I am thinking about potty training Iyla, she is 16 months old. Does that make me potty?!
She has become really aware of her bum. And of her nappy or ‘mackee’ as she calls it. She keeps asking me to change it and has been running around pulling at it and saying ‘bum’ or ‘mackee’.
She knows when she is doing a poo and has become really interested in me when I’m on the toilet.
She also keeps coming up to us saying wee wee, poo poo, mackee and getting quite distressed. I just don’t think she wants it on anymore.
I was at a playgroup the other day and the lady running it noticed her behaviour and said that she looked ready to start on the potty.
I turned to Twitter last night as I usually do in these situations and had a lot of feedback from people. Some saying that their little girls displayed signs of being ready at that age even though they weren’t, some who said they hadn’t potty trained until their toddlers were nearly three and some who had been potty trained by the age of 11 months!
The general feeling was that if you do it before they are ready then it will be a lot of hard work but I guess you don’t know if they are ready until you try and it clearly is possible to do it at this age.
I have my concerns, I don’t know if I’m ready to have poo smeared everywhere and wee soaked into my car upholstery. Life is just so much easier when you don’t have to ask them if they need a wee every half an hour or find somewhere to whip a potty out. But then I think of the money I would save on nappies and if Iyla is uncomfortable in nappies then it seems silly not to give it a go.
So I am going to buy a potty and she how she reacts towards it, I’m going to make it fun and not put any pressure on her and be prepared for her to stay in nappies but she might surprise me and take to it well.
Now to decide what potty to buy, I never knew there was so much choice!
You can even get one that looks like a mini toilet and that talks! But at nearly £50 I don’t think it’s going to be an option!
(This isn’t a sponsored post, I just think this potty is rather cool!)
I am not even sure where to start, do I just take her nappy off and keep putting her on the potty?
What happens if we go out, is it like once the nappies are gone they’re gone or can you still put them on sometimes?
I think I had better do some reading up on where to start, it’s all a bit daunting!