Asked for the potty in time every time
- Had a bit of constipation, we are now back to have some Ella’s kitchen prune puree.
- No accidents all day!!!!
Although it looks like she is awesome ( and she really is very good) as of today, we still have some accidents, which is normal…it takes time!
I was caught a bit off guard by my princess. Although I had some of the potty training stuff that I used with Iggy, I needed a couple of extra bits, plus some of the things she did not like (oh girls are so stubborn!) So, thank God for Amazon and Amazon prime next day delivery!
I went to do some research about portable potties for on the go use. You will need a one that acts as a toilet seat and can be used as stand alone potty too with the proper bags for it. I was about to buy the usual one, the one that you find in all the pharmacies and baby stores when I came up a review saying that that one was not comfy at all and this lady recommended another one. Well, I watch the video of this new portable potty and I got convinced! Order that one, the bags for use it as a stand up potty and a car/buggy seat protector in case of any accidents.
Keep them entertained
Make the going to the toilet experience fun!. Buy some potty books. Amazon have these awesome Girl’s And Boy’s Potty Time books. I got the girl’s potty, which was the one that helped me to get Mimi’s head around the potty training idea. I Also, I got her a Potty training sticker book to keep relax and busy when using the toilet.
We got a Baby Born potty seat for the toilet, Mimi really likes to go in the toilet that has that seat not where I have different toilets seats. Why? because this one is really comfy and sturdy so she feels safe. With the wobbly others that I have she fear she might fall.I know this one is expensive but it is worth every penny. I had it since when Iggy was potty training so it has been well used.
A stand alone potty.
A friend of mine lend me her Baby Bjorn one, that is very convenient because you can remove the interior to pour the wee or poo direct into the toilet. I use it when Mimi need time (usually for poo) and I sit her in from of Peppa Pig or Dora to have a relax time. It is very very useful for trips by car too! (Even for older kids) I had the chair kind. It is very stable and easy to empty. When Mimi need some extra time, I put this in front of the tv and she relaxes and go.
Mimi has the Peppa Pig ones from Primark. Very cheap and cute. We have 10 and I am thinking of getting some more, just in case
Easy to manage clothes
Leggings! they will become your best friends for a while. They are comfy and easy to just pull down when in a hurry to reach the potty. I found some very cheap and cute ones at Gap. In total Mimi has now 9 pairs, which allow me to have 2 to 3 days worth of changes in case of accidents.
Since we just started this journey and Mimi is completely refusing to wear baby nappies at all (yes, at all) I got her some Huggies Pull Ups for the evening and naps (although she is always dry after a nap). They look like pants and come with characters. The funny thing is that when we went to get them, she chose the Mcqueen ones, instead of the princesses ones! She is a huge fan of Cars! So let your kids pick whatever they like, they are the ones that will wear them.
Well, potty training is not an easy one, not at all. First ride with Iggy was a complete nightmare, he was not ready and I wanted him to be. I was too pushy and that make him nervous. It took a loooong time to get there. However, to get rid of the night-time pull ups with him was a breeze! He just decided not to wear them any more and he has not wet the bed ever since. You see? every child is different! So, don’t get stressed about it! just look for the signs and be ready to make many many trips to the toilets and to clean some accidents (more than some at the beginning). They are kids, they are learning, but once they get it, that is it!
Only remember, once you said bye, bye to nappies, don’t go back! This only will get your kids confused. No matter if you have to travel, or do something that will make your potty training harder, just keep moving forward! It would be hard put not impossible, keep a positive attitude and keep your kids in their way to become big kids!
and lastly, don’t forget to take your portable/convertible potty with you everywhere you go! ( I had to actually run back home from half way out because I did forgot about it a couple of times!)
Good luck to all you starting this potty training journey as well. Let me know how it goes!
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