The Joys of Toilet Training

The time has come to start toilet training. We’ve been doing it for a few days now and to be quite honest, before we started, I was wondering how I’d ever know when Elliott would be ready.

Just the same as many other things during this growth and development, he definitely showed the signs which was a relief to me. It literally went from him enjoying sitting in his own filth, to holding his bum, wanting to rip his nappy off (or on some occasions he did) and simply not wanting to have his happy on full stop.

I’ve definitely not expected the toilet training process to be a quick and easy thing. I’ve made sure my cool, calm and collected hat is on at all times and that there’s loads of encouragement given to Elliott.

I made the decision that we’re going straight to the big toilet, no potty, by using a ‘kiddy loo’ which you can see in the photo. To my surprise and delight, Elliott LOVES sitting on the toilet. I was totally prepared for uncontrolled crying due to being scared of ‘what was in the hole’. But Elliott will happily sit and read a book and pretend to get the toilet paper and wipe. We still haven’t had any number ones and twos come yet while on the toilet, they’ve all been on the floor, however, the process has proven that he absolutely hates the wet feeling in his undies, he is totally disgusted by poo and is more than capable to tell mummy that he needs to go to the toilet even though we’ve not made it on all occasions thus far. It’s a start, a really good start and he’s received nothing but praise for his progress so far.

I haven’t read any books on toilet training, I’ve read a few blog posts about peoples experience, but really, it’s all about knowing Elliott. I know his cues, I talk with him and build his confidence. If he has an accident, that’s ok and I tell him so. He knows it doesn’t feel good, he knows he needs to do it on the toilet, but it’s all in good time and something that I’m not going to push.

To be honest, it’s a little sad seeing him wear his little size 1-2 undies with George pig in his muddy puddles and Hoot and his giggle galaxy. It means he’s coming through to another stage, he’s growing up and as much as I’m enjoying the experience, I’m feeling awfully sad too.

But this process isn’t all about me and when I want him to toilet train, it’s about Elliott and when he’s ready and so far the process is going great because I’m taking his lead.

I’ll make sure I keep you updated!

How did you know your little one was ready for toilet training? How did it all go?

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Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. The Plumbette
    April 8, 2014 / 12:10 am

    I started training my 2 year old when she was 2 and 2 months but it wasn’t successful and I gave up because I was pregnant at the time and sick of bending down to wipe up the messes, but a couple of months later my daughter asked if she could use the potty and honestly she just seemed to get the hang of It straight away. We’ve had accidents but it’s all part of the process and they are far and between now. My only advice is just go with the flow and from the sounds of your post you’re doing just that. 🙂

  2. April 8, 2014 / 2:54 am

    On the toilet training ride as we speak. I didn’t push it, like Ellliot, Hugh started ripping his nappy off (after the fact) and went about to empty the contents in the toilet himself. Being summer, we have had a lot of pants off time and whilst he had a bit of anxiety about doing number two’s in the toilet, wees were not an issue and we also have the lemon tree trick. We have a kid seat as well, though I still have to lift him up and help him which is fine. There have been lots of accidents which I have expected, though he is always quick to inform me when these occur. Oh i hate cleaning shit off the carpet I tell ya!!!! Unless he is totally absorbed in an activity as 2.5 yr olds mostly are he is pretty good at telling me when he needs to go and its a happening celebration when it does happen. We should be ready to leave the house nappy free very soon I am sure… All in good time. Sounds like you have it all under control there.

  3. April 8, 2014 / 3:56 am

    Well done Elliott! We’re not quite there yet, he is starting to tell me when he needs to go to the toilet, but still refuses to sit on one. I’m not going to push the issue, I don’t think it will be too much longer until he is ready.

  4. April 8, 2014 / 7:53 am

    Once they are ready it should be a smooth easy ride. Don’t be afraid to take a few steps back if needed. Always happens. Good luck. Enjoy 🙂 x

  5. Wendy Parks
    April 8, 2014 / 9:53 am

    Sounds like you are both doing a great job with toilet training! My little girl likes to sit on the toilet too and “wipe” herself and wash her hands, but she hasn’t actually done any wees or poo on the toilet yet, but she will get there.
    Keep up the great work 🙂

  6. Elise
    April 8, 2014 / 10:34 am

    Go you! It sounds ike you are off to a great start. We had a similar start and it’s been slow going, but Lolly is the same, she knows she hates it in a nappy and wants it in the toilet, and after a couple of months now we are venturing out in pants instead of pullups. Its so depressing to see how big their little clothes are on them now without a nappy!

  7. annstuck
    April 8, 2014 / 10:55 am

    First time around was a breeze, second time around is not going so well. Good on you guys life is so different without nappies!!

  8. April 8, 2014 / 11:25 am

    I just made sure my kids knew what it was and when to use it, and one day they just started doing it. I think kids are pretty capable of toilet training quickly and easily when they are ready.

  9. April 9, 2014 / 1:56 am

    All the best, toilet training is one of the most soul destroying jobs ever I reckon. Good luck – I still have 1 to train, 2 down, 1 to go 🙂

  10. mrsdesperate
    April 9, 2014 / 6:08 pm

    With both my kids, I waited until they were ready and it wasn’t a bit deal at all. Except for my daughter who slept so deeply she couldn’t wake for a wee a night. Pull-ups were awesome for that.

  11. April 11, 2014 / 6:06 am

    I have no toilet trained a child yet but we are in the process. We have had really good days, bad days, and days where we don’t even bother at all. Today has been a good day, she didn’t want to wear her nappy and she’s done 3 wees on the potty. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. I’m not pushing it though. She knows exactly what to do and she is starting to learn how to control what she is doing and I know we’ll get there. I figure the less pressure I put on her the more inclined she’ll be to use the toilet when she is totally ready.

  12. April 20, 2014 / 11:37 pm

    This can be such a tricky part of the parenting journey – but I think you are doing a great thing by following your little one’s lead. We went with the flow and followed they lead of our boys – and both were quite different – and it was much less stressful and far more successful that way Josefa #teamIBOT

  13. April 20, 2014 / 11:37 pm

    How cute the he sits on the loo with a book, just like a grown-up! I waited until my son was ready himself, so I started quite late (just before he was three) but once I started, it all happened really quickly and he didn’t have many accidents at all after that. I hope it will be as easy as that with my daughter!