Reason #102 to NEVER do potty training….

Reason #102 to NEVER do potty training….

It feels like everyone is doing it, I am fighting peer pressure to avoid it, yet I also know the reality is I need to do it.

There is a reason as to why I have waited so long to join in…

I simply dislike pooh, and I have rather similar feeling about wee.

So whenever BB and I engage in a conversation about potty training the end conclusion is pretty much the same.  She is happy in nappies, I am happy changing nappies (it is a controlled mess) and we both don’t see the need to change.

But I do appreciate that she may get the occasional funny look if I have to come at lunchtime when she is at school to give her a quick wipe down and change; so I am guessing at some point between now and 2014 I am going to have to show her what the loo is all about.

But I remember…

I remember toilet training the twins,  popping out to the supermarket suddenly involved taking a small holdall.  A fold up seat, a travel potty with a bag to catch shite in, two changes of clothes (per child) sweets as a reward, more pants for failing.  A spare pair of jeans for me, always included after one of them pittled down my leg in Pizza Express.  Wipes, new toddler hand wipes, hand gel, and a small towel to put on the car seat; just in case.

If my memory serves me rightly we lived like this for over a month.  I am scarred by that month.

I can also never forget the time when we were in the cafe in Debenhams on a Saturday lunchtime and we thought we had potty training sorted.

What fools we were…

Twin girl hoped down from her chair between courses and shrieked with delight as she saw yummy chocolate balls rolling on the floor.  Twin boy beamed as he shook them out of his shorts, I screeched as I saw twin girl bend to retrieve one and luckily prevented her from ingesting her twins outpourings!

This post was meant to get my head in gear to start the dreaded training…

I think I’ll wait another month.

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  1. February 20, 2013 / 9:52 am

    How old is BB now? At the risk of being annoying we waited ’til the twins were nearly 3, took a week off for it & only needed the weekend. They’re both there now: no accidents, using potties & toilets happily every time, even dry most nights.

    Having siad that, dealing with poo here is my job: it makes Jallie Mummy gag. I need to sort out a child seat for the upstairs loo. Funnily enough she also spelt ‘poo’ as ‘pooh’ on their reward charts: must go with the phobia!

    • northernmum
      February 21, 2013 / 9:52 pm

      She is 3 in May, the twins were 2.5 – but we werent really in a hurry and they went dry at night.

      It is just the thought of it! Plus BB has mobility issues so is slower to get to loo and cant bend that well!


  2. Helen
    February 20, 2013 / 9:56 am

    At least the chocolate balls rolled out… I was not so lucky for our 18 months of poo pie pant hell….

    Good luck with it! 😉

    • northernmum
      February 21, 2013 / 9:51 pm

      Jesus! *knocks potty training off to do list forever*

  3. February 20, 2013 / 10:06 am

    I am too scarred to talk about potty training in a sane manner at the moment. Don’t do it. That’s all I’m going to say.

    • northernmum
      February 21, 2013 / 9:51 pm

      this post was meant to let you stop guilt free!

  4. February 20, 2013 / 10:14 am

    We’re trying to start this hellish journey at the moment, but I have to say that I’ve not got much enthusiasm for it at all!

    • northernmum
      February 21, 2013 / 9:53 pm

      there are nicer things to do!

  5. February 20, 2013 / 12:37 pm

    Crap (excuse the pun) really not looking forward to doing this think it will be soon but haven’t got a clue where to start or what to do. Can’t they just bring out a new product like ‘Tena Toddler’ or something not quite as obvious as a nappy so they can just wear it all day without anyone noticing?

    • northernmum
      February 21, 2013 / 9:50 pm

      Dont do it! – and you have forever x

  6. February 20, 2013 / 2:12 pm

    Hmm, I WAS going to write a post about the joys of toilet training, which as you know I have now been doing for almost 13 years. Believe me, you do eventually get used to the mess and the smell and the stuff you have to lug around 😀

    • northernmum
      February 21, 2013 / 9:50 pm

      13 years – blees you x

  7. February 20, 2013 / 10:52 pm

    Put it off. In the summer they wear less clothes and they dry faster. That’s my theory when in winter.

    I’m still scarred from potty training the previous lot. Particularly having to get to the poo in the potty before the dog did … or she’d be seen licking her lips in pleasure and be banished outside the house forever more!

    • northernmum
      February 21, 2013 / 9:50 pm

      ew ew ew ew

  8. February 20, 2013 / 11:11 pm

    I didn’t do the potty thing with either of my boys. Straight to pants. Straight to the loo. They don’t like the feel of wee down the leg and they hate the poo in the pants, so they stop it really very quickly. My youngest was so desperate to get his pants off after doing a no. 2 that he accidtnally chucked poo all up the wall of our loo. That put me right off Nutella for ages! It worked tho. I’ve never understood the potty business. Good luck 😉

    • northernmum
      February 21, 2013 / 9:49 pm

      actually the twins didnt stick on the potty for long – I dont mind which they do but just cant be arsed to actually do it! xx

  9. February 21, 2013 / 4:57 pm

    You have just made my mind up to wait another 6 months. I don’t even know where to begin so it is easier to wait and we are both happy at the moment.

    • northernmum
      February 21, 2013 / 9:49 pm

      Stick with me, we can be the nappy brigade

  10. February 22, 2013 / 12:34 am

    We are in potty training hell at the moment. 7 weeks in and he still has accidents whenever we leave the house. He knows exactly what he has to do but it’s like he’s too shy to ask when he is out. Endless accidents (mainly wee luckily, only two with poo thank goodness), I am so fed up of potty training!

  11. February 22, 2013 / 4:19 pm

    Have just been through all this with Little A – and now through the tunnel, out the other side – and so will you be when the time is right. Little A loves her potty – we have to bribe her to sit on the loo. At least it’s only one this time and not two!

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