Mar 19th 2019 Back to latest news
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!
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!
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!
Sebrina and Eleanor, Editors
Something New Magazine https://www.somethingnewmag.co.uk/
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