Yes she is at that age already and actually we have over come the toilet training saga with flying colors.
As a first time Mum i was dreading this mile stone and thought it was going to come with far more obstacles than it did. My Daughter surprised me.
I am so glad it is done and dusted and want to thank all of my fellow Mummy friends for the advice and tips that they gave me!
I also had some help from the team at Dry like me and found their website very useful. We did use the potty training pads for a short while and they helped to diminish a few little accidents.
So here is what i have learned along the way and maybe my post may help a first time Mum and child on their Potty training journey too!
1. Buy a cheap potty and leave it lingering around the house. I picked up one from the 99p store when Olivia was around two years old. She gradually became interested in this bright pink plastic bowl and within the next few months she was using it. My plan was always to go from nappies straight to toilet but Olivia was enthusiastic enough to use her potty for a pee and so i just went with it.
2. Try to potty train in the summer months. When the weather is warmer your child will instantly be bearing less layers to contend with. My Daughter is happy to roam around the house in the nude at all times and so it was easy for her to just go ahead and sit straight on the potty.
3. Always carry an emergency kit in the boot of your car. We have a small travel potty and a bag containing wipes and spare clothes just in case of an accident. Olivia only ever had two or three accidents but i was always prepared.
4. Use a mattress protector. My child loves her bed and i would hate to have to replace her mattress and take away that security from her. I did not like the idea of a plastic sheet as i think they are sticky, noisy and uncomfortable. Instead i padded the top of the mattress protector with an old towel and a Tena lady bed pad! Yes that’s right… Tena lady. I remember when Olivia was born the nurses in hospital provided me with padded sheets similar to change her on. They are very durable and come in packs of 10 i believe. These saved a lot of accidents and her mattress from getting spoiled.
5. Night time wakings. I was so nervous to do this but i knew my Daughter would not get through the night without emptying her bladder. My Daughter likes to drink and is always thirsty. I did have her checked out at the doctors and she is completely fine – she just likes a good gulp of water through the night. I gently woke her and kept the lights out whilst i carried her to the toilet and she did her business! Straight back to bed and she continued to sleep through the night without any accidents. I did this for around two weeks at 10pm each evening and now she is fully toilet trained i just leave a potty on the floor in her room. She will wake in the night and use it by herself if she needs to.
I am expecting a relapse as most Mums tell me that children go back to old habits and phases of wetting them selves. I will always keep the spare kit in my car just in case but i feel less stressed now knowing that when she starts school she will be able to take herself off to the toilet if she needs to.
I wish you luck if you are thinking about or about to embark on this journey!