What do you do when your toddler shows signs of potty training earlier than normal? What is normal? Everywhere I look it says that most parents start potty training their children between 2 and 3 years old but Alyssia is only just coming up 18 months old and she has been showing signs of readiness for a while now.
I asked on twitter a while back for some advice on when to start & what to do and I seemed to get quite a negative response making me feel like I was pushing my daughter too much when in actual fact she has been showing signs of readiness for months. Alyssia understands when she has done a wee or a poo (lets not bother trying to make it sound polite, we’re all adults here) she understands where it comes from & when its happening. She knows when mummy is going for a ‘wee wee’ and she knows what to do once she has done one. Every time Alyssia wets her nappy or has done a number two, she will run off to the nappy cupboard & grab a nappy (sometimes all of them) a pack of wipes and lies on the floor ready for me to change her bum. We have been using nappy pants since she was about 11 months old if I remember rightly. I find them so much easier to get on & off of her and I feel like its a brilliant way to get them ready for potty training by having ‘big girl pants’ like mama. (Mama doesn’t wear pull ups, just to clarify – but you know what I’m saying). I have done my research and it says that a child under 2 years old cannot control when they wee & poo, I completely understand and agree with this – Alyssia can’t do this yet & I definitely don’t expect her to as she is just 18 months old. It also says that starting too early will result in accidents, again this is true but I am not going to go all in and take away her nappies completely.. she is still only little.
I have chosen to introduce the potty at just 18 months old because although Alyssia cannot control when she does a wee or a poo just yet, I feel like it will help her in the long run knowing that she can sit on the potty if she needs to do one. As she is so young we are starting by sitting her on the potty with her nappy still on when she shows signs of needing the toilet to get her used to the idea.
We were kindly sent a Peppa Pig potty training bundle by License to PR this included a potty training seat, a stool, a book & some Peppa Pig wipes. Alyssia was so excited when we received our blogger mail and helped me un-box it all but as soon as she realised it was Peppa Pig on the front, she went wild (she’s a big fan). Unfortunately the company ran out of Peppa Pig Potty’s which we needed in order to start our potty training journey however our problem was soon solved when we found one for just £11.99 online at babycurls, sorted.
I am a first time mama, so I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to ‘Potty shopping’ but I do know that I want something that looks comfortable & is easy to clean, this is exactly what this is. It also has the Peppa Pig design on the front which is great when you have a toddler who shouts the word ‘Peppa’ 10 times a day. The toilet training seat is the exact same design & again is easy to clean. It will help us so much when we transition from the potty to the toilet at a much later date. The stool is brilliant, it is non-slip which is exactly what we wanted & is amazing quality, the first thing Alyssia did when we unboxed the parcel was take the stool out & sit on it. We also received some Peppa Pig wipes & a Peppa Pig book. We have read the book a good 20 times now & I think I nearly know all of the words… mum life at its finest, right? But Alyssia absolutely adores it & asks for the Peppa book every morning.
A massive thank you to License to PR for our (Alyssia’s) Peppa Pig bundle!