Thursday, 28 February 2013

Potty Training Difficulties

Potty training can be one of the most stressful times for both you and your toddler.

Some toddlers are easy to train, like my eldest daughter! One day, when she was 2, she suddenly realised she was a big girl and didn't want to wear nappies anymore she wanted to wear big girl pants. So we put a pair on her and she was dry from that day on and was even dry at night. Sadly the being dry at night didn't last for long as she became a bedwetter, but we managed to overcome that little obstacle eventually (see Dealing With Bedwetting)

My son took a little longer, but then he was the eldest and boys are sometimes harder to potty train. He eventually got the idea when he was 3 after several accidents at home and out and about. 

My 6yr old daughter was a little harder. She's very lazy and liked the convenience of wearing a nappy and not having to disturb her play to go on the potty. Eventually we managed to persuade her that she was a big girl and big girls wear panties. Although we're still having a struggle in getting her to remember to wipe afterwards and wash her hands!

However my 3yr old is a completely different matter and is proving to be harder than any of the others to train. The problem is she likes wearing nappies and insists on wearing them. If you try and put panties on her, she will throw a tantrum and doesn't like having her nappy changed at all. We've tried buying her special big girl panties of her favourite TV character that she chose herself, but even that hasn't helped. During the day, when we're at home, she will run around without a nappy and will quite happily use the potty, but when we're out and about she won't ask to go and will just wet herself. The biggest challenge is, she will not poo on the potty! If she doesn't have a nappy on, she will wait until bedtime and when she has one on to poo, usually several times meaning several changes in a short time. It doesn't help that she seems to poo more than once, every day! She started playschool last September when she was 2 1/2 and because she didn't like going and would cry every time I left her, I decided to leave her in nappies rather than throwing having to ask to go potty whilst she was there, especially as their bathroom is upstairs and it can be hard for the staff to take her when she needs to go. She still is reluctant to go to playschool, although she is getting better and doesn't make as much of a fuss. At the moment she only goes twice a week for 2hrs, but from Easter she will be entitled to free playschool and will hopefully going every day. I really want to get her out of nappies before she starts going to playschool every day so any advice on how to encourage her to use the potty for poos and also ask to go when we're out and about are greatly appreciated  We've tried a sticker chart and making a big fuss with lots of praise whenever she's used the potty and I don't know what else to do. 

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