Harry // A Potty Training Update

If you are a regular reader to Love From Mummy, you will know that we are thrilled to be working with Huggies this year as one of their Huggies Pull Ups Ambassadors and with their support, we began our potty training journey with Harry last month, so i just wanted to come back with a little update for you all.

It hasn’t been plain sailing by any means, but, having said that, it’s actually been alot easier than i anticipated. If that’s even possible.

You see, we’ve made numerous attempts in the past to potty train Harry, all of which proved disastrous, but things seem to have just clicked into place this time around. I’m not sure if that’s down to the fact that he was already exhibiting signs of being ready or that i felt more confident with the support of Huggies behind me, but either way, we’re on the road to success.

Handy Tip: If you are thinking about starting potty training with your child, look out for the 8 signs of readiness:

POTTY TRAINING SIGNS OF READINESS

In my last post, i mentioned that Huggies had sent us a box full of potty training tools to aid us on our journey and one of the tools we were most looking forward to trying out was the play tray. The play tray actually proved to be one of the best potty training tools for Harry as he loved being hands on with food and learning the difference between wet and dry. We followed the “before and after” game suggested in the guide where i let him play around with dry foods like biscuits, cereals, rice and pasta and then i let him experiment with the same ingredients once they had been soaked in water. It was wet and messy of course, but that’s a good thing because he was having fun and i know from experience that he learns best through play, so this was an enjoyable activity that tied in nicely with step 4 of the 6 Steps To Potty Success – Learning Wet From Dry.

HUGGIES 6 STEPS TO POTTY SUCCESS

We are currently on step 5 of the 6 Steps To Potty Success – Be Consistent Day And Nights. If i could offer one tip to other parents, it would be that consistency is key when it comes to potty training. There will inevitably be points where accidents happen and you feel like your child is taking 1 step forward and 5 steps backwards. There will be times when you quite simply want to throw in the towel and give up, but persevere and stay positive because they will pick up on any negative emotions/attitudes from you and it will affect their progress. Accidents are not failures, so handle them with patience, reassurance and words of encouragement, because that’s what your child really need from you – your ongoing love and support!

HUGGIES 6 STEPS TO POTTY SUCCESS

Anyway, i’m now pleased to report that Harry is completely dry and wearing big boy pants during the daytime and we’ve progressed from using a potty to solely using the toilet – he will stand on his Lightning McQueen stool (another potty training tool we were sent by Huggies) to pee and will use a potty training seat on the toilet when he needs to poo. One area we are now working on is teaching him how to wipe himself.

Handy Tip: The standing element is an obvious challenge for potty training boys so try having an older male sibling or relative set an example. And when it comes to aiming, put some cheerios in the toilet and let them target-practice!

HUGGIES 6 STEPS TO POTTY SUCCESS

The second area we are working on is Nighttime dryness. I always knew this would be a challenge as he drinks throughout the night, but we are gradually reducing his water intake and have had the occasional morning where he wakes up dry. Once he wakes up dry a few mornings in a row, then i’m going to try without the Huggies Pull-Ups Pants. 

We have been following the Huggies 6 Steps To Potty Success guide for about a month now and it is fantastic. Huggies have worked with renowned child psychologist and mum of four, Dr heather Wittenberg, to develop the guide and I would highly recommend it to anyone embarking on potty training as it is full of great advice and handy potty training tips.

HUGGIES 6 STEPS TO POTTY SUCCESS

So, that’s kind of where we are at right now in terms of Harry’s potty training journey, but you can follow our progress as well as the the progress of my fellow ambassadors (and join in yourself) by following these hashtags across social media #6Steps #PottyTrainingConfidence

Remember also that Huggies Pull-Ups are also currently discounted at Morrisons stores nationwide at just £2 a pack (valid until 4th September 2016) , so do stock up on your child’s favourite character while you can!

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17 Comments

  1. 1 September, 2016 / 9:25 am

    I think we will be potty training my daughter around christmas time – she is two but doesn’t seem ready for it yet at all, and I’d rather it be easy. Like the idea of the cheerios thing for boys to aim at ha x

    • 1 September, 2016 / 6:47 pm

      I’m genuinely amazed at how well he’s done this time around, I think it’s honestly just a case of waiting until they’re ready. xx

    • 1 September, 2016 / 10:24 pm

      Well i’m sending lots of positive vibes your way and wishing you the best of luck for when you start his potty training journey. You’ll know when he’s ready so my best advice is to just wait for that time and go with the flow! xx

    • 2 September, 2016 / 11:37 pm

      You can never go wrong with a spot of Disney, especially where children are concerned! Thanks lovely, i’m relieved it’s been much easier this time around xx

    • 5 September, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      Thanks lovely, he’s totally nailed it this time around. So proud of him. Just those night time accidents to crack now! xx

    • 5 September, 2016 / 10:15 pm

      Haha! Well then you definitely don’t need to be worrying about potty training just yet! xx

    • 7 September, 2016 / 1:12 pm

      I’m dreading the night time training to be honest because he still drinks water through the night so that’s something that’s gonna take a lot longer for us to crack i think. xx

  2. Amanda maddox
    17 September, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    My son was 3 in june and still showing no signs of readiness, unfortunately because he’s attending school nursery they are wanting to get on with toilet training and I’m worried this is detrimental to him if he’s not mentally there yet

    • 17 September, 2016 / 5:42 pm

      I think if your son is 3 and still showing none of the signs of readiness it may be worth visiting your GP for some advice. Alternatively, i’d be happy to speak to the team at Huggies and ask them what they would recommend? xx

      • Amanda maddox
        17 September, 2016 / 5:49 pm

        Thanks we have been referred to the pediatric community team as it’s felt he may have high functioning autism also he has craniosynostosis which can cause development delays (didn’t walk until the day b4 turning 2) but the nursery know all this and are treating him as a normal child I’m wondering if I should ask for a meeting with the school regards these issues

        • 17 September, 2016 / 7:58 pm

          My eldest was born 10 weeks prematurely and had severe developmental delays. He has hypotonia so he didn’t sit unaided until he was 2 and couldn’t walk until 2 and a half, so i completely understand how you are feeling. Although it’s good for them to treat your son like any other child, they also need to understand that he has additional needs. I would definitely contact the school and ask for a meeting with their SENCO (special educational needs coordinator), the one at Riley’s new school has been amazing at implementing things to help him. xx

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