Every time I mention potty training on Twitter or on my blog, many people get involved into the discussion, which is great. The main reason often is they are surprised that I start potty training my children at a very young age. My first born daughter Isabelle was without nappies during the day at the age of 1, and by the time she turned 15 months we also stopped using nappies at bedtime or nap time. All my English mummy friends were amazed as their children were still in nappies till 3 or 4 years… some of them had nappies at bedtime when they started reception last year.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t judge anyone, but on the other hand I know it is possible and not unusual for children in the Czech Republic where I am originally from. All my friends’ children were potty trained by the time they turned 1 or 15 months, and they were very surprised it wasn’t common here in the UK.
I think the main reason is the way I look at things, it might be cultural, but I also agree that starting at a very young age is much more difficult as it takes months, not just days or weeks like when you start potty training 2 or 3 year olds.
Olivia is 10 months old, and I have started putting her on her new potty for the past few days. At first she didn’t want to sit on it at all and was just climbing off it. Thanks to being patient, it didn’t take long and last two days she was sitting on it nicely for a few minutes at a time while playing with her toys. This morning I put her on her potty and she made a wee. I and Isabelle started clapping our hands in appreciation as we were so happy and proud of Olivia. She looked very pleased with what she made in her potty, and I just hope she will be making many more on it soon!
One of the main reasons for potty training my girls at this very young age is as I use disposable nappies and don’t want to be wasting too many of them. This is my part of helping to save the nature. I know you might say I should give them up all together and go for the cloth nappies, but I have tried and Isabelle had a very bad nappy rash, so I decided not to go for them at the end.
When choosing Olivia’s potty, I was making sure it was the type of potty that has a removable top part for easier emptying. Also don’t forget to have one upstairs and one downstairs. When Olivia is a bit older and without nappies, I will be getting her a potty chair, which is much more comfortable than a normal potty. After your little one learns to use the toilet you can then change it into a stool. Isn’t that clever?
There are many different types of potties, but I quite like the look of Baby Bjorn Potty Chair. Once your little starts using normal toilet, they will need some trainer seat and I will never forget the travel potty I still have after Isabelle. That was one of the best investments. The only downside was the prize of the travel potty liners. If you add up all the things you will need for potty training, you might finish up spending a few hundred pounds.
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