Henry is now 6 weeks away from starting school and we are still toilet training.
It is a long process, but we are now not doing any nappies during the day, apart from when we go out for a long time or he has a afternoon nap and only for night time. It does mean a lot of washing, but I know it is the only way.
He was telling us he needed the toilet but then suddenly stopped and seemed to just go as if he is not expecting it, himself.
Yesterday when we went out, we didn’t put a nappy on him when we took him to softplay and the park, he did go toilet in a public toilet which he wouldn’t do before.
First of all we have a feat to try and keep him on the toilet, as soon as we sit him down he wants to instantly get up again, so I try to encourage him by singing nursery rhymes, at nursery they do shapes.
He doesn’t wear nappy pants at nursery now either, and it did seem to be working, but we are still having accidents. When he goes on the toilet we do reward him with a bit of chocolate, or a balloon.
If I had known it would take this long I would have done the potty training sooner, but it seemed that he wasn’t ready. He seems to take one step forward and two steps back.
It is all about being persistent like everything else, I know, but it is getting a little frustrating, as we think he’s got it, and then has another accident.
I try not to punish him for the accidents, but just act a little disappointed, and say “Henry, why didn’t you say anything?” and then I will put him on the toilet to remind him that is where he needs to go.
Toilet training is a massive transition and I think we all at some point wet ourselves, but it’s getting the message that isn’t what you supposed to do which can be the frustrating part about it.
Any advise I would give is buy a load of packets of pants to start of with, so you can just take them off, and put another pair on, or on some days I leave him bare, when we are staying indoors, so he can just go on the toilet and go, rather than have to pull pants up and down.
If you have any toilet training advise then all is welcome.
Many thanks for reading,