Our littlest girl has started the wonderful adventure of potty training. It’s something I’ve been putting off for many months now but I can’t let her embark on this adventure alone. She needs me to give her a high-five each time she uses the potty, it beats having to clean up little puddles around the house because she whips her nappy off at every opportunity.
This will be the last time I have to potty train a child. With our son I found it relatively easy, and our daughter has also been very easy to adapt, but there are still things I really dislike about potty training. Things that didn’t seem to bother me the first time, but now there’s a second child to maneuver towards the toilet.
The First Outing
The first time I took our daughter out in knickers instead of a nappy, I had sweat dripping down my back. I kept the journey simple by visiting Tesco and kept an eye on the bottom of the trolley the entire time. I was breathy, sweaty and wide eyed. That is my ‘first time without a nappy’ look.
I’d sat her in the basket of the trolley too, so if she did have an accident it would look a little like a waterfall through those small metal squares. The first outing is always a stressful one.
There’s so Much Wee
When there are two children using the toilet and potty, I feel like all I end up doing is staring at pee, all day. Once one child has finished using the potty, the other wants to use the toilet. It makes me realise how often they each wee, which is a lot.
The day I Ditched Nappies…
Was the day after I’d stocked up on nappy supplies for the entire year.
Just Like a Puppy
My little ones can be doing extremely well with their potty training, but the second they get excited it’s as if they forget the sensation to pee. And instead pee down themselves, or on the lap of the person they’re sitting on. It’s usually the only day we leave without a spare outfit too, just to make things a little more interesting.
Not for Customer use
If you are able to coax your child into a toilet, that achievement is short-lived whilst you’re shopping. Not supermarket shopping where you can ditch your trolley and dash into the safety of the customer toilets, but normal shopping in places where they don’t sell clothes next to the vegetable aisle and cushions, so many cushions.
When they need a wee, they need a wee. There’s no holding it in while you locate the stench of a public toilet, sometimes the only option is to ask, or beg, a sales assistant whether you can take your sweet little darling into their staff toilets urgently. As they move their eyes from your gaze down to your child, who has reached decibels which can be heard outside the shop whilst holding themselves (to hold the wee in, I imagine) they then apologize and say their toilets aren’t for customer use. All you can do is wish death on the sales assistant, abandon the basket of trinkets for your home and leave to find a suitable place to urinate.
We once had an incident in IKEA (which you can read about here) and another incident in the lift of TK Maxx, after being refused the use of their toilets, we just didn’t make it out of the shop in time before our little left his own little puddle in there.
The Endless Questions
We’re constantly asking whether they need a wee. It’s something I don’t mind doing, but every child has their own dance, a dance that tells their parents that they need a wee. So when the question is put to our child ‘do you need a wee?’, it sends panic through my body when they answer ‘no’. What do they mean ‘no’? They’re doing The Dance!
It’s inevitable that there’ll be accidents along the road. It’s also guaranteed that the only accidents will be when we’re without a spare change of clothes. This leaves us questioning our decisions quite harshly, as we carry a sodden pair of trousers in one hand and a half dressed child in the other.
One accident in particular is quite frustrating, it’s the one that’s right next to the potty. The potty was right there, but maybe we didn’t question them enough, or perhaps they knew we were all out of spare clothing.
The Lies and Panic
Our son has learnt how to make us do an emergency stop in the middle of a road. By simply declaring he needs a wee. Then once stopped he’ll laugh and we’ll continue our journey. The problem with this is, we can’t call his bluff, because the one time we do, he’ll probably have an accident. And we’ll be all out of spare clothes, again.
Public Toilets and Peeing in Public
I’m going to admit it, I have an aversion to public toilets. I can’t use them unless I’m on the verge of having an accident myself. My son also has the same aversion, but for different reasons, he’s afraid of the hand drier. This means he’s learnt to pee in bushes and such outside. But this has also lead him to pee in bushes and such in our garden, our friends garden and anytime he’s outdoors. It’s a hard habit to break.
I’m not sure how our daughter will take to it all. I don’t like the thought of her using public toilets, so it may mean carrying our potty with us.
The Crusty Potty
If you don’t clean the potty out each time it’s used. It’ll become crusty. Something we learnt with our portable potty, after it had festered in the boot of the car. I don’t recommend it.
Dry in the Night
This we’re yet to crack. We’ve been woken almost every night with a soaking wet child and bed to attend to. It seems like an impossible mission to reach the goal everyone else sails to with ease. Our friends’ little girl simply decided one day she didn’t want to wear nappies in the night anymore. Our son says the same, but experience tells us that he doesn’t really mean it.