Sebrina is a busy mumtrepreneur – a mum who also runs her own successful business. Not content with one thriving business, she’s recently started a new concept for parents in Dorset; Something New Magazine. This editorially-led publication is written, designed and distributed by Sebrina and her business partner Eleanor. Here’s one of their recent articles about potty training!
It’s fair to say that most parents dread the potty training stage; the endless asking ‘do you need a wee?’, the mad dash for the potty as warm fluid trickles out, the constant mopping and washing pants. Sigh, it’s a parental rite-of-passage. But how do you teach small people that just standing in the kitchen yelling ‘wee-wee mummmeeeeee’ isn’t how grown-ups use the loo?
The funny thing is, there is no right or wrong way; everyone does it differently, and everyone gets there in the end. Every child is unique, every household varies and no two parents, parent the same! The key to potty training is lots of positivity and familiarity.
Many parents found success by introducing potty training early. It might sound bonkers to buy a potty for a 6-month-old, but there’s real sound logic to it. So what does this look like in practice?
From the moment that your child is on the move, buy a potty. An actual-factual, real-life clean potty. Put it in with their toys. Show them that a potty is a great thing! Try to incorporate the potty into your everyday play and routines. Stuff like ‘aww, dolly sits on the potty’, ‘wee-wee on the potty’. The idea is to get your baby completely used to the potty in the months leading to toddlerhood and the all-important P-day (potty training day!). If a child has an object reference to a potty, they already feel comfortable around it, and that can be half the battle won!
Sharing is Caring
When you go to the toilet, let your children see you go. Many very relatable memes show parents trying to have those few moments of alone time in the loo, but alas, it might need to be a distant dream for a while. It’s well documented that children mimic adult behaviour, so by giving them the highlights of your toilet habits, you’re being a great role model. Who could have imagined you’d find yourself parroting ‘mummy’s having a wee-wee on the toilet’ or ‘daddy’s flushing the loo’? Do it as much as you can; kids need to hear a word 100 times on average for it to stick.
Reward children every step of the way, with positive gestures, smiles, voices, clapping, dancing and stickers. Keep a special separate sticker box in the bathroom and near the potty and keep them only for this use. Every time your child sits on the potty, even if they don’t go to the toilet, you still need to shower them with praise and a reward. Stickers work well for this since you’ll be handing out a fair few.
Try to keep everything to do with the potty training positive. There will be mishaps and accidents. Just clean it up with an ‘oh well’ and move on. Attaching shame to accidents can cause anxiety, which can hinder the process. It’s also really normal to have setbacks after a period of dryness; try not to worry, it will pass!
Wee steps for your wee one
There will be signs when your child is ready to potty train; things like telling you when they have a wet nappy, taking off their nappy, having a dry nappy for a long time, hiding to wee or poo. When you’re ready, it can be easier to let them be naked from the waist down or just in pants and check every 15-20 minutes to see if they need to go. From there, you’ll find what works for you.
This process will enable your child to take ownership of going to the toilet, have self-realisation of their actions, and the pride in themselves when they receive praise from their favourite people – you!
We live locally to Farmer Palmers and have annual passes for our whole family. We’ve been visiting the farm for 6 years now (so I have lots of good things to say!) My younger daughter age 19 months loves it and so does her 6 year old sister! (My eldest also loved it as a toddler!)
It’s a farm, with all the usual farm animals you’d expect to see and more.
The indoor play area is done very well and my youngest and eldest daughter love it in there, soft play is also great for both ages.
Bouncy castles are kept clean and well maintained (let’s remember there’s a daily influx of small children who’ve spent the day running free range on a FARM so of course it’s got signs of being used!).
My daughters love it here, you have an array of activities to choose from woodland walks, soft play & bouncy castles. Guinea pig holding is a hit (happy well looked after Guinea pigs not cramped up in a pet shop. We were so happy with the standards of care we got our own guinea pigs from here!). Goat and lamb feeding (yes on busy days you don’t get a huge amount of time yet I haven’t heard a grumble from a single child). Not mention water sprinklers, Go carts which are suitable for both adults and small children, lovely picnic area and playground, seasonal pony rides and real milking demonstration (my eldest loves it!). There is decent home cooked food served in the cafe. Also a tractor ride available for a couple of £ you can even feed deer.
We’ve had several birthday parties here (so have my nephews and nieces age up to age 12!) and everyone loves it.
Considering the price of most family days out, I think Farmer Palmers is actually very good value for money, it’s a far cry from a theme park (thank goodness!) and I love spending time with my kids here throughout the year be it rain of shine!
Will be renewing our annual pass for the 3rd year this summer!
Thanks for endless entertainment!
W Beth 2019
Not a theme park a wonderful family farm
"Good place for the family lots to see and do. Clean and staff helpful. Could spend a day there with the kids and have a great time. Would recommend to everyone."
"An absolutely lovely farm, with the most perfect helpful, knowledgeable staff. We had an amazing day."
Allergy Awareness "We come and visit you every week and I was so pleased to see the "no food" notice up in the soft play areas. My son is anaphylaxis to dairy and peanuts. Thank you for raising awareness and helping my son to not be at risk!"
"The imagination and creativity with the play areas is just perfect. Today we fed the lambs and it was such a special moment, I've always wanted to do it and loved it!"
"The passes are fantastic value for money and whenever we come to Farmer Palmer's my children never want to leave. Staff are always very friendly and helpful."
Annual Pass Holder
"Even when it's pouring down, FP is a great place to come. Plenty to do under shelter and who doesn't love to put their wellies on and splash in muddy puddles! And for the mums and dads, the cake is amazing :)"
Sarah says "Food in the restaurant was lovely and the staff were friendly"
"A rare treat, a full day out and change!"
Value for money!
"We keep coming back with our grandchildren"
"We are big fans!! My little boy wakes up most mornings asking if he can go to Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park!!"
"It was amazing. From organisation to the staff,
who were fantastic, we were very pleased"
Team Farmer Palmer Fan
"Great family day out. Highly recommended!"
Holiday visitor to Dorset
"I can't recommend this wonderful place enough. It's an amazing little piece of paradise in Dorset."
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