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?