Now nearly 2 weeks ago I made the very
brave positive decision that Joshua needed to be in pants … Now I know you shouldn’t start till they were ready, I learnt from my mistake last time with one successful wee in the pot and me thinking I had cracked it … how foolish I was!
So scrapping it last time was a really good move he was too young, not ready and in fairness I don’t think we were really ready to let him take the big step.
After starting Day Nursery in September for a couple of mornings each week Joshua has been really quite vocal on his understanding of the toilet activities of others and often tells the Nursery Staff and then comes home and telling us that so and so was on the toilet or potty and what they achieved while on it and if it smelt!
But over Christmas we noticed with more certainty that he was showing signs of being aware of what he was doing before doing it…. the move to the corner next to the sofa and crouching along with his insistence that we needed to go away followed by him getting a pull up and the wipes and bringing them to me as a sure sign he knew what he was doing!
So we ventured to Tesco to get him to pick his own pants .. under the illusion that this may help with his connection to the process. We hot footed it home and dusted down the potty, emptied out the rogue Happy Land people and the broken jigsaw puzzle piece while banning nappies … the only nappies we have in our house were ‘Night time nappies’ or that’s what we told Joshua.
Armed with a bucket full of enthusiasm, anti bac wipes and 20 pairs of toddler pants we jumped into the full on task that is potty training.
Days 1 and 2 were out-and-out horrific, for an OCD cleaner, toddler pee on the freshly cleaned carpet almost sent me out my head … although maintaining a smile was difficult but it was achieved!
Days 3 and 4 were like a battle of wills … Joshua’s instance that he wear the big boy pants and his continued insistence that he wasn’t going to use the potty or toilet or wee or poo ever again. Holding your wastage from 8.30 am till 6.30 pm is never going to be good, maintainable or pain-free … although the plus side was knowing he can hold it in when he wanted.
Days 5, 6 and 7 saw the change … the unwillingness to sit on the potty dissipated and the wee flowed, poo passed and it was a hit all round!
Days 8, 9, 10 and 11 have all been a mixed bag, the wee continued to flow freely into the potty, but pooping is now done under protest after sitting on the potty for an extraordinarily long time!
Today is day 12 and so far we have been successful at a wee or 2 and he has now even vocalised ‘I need a wee’ so this is progress … I am just really hoping we are on the right path and when it comes to taking him out for the day we can be as equally as successful.
Until I know for sure I will go armed with supplies of anti bac wipes, pants, and hope.