Potty ‘Training’ Update

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Can it really be called potty ‘training’ if there’s no actual training? Or maybe the training part refers to Isabel training me into the next stage of parenting… I certainly feel like the past month has been the most confusing in the 2.5 years since Izz was born. Do we go straight to real pants or use training pants? Do we put a nappy on for nap time or not? Do we encourage use of the potty, the toilet, both? What about car journeys?

Turns out all these questions were mostly founded on unwarranted worrying, because Isabel is a pooping, peeing, potty training natural. So much so that she not only jumped straight into pants, no nappies for nap time and is happy to use either/both potty and toilet, but she also decided that she wanted to be dry at night too; I wasn’t expecting that for another year or so!

We had a minor blip a few weeks ago where Isabel had a little cough, which meant an accident or two (if I mention we were co-sleeping for one of those you can use your imagination a little there … yeah, it does occasionally have its downsides) and I chickened out and put her back in nappies overnight for a week. @SquintMom inadvertently guilted me into giving Izz another chance though, and we’ve been dry overnight again for the past 3-4 nights (and interestingly, in her own bed, not sure what’s inspired that!)

So yes, there we have it. Pretty much cracked I think? Touch wood. Just in time for number 2 to arrive safely (hint hint). Don’t know what I was worrying about…

Jem Turner jem@jemjabella.co.uk +44(0)7521056376

4 comments so far

  1. Mumblies said:

    I’m not in the least bit surprised that Izz has made this step so easily. She’s super smart and so curious she was bound to follow the grown ups so fast. Now all you have to worry about is getting as much rest as you can (Ha! like that will ever happen) and putting your feet up until #2 arrives.

  2. Melissa said:

    Glad to hear that it’s been so easy for you guys. I couldn’t even imagine trying to potty train Andrew right now. He’s nowhere near waking up dry from naps and nighttime and the only interest he shows in the toilet is if I’m the one sitting on it! Now that I have 3 little ones to contend with, I know for sure potty training won’t be happening anytime soon. Ugh.

    • Jem said:

      To be honest, I wasn’t expecting it any time soon. I highly recommend the “wait until they ask for the potty” route – takes all the work out of it ;)