I remember when I was still pregnant reading somewhere on a blog (if you know where this comes from, tell me so I can link up) that if you start potty training when they're 2, you train the whole year, but if you start when they're 3, you take 3 days.
Can you guess which of those options most appealed to me?
Of course you can.
I'm Mrs Impatience herself.
Also, I really don't like a mess and will happily (HAPPILY!) pay money for nappies instead of having a mess.
It really is no issue to me to change a million poo nappies daily. After a while it becomes part of life, right?
So I was planning to have the oldest non-potty trained kids around.
Last year I went to the ToddlerSense seminar and the lady said a couple of things about potty training:
They will show you when they're ready (I agree) but from 18 months you should let them watch you use the toilet. No big issue but just let them see this is how these things happen.
Um, no thanks.
I enjoy my uninterruped time on the loo, thank you very much.
Apparently they'll start telling you they want to pee or poo and will then go in their nappies, or with poo, she said they often go behind a couch/ curtains, etc.
At this point you know they have the sensations down and can start letting them sit on the potty.
I don't like mess. Oh, I've said that already?
So my very loose plan was to get the potties that fit on top of the toilet so that with one flush, it's all gone and there are no additional things to clean.
Now, as we know, my kids like to do things in their own time (remember my plan to keep the babies in cots til 5? well, Connor was in a toddler bed at 20 months because of the climbing out) and so some time ago, they started taking an interest in toilets and such.
I often run in from the car when I get home from work straight to the loo and they follow me. Connor has said, "Mummy, wipe your bum".
I've had to tell him that we don't talk about bums to other people!!!
D asked Dr S what he thought the best time was to do the potty training.
Dr S said, "The best time to start is 2 years 3 months and then they'll definitely be potty trained by 3".
I don't know if that was supposed to be encouraging but 9 months is not my idea of a short time.
When we left his rooms I told D my 3-day potty training blog story :)
That's all the background.
What's actually been happening...
We'd already bought the potty in the pic above (doesn't K look adorable!) at about 21 - 22 months and D would ask them before baths on the weekend if they wanted to pee.
Connor was absolutely NOT interested but Kendra would happily sit for what seemed like hours on end, with no result ever.
One day about a month ago V told me Kendra's scared of the potty so we put it far, far away.
And then I happened to see a small plastic one on Sunday. It stands on the floor and the kids can lift the lid and sit like ours.
R29,99! (Julia, it doesn't fold down and is quite clumsy so I didn't get you one)
That's been standing in the bathroom and today when I got home, I checked The Notebook and V wrote, "Connor peed in the potty".
Can you believe it?!
Apparently all 3 of them were very excited, hurrayed and clapped hands.
I tried to have a conversation with Connor but he was not interested. Instead, he ran off to climb on things, shouting over his shoulder, "Connor peed in potty" as if it's nothing.
So that's where we are.
I have no plan whatsoever but if V's prepared to potty train them, then how can I object? ;)
I found this excellent post in my Reader yesterday with a free printable potty chart (I am a SUCKER for free printables!). And then I also saw one of my favourite blogs also had a potty training post. Have a read.
Oy, this was a lot longer than I intended. Somehow I lack the ability to keep things short.
What are your thoughts on potty training - long version or short version? Best time to do? When were your kids potty trained, etc, etc?
PS new post here