By Grace Fagbohun
Quite a number of mums have sent in questions on this same subject, mostly asking what they can do to fully have their kids potty trained as early as possible. These mums tell us share how they helped their little ones attain this very important milestone.
Naked Time – Funmi Ojelade
I started potty training my son at the age of 2. I allowed my son move around our home…naked, or in just a T-shirt. When he’s not wearing a diaper or underwear, he’ll have no place to pee or poo and he’ll need to do it somewhere and the toilet would be a good idea! After pooping or peeing in the potty, we both have a look (yuck, I know, but the visual is important.) We made flushing a huge deal by pointing at the swirling water and acknowledging the cool whooshing sound. We also dyed the toilet water with red or blue food colouring. When it changes to orange or green, my son loved knowing that he’d caused it!
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Reward System – Kemi Fatoki
When my daughter turned 15 months, I started potty training and had to stop in winter. Going back to start all over in summer wasn’t as difficult as I thought. I used stickers and stamps on the hand as potty prizes. I kicked it up a notch by taking her to the store so she can pick out a super-special potty prize for a training milestone like the first full day in her undies. I also motivated her with food prizes like a pizza party for dinner or ice cream. Times I didn’t want to spend money, I looked around my house for an art work we could do together and displayed it so she could show off her ‘potty prize.’
My daughter is 2 years and 3 months, I just started training her to use the potty. It has not been an easy journey. At first, when I try to make her sit on the potty she would scream and throw a tantrum. She’d leave the potty only to mess up her underwear shortly after. Anytime this happens, I tell her what she did is meant to be done in the potty.
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Then I realised she loves posing for the camera, so anytime she’s on the potty I take photos of her and show her when she’s done. She started sitting on the potty because of the photos and made only wee. By the following week, we scaled through the ‘big one.’ I don’t hesitate to praise her every time she does it right. Now, she uses her potty without me reminding her.
To make it easier for both of us during the night, I stop giving liquids by 7 p.m. Then, I only have to take her to her potty twice during the night. It’s a big milestone for our family.
Whenever my son did his business in the potty, I was always ready to cheer, clap, smile and hug (celebratory dance parties are huge in our house!). I also let him make a few phone calls to Grandma so he can brag about his major triumph. The more people who make a big deal about this, the better!
Above all, I praise all attempts to use the potty even if nothing happens.
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Hope this inspire other mum. Thanks MIM for sharing.
Am just in that phase now tnx admin
Thanks for sharing mothers in the house. I started potty training when my son was 14months
Thanks all for sharing
Tnkx MIM for sharing
It’s always the most scary moment for me cos am an extremist when it comes to neatness and i make sure i keep every part of my home sparkly. So allowing my kid to go without diaper so i can take him to the potty is scary cos he always messes up the house.
It wasn’t difficult with my son because he was ready before we were.He would stare us in the eye or make a face before pooing.So we followed the clue and that was it
well,i started when she was able to sit,lets say 3/4months to sit her on potty,as early as 7months she knows she needs to poo or wee when i sit her there. before 12mnths,if she moves closer to her potty means she wanna wee or poo and if not understood she does it on herself. at 14months on she doesnt wee at night on her bed,at 2yrs,even if she is having running stomach in the midnight she will wake me because she is used to waking up when pressed. Am so proud of her because even the people taking care of her ain’t complaining in that aspect.
am not married yet,so no experience to tell
cant wait to share exiting moments with my toddler
Thanks for sharing
Just crossed this milestone. Thanks for sharing MIM.
tnx fr this mim
yea its never easy,thanks for sharing
I always leave them pantless during potty training …the trick is when they are ready it will make your job easy my daughter potty trained in 3 days it was like magic my son took almost 4 months it was so hard!
Nice one… thanks for sharing
I really need this. Thnx MIS
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