Showing posts with label potty training. Show all posts
Showing posts with label potty training. Show all posts

Monday, 29 January 2018

A Potty Training Update

I think I underestimated Finn when he was born. This tiny little boy, so much smaller than I had imagined, hooked up to machines looking so fragile. This baby who sat and smiled, slower to move than his brothers and content to watch. Toddler Finn is no longer that baby, he is an independent, head strong boy who will do things his way or not at all.

Potty training him is not as straight forward as it was with his brothers but I feel like we are on the verge of cracking it. We’ve been working as HUGGIES® Pull-Ups® ambassadors and have followed their 6 Steps to Potty Success. He has been wearing his HUGGIES® Pull-Ups® Day-Time and HUGGIES® Pull-Ups Night-Time for a couple of months now and we have seen so much progress. Two months ago he lay happily on the changing mat as I got him dressed in the morning and changed his nappy. Now he is so proud to get himself dressed every morning, pulling his socks on the wrong way round and taking a few attempts to get his arms through the right holes. He rejects help with his shoes and he insists that ‘Finn do it’. His big boy training pants fall perfectly in to this routine as they encourage his confidence and independence.

HUGGIES® Pull-Ups® are easy for him to pull on and off himself (‘I do’) and he knows that the wetness indicator on both the day and night time pants, fades when wet (‘I see’). We have sadly packed away all his dungarees, but now everything is easy to get on and off. We’re using HUGGIES® Pull-Ups® in the day and night to ensure consistency and make sure he feels like he’s in his big boy pants all of the time. The day time pants feature a learning liner (‘I feel’) which briefly mimics the feeling of wetness meaning he feels when he’s had an accident.

My independent little boy has two big brothers to copy as well so he has decided that a potty is not for him and he would prefer to use the toilet instead. Finn is still quite short so we have a step (Lightening McQueen of course) to help him reach. We have found that when he is with friends that are slightly older or already potty trained then he is much more interested in using the toilet, yet when he is with his little sister he is happy not to.

I know that my strong willed toddler will get there and I don’t doubt that it will be soon. He is ready in almost every sense, his determination just needs to kick in now!

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Potty Training with Huggies Pull-Ups

I have potty trained two children before, but the thought of starting with Finn still makes me nervous. According to Huggies 8 Signs of Readiness, he is showing signs that he is ready to start. He tells us when he has a dirty nappy, asks for a change and seems to be holding his wees. He is also interested in the potty - he watches his brothers using the toilet and wants to copy them.

In all honesty, I think the biggest thing holding us back at the moment is me. Our days seem busy, our schedule is full and unlike when the older two were in this phase, we now have school runs and clubs and things that we have to be on time for. We are working with HUGGIES® Pull-Ups® this time though and they have sent me everything I need to get started.

Finn is now wearing HUGGIES® Pull-Ups® instead of nappies and he is much happier with the independence. Thanks to the ‘I do’ feature, the super stretchy sides means he can pull his pants up and down himself.

To help get Finn ready for this new stage, we have been learning about wet and dry - this has probably been his favourite part of it all as he loves water play! Using sand, water and his little figures, I have been talking with him about the differences between the two sensations to help him understand wet from dry. HUGGIES® Pull-Ups® also feature a wetness indicator. When the Pull-Up is wet, the steering wheel image fades, visually signalling when your LO has had an accident. This forms part of the ‘I see’ feature which further stimulates a feeling of independence. The learning layer briefly mimics the feeling of wetness and enables Finn to ‘I feel’ when he’s had an accident.

I think being consistent day and night might take a little longer. Whilst Archie was dry day and night, there was nearly 2 years for Dylan to master all times of the day. As HUGGIES® Pull-Ups® child psychologist, Dr Heather Wittenberg explains, the nerve pathways between the bladder and the brain must be strong enough to wake your LO from a deep sleep. Therefore, we’ll be taking a more relaxed approach with Finn as accidents during the night are completely normal. HUGGIES® has specifically designed night time Pull-Ups with extra absorbency for overnight protection whilst still maintaining consistency.

So what are the Huggies 6 steps?

1) Check you are both ready by taking a look at the 8 Signs of Potty Training Readiness
2) Say goodbye to nappies and hello to HUGGIES® Pull-Ups®
3) Start practicing and building a routine
4) Learn wet from dry.
5) Be consistent day and night.
6) Keep up the good work!

Do you have any tips to help us on our potty training journey?

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A Little Boy

The last month has seen the introduction of some rather funky Jake and the Neverland Pirate pants, and we no longer have two in nappies.  Despite me wanting to wait until the summer, the little dude had other ideas and instigated potty training.  He has taken to it so well and I am really glad that I waited rather than pushed it as we spent one day indoors and then went on with our normal lives.

After only a few days, we realised he was dry at night as well, and whilst we haven't yet taken the plunge as we have holidays later this month, realistically nappies are now a thing of the past for my biggest little man.

Potty training not only signalises a step in the right direction, but the end of an era for Dylan.  Nappies were the last bit of babyhood that we have been holding onto, and at two and a half, Dylan has come so far from that beautiful newborn baby he once was that he is barely recognisable.

All those little things that differentiate babies from preschoolers have been left behind.  Milk and other drinks are now drunk from a cup rather than a breast, bottle or beaker, and we never went down the dummy road.  The cot became a bed, and the gro bag was replaced with a duvet.  Afternoon naps are becoming rare, and Dylan barely uses a buggy now, able to walk most places quite easily.

At two and a half, Dylan's speech is well ahead of his age, he is learning to read, he can count, he can understand so much, and he is barely even a toddler anymore, but a little boy, learning at every opportunity, growing before my very eyes.  He is becoming so aware of everything around him, his curiosity and questions helping him make sense of the big world, but still in that simplistic toddler way, where everything is good and pure.

With Potty training being sprung upon me without warning (two months ago he would not have sat on a potty, nevermind used it as a toilet!),  I feel almost nostalgic for the days when my little boy was more dependent, on me and on other people in general.  He is asserting his independence more every day, learning to dress himself, to take himself off to the toilet, to read his own stories.

Dylan is a tall boy, a confident boy and a loving boy, asking for cuddles and to have a snuggle on the sofa with me.  The new milestones have meant that he is choosing to be loving and choosing my comfort and that is one of the best things to come out of it.

Saying goodbye to nappies is more than just a simple goodbye though, it is my little man proving that he is ready for new challenges, for everything that is to come.  It will be time to drop him off at nursery in a few months and later this year I will be choosing schools for my two year old, as he will start at only just turned 4.  The end of nappies and the loss of those baby things means I will soon have a preschooler on my hands.

 No longer a baby, but a little boy.

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