This will be my second time ‘potty training’, and it is a little bit different this time around. Archie and Sophia are so different. Sophia was potty trained at 18 months and it took us no longer then a week to get it right. I reminded her often and almost straight away she could tell me when she needed to go to the toilet.
Archie on the other hand is a little distracted. I didn’t want to believe it when everyone told me: ‘boys are slower, they take longer, they are LAZY’. Archie is certainly not lazy but more distracted. He gets absorbed in play and by the time he realises he needs the toilet he can’t hold it any longer. He doesn’t make it in time to come and tell me until it is too late. I find with him that I need to take him to the toilet every few hours.
I have been trying my best to do this with him since around November. I have not stuck to it because sometimes it doesn’t feel like we are getting any further, as some days I have to change his clothes 2 or 3 times.
Everyday is different when it comes to him using the toilet. Most days he wants to wear his underpants and not a nappy. But some days we are in a hurry and I know he doesn’t always tell me he needs the toilet so I opt for Huggies Pull-Ups instead I have really found them so helpful. I used them with Sophia at nighttime when she was younger. They are great because the day time Pull-Ups have been designed to allow the child to feel the brief sensation of wetness before quickly drawing the moisture away. Encouraging them to associate the feeling with the urge to go.
I have been caught in some really awkward ‘potty training’ situations with Archie. Ones that will never leave my mind, on the high street, my carpet and the later has happened over half a dozen times … too many.
He is the most relaxed and happy little boy. Everyday I feel so lucky to spend my days with him. We have not yet reached the tantrum stage and I have had only one or two of those experiences with him so far. Both times have happened when he has been over-tired.
Everyone comments on his happy persona and how much he smiles. Which I must say is an awful lot. He is just a very happy little boy, his happiness shines out of his dimply smile, and his bright eyes, at every moment.
He communicates so well and talks so much, so if I take that into consideration it makes me think he is not completely ready to stop wearing nappies altogether just yet.
I am going to be helping him as I have been currently over the next few months. I don’t have a deadline or anything in mind. Although I do really want to help him stop wearing nappies as it will give him so much more independence. Which at his age he is very much wanting. Stopping nappies is a huge milestone in any two year olds life. I remember it well with Sophia, she was so proud of herself as we were of her.
He already tells me that he is a big boy and corrects me if I say he is my little boy, so I just think if we carry on as we are over the next weeks/months it should happen soon.
From my experience with Sophia and from what my sister-in-law’s experience was with her daughter I know it happens just like that when they are ready. As if you didn’t need to try so hard at first because it almost just happens when the time is right for them. At least that was our experience with our girls.
Archie has been known to go a whole day without any mistakes and then the next day will completely forget he knows how to use the toilet. Doesn’t really make it easy! On those days I tell myself he is just not ready. And put a Huggies Pull-Up on him. But despite me giving up some days I know deep down he is ready I just need to be a bit more proactive reminding him and hopefully soon he will tell me: ‘mummy I need the toilet!?’
I have to say that the Huggies Pull-Ups have come in so handy for us because the day time Pull-Ups allow Archie to have the brief sensation of wetness which helps him recognise the need to use the toilet.
He has been using these on and off while we have been helping him learn and they are really handy especially when we are not spending the day at home.
I would love any advice or tips that you might have for us?
*We are currently working with Huggies Pull-Ups.