Welcome to part 2 of a short series about toilet training from the perspective of real Mums who have been there (and incidentally, all of them more than once!)
What approach did you take to toilet training?
Softly, softly, I never rushed my kids. We tried but if they had more than two accidents on the first day then I left it for a few weeks before trying again. SP
Waiting until our child initiated and then plenty of pants free time at home and taking a potty everywhere. We didn’t make a fuss of accidents and while we celebrated their success we didn’t use reward charts either. SH
Staying positive, making potty trips part of the daily routine, and using appropriate rewards (such as child chosen underwear). CO
Lots of positive reinforcement and rewards for using the potty (with results) for the first few days. I bought underpants with characters that they liked, hoping that they wouldn’t want to mess in them (don’t know if that worked but they do enjoy putting on undies they like). TW
Child led. I tried the approach where you set a week aside and put them in knickers but it just didn’t work. Instead we went with pull ups and let them tell us when they were ready. AH
Our approach to toilet training was very relaxed. I didn’t want it to be a big, stressful experience so that she wouldn’t have issues going to the toilet. I also decided that it would make the whole experience more enjoyable and help my daughter to pay attention if I rewarded her so we came up with the scheme of one dried apricot for a wee in the potty and 2 for a poo. She loved it! MJ
I have always been of the opinion that if you wait until the child is really really ready then it will happen quickly and easily. It was a long drawn out process with the girls, more than a year of what seemed like two steps forward, three steps back. At times I was very frustrated, upset and worried, but in the end I had to trust they would get it eventually, when they were ready and they did. Night training was a perfect example… I thought they would never ever night train and I was very down about it, then one day Izzy asked if she could not wear a nappy in bed, I was reluctant but she was keen so I let her, she’s never ever wet the bed since. Zoe followed suit about a week later.
We went with the same approach for Morgan. Entirely child lead. He initiated the desire to wear undies one day and we went from there. KF
What approach did you take to toilet training at your house?
Great big thanks for sharing so generously go to Shae (Mum to 3 girls), Tanya (Mum to a pigeon pair), Amanda (Mum to 2 girls), Kate (Mum to 4 – two of each), Cath (Mum to 1+1), Monisha (Mum to 2 girls) and Sarah (Mum to 2 boys and 1 girl).
If you missed part 1, How did you know your child was ready?, you can find it here.