We made it, week one of potty training is officially over! We made it to the end of the tunnel fairly sane and my house doesn’t look like a poo smeared toilet!
Day 1: Dooms Day has arrived, bye bye nappies hello Lilla (that’s the name of the £2 IKEA potty). Baby K had a bit of a lay this morning and woke up at 7:30 am, I guess Mr H knew I was going to have a challenging day ahead so he brought little man downstairs so I could get an extra hours sleep to prep me for what was to come!
I decided to follow the guide for day one of potty training from the book ‘Oh Crap! Potty Training’ by Jamie Glowacki, which says that day one should be a ‘naked day’ for baby so you can act quickly when baby decides it’s time to go without having to faf around with bottoms and underwear. So once baby K had been fed and watered, I explained to him that he would no longer be wearing nappies and that if he needed to go poo or wee he would be doing it in the potty, I also did a little demo by sitting on the potty so he could get the general idea of where I was going with all this. So off came the nappy and off we went, I did have him in a little vest top and I totally cranked up the heat in our house to the point where Mr H had to sit in the garden because it was like a sauna.
I guess the whole idea of day one was so that baby K can see what happens when he goes for a wee/poo and to be able to recognise the feeling he gets beforehand. I tried to keep him pretty much sectioned off in to the living room so I could keep an eye on him and have easy access to the potty, so our day was spent pretty much playing games and watching cartoons, which I have to say was really nice.
We managed to get through the day without too many accidents, I missed one wee and unfortunately one poop, which was completely my fault as I was too busy talking to my mum and dad. We did however get a poop and two pees in the potty which I was pretty chuffed with, yeh shit in a potty made me dance and sing a potty song, I know!
It was funny seeing baby K’s reaction to being butt naked the whole day as he was fascinated with the fact that his little pee pee was hanging out and that he could feel it between his legs when he walked, which meant he’d end up walking with his knees together for some reason!
I have to say the day went pretty smooth, there where no accidents that meant we’d have to redecorate and I think baby K got the idea of what the potty is for. We ended up having an early dinner, I bathed baby K, gave him some warm milk about an hour before he was due to go down and then read some stories before bed. I decided not to use any nappies during the night as I felt this may confuse him, so I was a bit on edge as to whether he’d wet the bed. To make sure he didn’t need to pee I sat him on the potty twice while he was asleep but he didn’t need to go, so I was ready for any accidents and lo and behold NOTHING, not one pee in the middle of the night! Yay!
Day 2: We woke up raring to go, baby K stayed dry the whole night and as soon as he got up at 6:10 am I sat him straight on the potty and off he went. I picked up on more of his little indicators that he’s going to pee, mainly he just looks down at his little boy bits, and it’s a quick grab and dash to the potty. He isn’t showing any sign of going to the potty on his own or showing me he needs to go but it’s still early days for that. He did drink a lot more fluids today so he peed more often, but I noticed that he seemed to be holding it and peeing in drips and drabs, literally, so in the end I had to be a little forceful and make him sit and stay on the potty till he went, which wasn’t too long thankfully! I also think he may be wanting a bit of privacy when he’s on the potty, I know it sounds silly but I realised that he seems to go better when I sat him on the potty and made an excuse to walk out the room
hide round the corner.
As he had no accidents at night on day one I decided to keep him nappy free at night again and yet again we had no problems, he woke up at 7:30 am with no accidents sat straight on the potty and went.
Day 3: Today I decided to put bottoms on baby K, but left him commando underneath, got to do it at some point I suppose and I didn’t want him to get too used to being butt naked! I was ready for a long day of accidents and bottom changes but I was nicely surprised, we had one accident in the morning after he sat on the potty, he obviously held a reserve off pee back so when I put him in our bed he lovingly peed all over my bed, joy! After searching online, because I’m a parent and Google is one of my best friends, I found that a steamer is the best way to deal with this, but because I don’t have one I decided to try option two which was to mix some washing powder/liquid with some water and to spray and scrub the area and hope when it dries it doesn’t smell of wee. Thankfully it didn’t, phew! So apart from this one accident the rest of the day was pretty smooth. The signs of needing to pee are more obvious now that he is wearing bottoms because he literally holds his little friend, so spotting this we go in to action of repeating ‘hold it, hold it’ and running him to the potty. So far so good!
Day 4: Baby K has been doing so well with trousers on that I decided to step out the house and take a short drive to his nans for a cup of tea. So it was lunch, potty and out, with the Koo-di Protector nicely fitted on his car seat and our potty packed we were off. We managed to get there without any surprises, I was a little bit anxious that he wouldn’t want to go at my mums but he was perfectly fine. Thank god!
Day 5: Today was a big day in potty training world, we packed our Potette Plus travel potty, five pairs of tracksuits (OK maybe that’s an exaggeration, it was three!) and took a trip to Mothercare. I was prepared for the worst but baby boy yet again surprised me, we made it to Mothercare and back without one pee pee accident, woohoo!
He had a play in the toy area, we sat for a coffee and cake with his nan and before we left I whipped out the Potette in the loo and off he went. We did have a bit of spillage but that’s only because the Potette is on the smaller side so the splash guard isn’t as high, so we may need to re-position the little guy before he goes, but I can’t see it being a problem for a little girl. Considering I was a little hesitant to purchase the Potette Plus due to a mixture of reviews, it is pretty handy, I didn’t take the stroller with us so I simply threw it into my Longchamp bag along with baby K’s other bits and off we went.
Day 6: We’re back to normal today, my long weekend is over, *sniff sniff* . I woke baby K at 6:30 am, this did not go down well considering he’s been waking up at 8:00 am, I think I may have to start waking him up 5-10 minutes earlier to factor in time to go on the potty as it’s no longer a quick wake up, change the nappy, get dressed and get out the door and if he pees in the car so what!
As it’s Thursday baby K will be at nursery for the morning so it’ll be interesting to see how they approach potty training and how many accidents he has. On drop off I explained our progress and what they should be watching out for when he needs to go, but I kind of wish I could’ve taken the extra two days off of work to keep him home, as know matter what you say a nursery will not keep an eye on them as much as you do because they obviously have all the other children to attend to. He had three accidents whilst there, which I suppose isn’t too bad, considering they take him to the toilet every 30 mins, whereas I sit him on the potty by following his own signals.
Day 7: Baby K was back at nursery in the morning and it seems like he’s getting a little bit more vocal about wanting to go to the potty, they only had one poo incident but I think this is mainly because he doesn’t really give any indication that he needs to go. All his pee’s where done in the potty, which is a good sign so I am hoping that in another weeks time we’ll be at a point where he’ll be able to tell us every now and again when he needs to go.
I can’t believe it has been a week that we’ve been nappy free and to be honest I think I was prepared for it to be a lot worse than it was. I think the first three days were testing because I literally had to put everything else on hold and follow baby K around like a crazy person, I think this was a must as it ensured that I was catching the wee in the potty because lets be honest there’s no way at 23 months he’s going to stroll over to me and declare “Mummy I need the potty!” The biggest surprise of all was that not once has he wet the bed at night since we’ve started, which just goes to show that he is more than capable of holding his wee, so I’m glad I didn’t listen to anyone and went completely nappy free during the day and night.
My next step is to give him a little bit more control over when he needs to go and not sit him on the potty each time I see him holding his bits, once again I’m pretty sure we’re going to continue to have accidents but it has to be done. I may have to stock up on some more Milk Trays to see me through!