HOW I POTTY TRAINED MY TWO DAUGHTERS AT THE AGE OF 6 MONTHS IN JUST 1 WEEK
Hello guys, in this post I will describe how I have potty trained both of my daughters from the age of 6 months in just 1 week.
My elder daughter is 3 years old now and she is completely independent in using the toilet. My 10 months old Eva is freely sitting on the potty. I have started training them at the age of 6 months.
It is important to know if your child is ready to be potty trained. You should be able to tell. If she can hold things in her hand and wether her back is strong or not.
According to the NHS website, children are usually not ready to be completely nappy free by the age of four. But from my experience it is so much easier to teach your child to be nappy free and potty trained, rather than using hundreds of nappies per month.
There are hundreds of books out there to help you in potty training, but honestly, I could not go with any stated methods. I chose my own and it worked wonders for me.
I have been encouraging my daughters to go onto the potty. By encouraging I mean telling them that they need to use potty every time I felt they needed to wee or poo. 6 months old baby obviously can not talk, but believe me, she can understand everything you tell her.
You as a parent need to be ready to potty train your child:
- Have patience
- Have discipline
- Remember to use potty each time you see she wants to wee/poo
- Each time child wants to pee show her the potty
- Tell your child that it is important to use the potty
- Do not leave your child on the potty alone
- Do not think that you will use potty ”next time”
- Always have the potty ready for your child so once she is ready you can quickly use it
- If you go out, take the potty with you so child can know that it is important to use potty always
- keep a good eye on your child, usually when they want to wee they make a shivering movement as if they were already passing urine. If your child wants to poo, she will usually make a little pushes, her eyes might get a bit red. Follow all signs of your child’s movements, you are the best person to know when they want to use potty.
- Check your child’s nappy in the morning, I have noticed that my daughter did not pee the whole night and as soon as she was dry in the morning, I knew it was the right time for her to be trained
- Get the nappy pants for your child, the ones I really love is from Pampers
- Be ready for accidents
Follow below steps with your child for 1 week:
- when using potty for the first time, do not put your child straight on it, hold her with her back facing your chest and let her do it this way, then slowly put her on the potty
- if your child is refusing to sit on the potty, do not force her, try again
- next time you feel she is wanting to wee, hold her again on the potty
- get some toys in front of her, so she can play while seating on the potty
- do not complain if your child makes accident, she might get anxious and refuse to sit on potty again
- let your child sit on potty very often during 1 week training time
- you should be able to tell when is the time to use potty (i.e. if it has been an hour or two that she did not pass urine)
- let your child use potty before and after sleeps
If you follow the above steps, believe me, your child will be potty trained in 1 week.
I know it is very very hard to potty train children, especially if you don’t have anyone to help you at home. With good discipline, with lots of support and attention, you will be able to get your child potty trained.
Both Elizabeth & Eva are both 6 months here, they could not stand or walk here at all. Most important part was that they could sit with their back straight up which really helped in potty training. Remember that your child might cry when using potty for the first times, but eventually they will like it and will even point out at it once they want to wee or poo 🙂
Please note that I am in not a potty training expert in any shape or form. I just love to achieve things on my own and then share them with you guys, you don’t have to try anything at all what I say, but these are just suggestions and advices. There are plenty articles about 3, 2 or even 1 day potty training methods, but it’s hard to believe some, because if something worked for you, it might not work for me or visa versa! If the child is not ready, she is just not ready. Best is to go with your feelings, only you will know once they are ready.
I hope you find my post helpful, please comment below with your experiences.
Thank you so much for reading!