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The poo dance


The poo dance: I'm delighted to say the potty training has been a fabulous success & although I still carry a spare potty around we hardly need to use it as Oliver's bladder control is much better. We had a great start with the number 2's and then for some reason Oliver developed a fear of the poop.Potty training This was very upsetting to watch him say he needed to go & then dance around not wanting to sit down on the toilet or the potty really getting quite distressed. This was not helped by the fact that we have quite a few toilets in our house & we found he would change his mind about which one he wanted to use, which meant Oliver was running between bathrooms & we where running around after him.

The poo dance which we found it referred to on-line could go on for a few days & meant myself hubby & Nanna where spending more & more time in the bathroom, trying different techniques/ reading him books to relax him. I had a greatly timed visit with a lovely Heath visitor Louise about the new baby which was very helpful as she confirmed that this fear is really quite common. I was surprised to hear that many children experience this fear & thankful to hear it soon passes. Following a discussion with the health visitor and a few of my mummy friends I made the following changes... Potty Pick a toilet/ potty position especially for number 2's Make it special with certain books which are reserved for that time (Nanna bought a great 6 book set of a Fireman Sam books which we save for this time). Pop the sticker chart in or around the area to reinforce the reward system

Poop story I made up a story about a little boy called Milo who was very brave, used the toilet and was rewarded for his poop in the toilet. Oliver seemed to enjoy the story & still tells me now how he is brave like Milo (although you can buy specific books if you prefer not to make-up a story).

High Fibre I think the main reason Oliver was scared was discomfort, so I switched to a high fibre diet, supplemented brown bread for white & put a small amount of prune juice in his apple juice (literally an inch in the bottom of the cup) which I'm sure has helped the fear as he was going more regularly.

Praise the good We had more then a few accidents during the poo dance phase but we still praised Oliver for being brave & tried our best to remain as encouraging as possible to avoid him feeling upset or embarrassed about his accidents.

The phase soon passes... I wrote this post before I had Charlotte & I'm delighted to say that today the fear has now gone. In fact I was upstairs gathering a load of washing on Friday & when I came downstairs Oliver was excited to show me the poop he had done in the potty. Oliver had taken his pants off & sat down all by himself! So don't be worried if your toddler goes through the same thing and does the poo dance, if you stay calm & preserve the phase will quickly pass. Michelle X

7 Days Potty Training


7 Days Potty Training Day 1 I explained to Oliver when he woke-up it was a special day for big boys potty training, I showed him the special stickers & the reward chart and he was very excited. I took his nappy off, washed him & let him choose his big boy pants. I then explained that all wee wee's go into the potty or the toilet. It was about 6.45 when Oliver disappears into his bedroom & is being worryingly quiet, as suspected he is having his morning poo, he says Fireman Sam pants are dirty and is quite upset, I explain its fine & mummy is not upset. Potty training

We went swimming in the morning & Oliver had a wee before swimming in the toilet & a HUGE one afterwards, very proud mummy. We used a pull-up in the car too & from the pool.

Oliver goes for a nap when we get home with a nappy on. Ben collected his sister, other half & two nieces from the airport, we are all chatting drinking tea & eating biscuits, the excitement of it is all too much, Oliver has three accidents (wee, wee's).

In the afternoon we were out on a long car journey (so nappy on) to ikea and then another long journey to another ikea (you don't want to know!). I'm feeling very disappointed that I choose today to start, I should have planned things better, poor Oliver.

Accidents Poo * 1 Wee * 3

Day 2 Dadda's turn to get Oliver up. Ben reinforces the success from the previous day by filling in the stickers we missed out on yesterday & telling him how proud we are. He is very excited! Dadda is busy working on Oliver's bedroom today so we are off out for a play date at a friends. We have a few wee's on the potty before we go but I put a pull-up for the car & set-off with potty & sticker chart in toe. Despite asking Oliver if he needs the potty he's very distracted at Lucie's and we don't use the potty at all, We go home & straight to a nap.

In the afternoon we remove the nappy after his nap, Daisy popped in with Florence & we all play in the garden, Oliver spends the afternoon happily using the potty & excitedly celebrating his success. When Daisy & Florence leave I'm tidying the kitchen & Oliver comes in jumping around from the garden saying 'come see the poo' I think that he means the dogs; however he quickly corrects me, it actually Oliver's poo on the grass!!! I wasn't sure how to react but praised him. I suppose it's good isn't it?! Mummy is feeling much more positive today.

Accidents - None

Day 3 I had a bit of a scare with my pregnancy and had to go to hospital (Add link). We dropped Oliver at Nanna's & luckily I had already dropped the potty to Mums a few weeks ago, so she continued the potty training, which was fabulous. Not sure if I was prouder of Oliver or my mum, well done!

After a stressful morning Oliver & I have a nap and then Dadda decides to treat us to a trip on the Bluebell Railway, such a good idea to make a happy memory on a exhausting day. We use a pull-up for train and remove it when we get home. Not the best day as we where out all afternoon but no accidents either side of the trip.

Accidents - None

Day 4 We have a nice restful morning at home, continuing to reinforce the successes in the morning with stickers from the day before. No accidents before the day time nap, we are still continuing to use nappies for the naps/ nigh time sleep. In the afternoon we go to Brighton to meet Daisy, Jon & Florence, using the pull-ups but again Oliver is reluctant to use the potty or toilet whist wearing a pull-up. We go back to Daisy's for dinner, whipped off the nappy & have lots of wee's on the potty from Florence & Oliver. Florence just sits down un-prompted, We still ask Oliver if he needs to go & help him quickly get on the potty.

Accidents - None

Day 5 We decide to have a full day at home, we continue to reinforce the success in the morning with the stickers. We both climb back into bed for a cheeky 5 minutes & Oliver calls out for a wee & don't quite make it in time & have a little sprinkle in the pants but the majority of the wee goes into the potty. We spend the day at home apart from Oliver going for a quick trip out in the car with Dadda to B&Q in a pull-up. In the afternoon I decide I need to hoover under the wardrobe (don't ask), Ben nips up whilst Oliver is in his high-chair, he is calling out but we carry on moving the furniture & when Ben gets back down stairs he has had an accident in the highchair. We both feel very guilty as we ignored him & carried on moving the furniture, forgetting he might need a wee. Dadda did however manage to coax Oliver to do the first number two on the potty, we are very excited & Oliver is rewarded with a chocolate button, a special Fireman Sam sticker & a hot wheels car. A little over the top perhaps but he is really quite apprehensive about number two's & we still feel awful about the highchair wee.

Accidents - Wee * 1 (& a bit)

Day 6 - 1st day no nappy! Having nearly completed a week, I decide that the success rate is high & it's time to ditch the pull up nappy completely during the day. Oliver is not asking to use the potty when wearing a pull-up & he's doing so well in just big boy pants. As its Ben's last day off before returning to work we decide to go out to Sumner ponds with no nappy, scary!! We ask Oliver to sit on the potty just before we leave & use a small hand towel in his car seat just in case. The drive is only 20 minutes & no accident. We carry the potty round with a small bottle of water to rinse it if used & after a drink & snack Oliver happily used the potty discreetly in a quiet corner. We then have a nice long walk, a trip to the play park & another wee on the potty before getting into the car. I will admit I rewarded Oliver with a chocolate button for the wee wee's, I'm so proud we have had no accidents. In the afternoon we go to the crabtree's 2nd birthday party nappy free again & Oliver happily uses the potty & sprinkles a few of the flowers too. We have no accidents but I am rewarding him with a chocolate button. We all have a fabulous time & we are extremely proud, no accidents on the first full day of no nappy other than for sleeping !!

Accidents - None WOW!!!!

Day 7 Our first day of no nappy without Dadda but luckily Nanna comes along to toddler bounce with us, two pairs of hands are far better then one, especially when your 30 weeks pregnant! We have lots of wee's on the potty including one in the car park before we leave & no accidents. In the afternoon Nanna takes Oliver out for a few hours to her house, I'm delighted to say that we have no accidents again.

Accidents - none

Week 2 We are now a day away from completing our second week of potty training & have no accidents to report since day 5. I have had a pretty restful week at home lots of help from my Mum/ Ben and not had any long car journeys. The sticker chart is still used for number 2's and a chocolate button as he still seems apprehensive but I find distraction with reading a book is a great help as he still seems a little bit scared.

When going out I try and time leaving with a wee & do carry the potty, we have had a potty wee in the post office & in the local shopping centre which did mean walking around with a filled potty but, I carry a little bottle of water to rinse the potty out. I have noticed that the frequency of needing the toilet has significantly reduced & Oliver is now asking me for the potty, although I do still also remind him just in case.

Oliver has not been wearing trousers or shorts, only pants which serves two purposes, reminding mummy & quick access but now it's a little chillier I think we will be reintroducing clothes, poor little chap!

Tip: I did rush out & buy lots more pants as in the first week especially we needed to change them after most wee's; however now we are really only using 1-2 pairs a day. I carry a spare change of clothes & a few pairs of pants/ t-shits just in case. I'm not attempting the nappy removal for naps/ night-time until we have dry nappies but will keep you posted. I'm sure we will have accidents in the future but there's no going back now...

We would love to hear your experience too, Good luck with your potty training... Michelle X

Gina Ford Potty Training in a week


Gina Ford Potty Training in a week: I've been thinking about potty training for a while, although to be honest wondered if it was a bit too soon, Oliver is 26 months. We had a premature start when some friends came to stay & started talking about chocolate. I don't let Oliver have chocolate as a rule but when he kept hearing it I said you will only get chocolate if you sit on the potty & do a wee, 5 wee's later I was still in shock & 1/2 a packet of chocolate buttons down. The next day Oliver told me he needed a wee in the car but I was completely un-prepared as he had just turned 2. I had read the Gina Ford potty training in a week book & been doing the preparation steps learning wet & dry, wash our hands, practice sitting on the toilet/ potty before his bath, when he woke-up & after his nap (with successes) but with no fixed date in mind.Potty

I decided the 5 wee's was a warning & I dashed off to boots to stock up on the necessary items, which was great timing as they sent me lots of potty related money saving coupons (it's SO worth joining the boots parenting club). Although I was very keen to disassociate the success of a wee with chocolate & replace it with stickers.

A good friend of mine Cherry has had great success with her little boy Tommy, Daisy has made fabulous progress with Florence & I read a few different articles on-line one of which recommended ditching the nappies & going straight to pants. Cherry also suggested using boxers as opposed to briefs as they are less snug around the intimate areas & so less like a nappy, so I stocked up at M&S.

Our preparation toolkit: 1 Sticker reward chart Special Fireman Sam stickers (favourite for poo) Bob the builder stickers for wee wee's Lots of other stickers Books 4 potty's (one upstairs, one downstairs, one at mums & one for out and about) 2 steps 2 toilet seats 12 pairs of pants 2 small hand towels Wipes Nappy bags

When hubby decided to have a week off I figured two pairs of hands are better then one and decided we would just get on with it... Tomorrow I will share with you how we got on! Michelle x

Potty training Florence


Potty training Florence The time has arrived and the potty that has been sitting in our bathroom for 6 months is out and in use... Yes the potty has been used! Tip: Someone advised me months ago that if you buy the potty well in advance and keep it in the house for Your toddler to play with, sit on, put dolly's on, when the time comes to start the training she is not afraid of it. Good advise!

20130713-203311.jpg We bought this fantastic potty by 'Jahgoo' It is a 3 in 1 it is a potty Potty-ToiletSeat-StepStool This gorgeous and practical 3-in-1 bath room accessory is, first and foremost, an ergonomically designed potty. The reservoir is easy to remove for uncomplicated cleaning. The removable non-slip toilet seat fits perfectly on any toilet seat. The stool can be used as a foot rest when sitting on the big toilet, or as a stand-alone step stool. When the child is fully potty trained, the stable step stool turns into a handy tool for all those hard-to-reach places around the house as it holds both children and adults. It is also great because it is higher than basic potty's so easier to get onto for your little one. I am not going to lie, for the first ever trial I said that if she managed to go to the toilet successfully she could have a treat. A treat for Florence could range from a sweetie, a piece of dark chocolate (she prefers that to milk-takes after her JaJa) or even a toy that I know she has not played with for a while that I wrapped up!! It worked, I took off her nappy and said that if she needed to go to the toilet she had to use the potty. I was busy typing up a quick blog whilst she was busy doing some drawing and suddenly she started pointing and showing me that she had done a 'poo poo in the potty'. It was heart wrenching- she was so proud and I was too. I put a couple of dark chocolate drops in her hand and the deal was done. Since then the bribes are no longer needed, we have created a pretty good happy dance-for our eyes only, which is performed after each success. 20130713-203256.jpg Flossie Doing her happy dance, too cute not to share.

I have not attempted taking her out without a nappy on yet, I think I will wait until we get to the toilet stage.. Since then she has proudly shown me when she has had success with her potty training 20130713-203320.jpg

Good luck everyone I have shared my techniques, everyone has there own ways but hope this helps a little!

Daisy x