Potty Training Dilemmas

This Plus That Equals… Potty Training Dilemmas

This plus that equals…. potty training dilemmas

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. The time has finally come in our house for potty training and we are in full flow. It ain’t easy, that’s for sure. There are a surprising amount of potty training dilemmas we have come across, so I thought I’d share them and be of absolutely no help to any parent anywhere.

When to start?

So this is what we have been told by various people. Do it in the summer, it’s easiest in the summer. Do it before they turn three otherwise they’ll never learn. You must wait until they are ready or it won’t work. Do it when you aren’t busy and have a couple of weeks you can spend in the house, you can’t go out. You must carry on as normal, just bring a potty everywhere you go.

All very helpful and completely contradictory isn’t it. We had opted for waiting until he is ready, which he is, he just doesn’t want to. He has realised that wearing a nappy is way easier and is happy to stick with it. So I have had to force his hand a little bit and wouldn’t let him wear nappies today. It seems to be working but it’s only day one.

As for waiting until we have a couple of spare weeks, well that must be a joke right?! I barely have a couple of spare hours.

How to do it?

Reward charts. Small sweets/chocolate buttons as rewards. Let them pick their own potty. Pull ups. Pants. Books. Apps.

There are way to many options and you’ll find as many people telling you that something is wrong as tell you it is right.

I’m all for the bribery myself, so he gets a midget gem for every wee and a little something more substantial for a poo. The first one will be a kinder egg as I happen to have one in the house.

He has a reward chart, but doesn’t have the patience to wait for stickers so that seems to be angering him more than anything. I refuse to have an app and I’ve not opened a book about it. That’s what I have the internet for. We bought him a story book about it. He’d still rather have Peppa Pig read to him though.

What to clean first?

There is wee flipping everywhere.

Accidents. No aim. Spillages. His insistence that he must be the one to empty his potty.

There is nothing but wee to clean up. With the occasional poo on the rug to deal with too, just to keep me on my toes.

But there’s only one me and whilst I’m trying to wipe him I also have to try to salvage my upholstery, clear up any spills I’ve seen and keep an eye out for ones I’ve missed so no one slips over and keep the washing machine running constantly to deal with the clothes.

I’m pretty certain there isn’t a right order and it’s all about speed. Just not too much speed or I’ll end up skidding to my death in a pool of urine.

All the excitement. 

Yes you’ve used the potty again. Well done you. High five. I’m so proud. On loop. All day long. All. Day. Long.

You’ve had an accident. Never mind. You’re trying so hard. I’m still so proud. The sofa will never be the same again though. Sigh.

I’m not Mr Tumble. There’s only so much excitement in me. Obviously I’m very proud of him. That’s not to say I can’t wait until this is over and I no longer have to be excited about him having a wee.

How long will it take?

I have no clue. But I hope it won’t be long! If you, like me, turned to the internet for help with this one you’ll have probably found a hundred posts about someone’s little angel who was dry in hours, or did it on their own, or who never used a nappy, not once, not ever. All making you feel slightly crap about yourself.

You’ll then find a hundred posts that are nothing short of nightmarish. It took us years. They still aren’t dry at night and they are almost ready to go to uni. It was the worst experience of my life. You get the picture, you’ve seen them too.


I think I’m in this for the long hall. Pass the wine. Just so you know this is the end of day one and we only had two accidents. Not bad. Hopefully it will go to plan and won’t take too long.

If anyone has any words of wisdom for me, feel free to share them.

Finally, I’m linking up with #TheBabyFormula, #TwinklyTuesday and #fortheloveofBLOG

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10 thoughts on “This Plus That Equals… Potty Training Dilemmas”

  1. This made me laugh reading this. Sorry. Argh it sounds like a bit of a nightmare, I hope that when you’re reading this comment things have improved for you. Everyone says wall charts and rewards! Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    1. Still a bit of a nightmare, but things are slowly improving. I’m sure he’ll get there. He’s just lazy, that’s the issue. If he can go in a nappy then he will.

  2. Were starting potty training after our holiday in nov no way am i chaisng a toddler roubd disneyland asking if he needs a wee. I dream of the day i wont have to buy nappies. Good luck with the wee that part in dreading 🙂 #twinkly tuesdays

    1. I don’t blame you! I’d be keeping mine in nappies if we had a holiday or anything coming up. Have a great time, fingers crossed for the training when you return xx

  3. Stick with it they all get there in their own time and consistency is the key. My best advice is when you think you’ve got it do night time too, a mixed message only drags it all out. That’s only my view and not a common one but worked for all 6 of mine.

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