Jenni, her husband James and their two year old daughter Ella are taking the plunge and are embarking on a very public potty training.
Week three has been going very well, Ella has fully embraced using the potty and makes me take it everywhere.Â On Sunday we went to a local pub for lunch, throughout the meal she announced that she needed a pee and we would walk to the toilet with the potty under one arm. To be honest, I think she enjoyed going to the loo like an adult and the attention she got as she didnâ€™t always need to go.
The most hilarious moment happened on one of our first outings to the shops since removing the nappies. Ella squatted in the middle of the shop and shouted at the top of her little voice â€˜Mummy Pooâ€™. Â She of course doesnâ€™t yet realise adults donâ€™t discuss these things, but I found it adorable. The only problem was that I was unprepared, although she was wearing her Dry Like Me pad, I didnâ€™t have the potty or a change of clothes, luckily we got home in 15 minutes and disaster was averted.
Ella has also developed an ingenious method of moving around on her potty. She was sitting on the potty in the downstairs toilet with her tennis racket and ball, she hit the ball and it went all the way down the corridor to the front door. Instead of finishing what she was doing and then getting the ball, she simply slid all the way to the front door, picked up the tennis ball and slid back to the toilet. She loves sliding round the house on her potty â€“ it is very funny.
It took a few days but Ella managed a number two in the potty, her first one was with my mum and the second one was with the babysitter. I was starting to think that she didnâ€™t want to go in front of me, but in the end she did and I was strangely proud and gave her a high five!
Learning to recognise the signals
Looking back on last week, it has taken about five days to trust her when she tells us she needs the loo and now the majority of the time she actually has to go. We have only had one accident since my last blog and it was my fault, I was on the phone and didnâ€™t hear Ella say that she needed to go and she had an accident whilst I was on the phone.
Out and about
We went swimming the other day and I decided not to risk it and put a swimming nappy on her as I just couldnâ€™t cope if she went in the pool. During the lesson she said â€˜Mummy, pee pee peeâ€™, she wouldnâ€™t go in her nappy and wanted to use the toilet which was great. I bought a portable toilet seat which goes on the top of an adult toilet and she managed to hold it in until I got her to the toilet but went almost immediately so she really has progressed with learning how to hold her pee. She is beginning to prefer the portable toilet seat to her potty as she loves flushing the loo.
She is now wearing the original Dry Like Me potty training pads which are slightly thinner than the Dry Like Me Early Days and she isnâ€™t treating these as a nappy at all and I feel this has really helped with her progress. The next issue I have is that I donâ€™t know when to take the pads off, she has had a really good couple of days, but I donâ€™t want to take them off too early.
Pat on the back
My mum left last week and I had to work one evening so had to get a babysitter in. She is also a nursery teacher and she thought Ella had picked up potty training really well, this filled me with pride that Ella is doing so well. Â I just hope it continues to go well, I heard that it is very normal to have to take a step back during the potty training process, so I know I am not out of the woods yet.