This post is a little braggy but I’m okay with that. This is the story of how we are potty training our toddler Oden who is is now two and a half.
On the 31st of March, Oden decided he didn’t want to wear a nappy. He refused and told me he’s going to “pee like daddy” now. That day he ran around with no nappy and peed ONLY in the toilet standing up. I even found him there doing it by himself without telling me.
The following days we put underpants on him and he proudly announced each time “look mommy mine unnerpants” – in the days since then he has had four or five accidents.
We put nappies on him at night but last night he refused so we put it on him after he fell asleep because waking up to a wet bed is no fun.
I woke up this morning to my child banging on the door shouting “need to wee wee in the toilet mommy” and his nappy was bone dry. I know it’s early but so far, this is much easier than I was prepared for.
I expected potty training to be really hard but honestly, I think waiting for him to be ready has made ALL the difference. People have told us numerous times it’s time to potty train him but he didn’t seem ready.
I like the idea of listening to your child’s needs.Children come into the world exquisitely designed, and strongly motivated, to educate themselves. They don’t need to be forced to learn; in fact, coercion undermines their natural desire to learn. ~ Peter Gray Click To Tweet
We started with Baby Led Weaning and he has NO issues about eating any types of food now. He has a really good attitude to eating too. He eats when he’s hungry and he stops when he’s full. We never force feed him. He eats almost anything!
I’m not being holier than thou, I’m literally still learning how to mom and I’m definitely not saying our way is the best way but I am saying that listening to your child seems to work.
Treating them like people makes a massive difference.
They may be little but a lot of frustration comes from being forced to do things. Or from not being allowed to try things. Or from being told you MUST eat things you don’t like. Imagine if you said you don’t like pork and someone force-fed a pork chop to you. If you wouldn’t like it, why would they!
I’m sure there is a long way still to go before he’s fully potty trained but for now, yay Oden!
I’m so super proud of how he decided he was ready and he hasn’t looked back since.
Even when I doubt his ability to do it, HE knows he’s ready!
This post should probably be called ” That time my toddler potty trained himself” to be honest!