As a first-time toilet training mum, all I could do was take on other people’s advice and give it a shot. So we started when I thought Elliott was ready but, he wasn’t. It didn’t go well and I didn’t push it.
I wasn’t in a rush to toilet train Elliott and decided that I would wait until I saw more signs that he was, in fact, ready. I wasn’t sure if the signs would be obvious or what they would be but, to my delight, the signs were as plain as day.
Signs that Elliott was ready for toilet training:
- He hated wearing a nappy, especially when it was full
- He often took his nappy off by himself
- He started showing interest in the toilet – looking at the toilet, flushing the toilet
- He started taking himself to the toilet or asking to use the toilet
Once Elliott showed these signs, toilet training was soon in full swing and Elliott was pretty much toilet trained within a few days. The night time sleeps were a work in progress using nappy pants and eventually none, but it was also a quick and relatively easy process.
Yes, there were a few accidents during the process, but nothing major. Elliott simply got to a point where he knew the feeling and went by himself and the rest is history. Oh, how I loved the sound of a flushing toilet!
Obviously, every child is different when it comes to this type of thing, but I guess the one piece of advice I can give to Mums wondering when to start toilet training for the first time is, just wait until they’re ready. I hear so many people say they’re going to toilet train their children when they are still so young and I ask myself, why? Is it purely the convenience to the parent or is it for the child?
Wait until they’re ready I say, wait until you see the signs and then it will be a relatively smooth and easy process for everyone involved. And my other piece of advice, when they have accidents try not to get angry or frustrated, tell them it’s ok and give them words of encouragement. When they do get it right, praise is the most important thing.
How did toilet training go in your house? Do you have any advice for first-time toilet training mums?