Potty Training- The First Week…

Last Friday Mads and I were happily going about our day when she announced to me that she needed a wee and that she didn’t want to do it in her nappy, she wanted to do it in her potty.  To say it surprised me was an understatement, we have had a potty in the bathroom for months but bar a couple of ‘number two’s’ every now and again, she hasn’t been particularly interested in it.

I duly took her nappy off and she did a wee in the potty.  To which I praised her.  She then did another one.  To which I praised her some more.  I then decided if she was interested then maybe we should just go for it.  I hadn’t wanted to do it until the summer while LL was so small but we decided to give it a go.

Saturday morning we got up and went and bought a new potty from Kiddicare to get her excited about it.  We said she could choose whichever one she liked, so she proceeded to choose a big flushing £30 duck potty.  So we said she could choose any one she wanted…except that one!  In the end she chose a nice much more reasonable pink one.

We then went to the supermarket and let her choose a few packs of ‘big girl knickers’.  Naturally Peppa Pig made an appearance.

And that was it.  Our potty training experience had begun.

I decided to go down the route of putting her in pull up’s when we are out and during nap times and bedtime.  I know that some people don’t agree with them because they think they aren’t much different to nappies and therefore they won’t learn, but I am too scared at this early stage to take her out without at least a bit of added protection.  However when we go out I have been putting her in big girl knickers with the pull up over the top so hopefully she will feel the sensation that she is wet.

The weekend was a bit hit and miss as Sunday we went to Essex for the day and so she wore a pull up most of the day, although she did do a few wee’s when we stopped.  Monday was our first official day of starting and all went well.  She had one accident and one number two accident as she seems to be a bit fearful of going on there to do them- apparently everyone I have spoken to has said this is quite common.

Tuesday she went to her Auntie Emma’s for the day and she said she was really good and had two little accidents, mainly because she gets cross with you continuously asking her but almost doesn’t know to go of her own accord.

Wednesday she had no accidents at all but still wouldn’t do a number two, getting quite upset when I asked her about it.  Both of us were getting better at reading the signs so I didn’t ask her quite as much, a couple of times she went over to the potty herself and a couple of times I could tell and so asked her and she went.

Thursday she went to her Auntie Paula’s for the day and she wore a pull up while they were out and about and it was dry when they got home.  She did a couple of wee’s in her potty, and then when she came home she did two poo’s which I was so pleased about as I think she is still a little nervous about doing them.  She didn’t have any accidents all day.

All in all I am so incredibly proud of her for being so good so far.  It is still so new for her and only to have four accidents in the first week is so good. It is getting better each day, and although we still are wearing pull up’s when we go out and at nap and bedtime, I am still really pleased with how we are getting on.

Let’s see how the next week goes.

This pretty much sums up my week in photos…






I’m so proud of my big girl.

EDITED- Today we went out shopping with my sister for the day and in the morning before we left Mads decided she didn’t want to wear pull up’s out.  I had a small panic but decided to go with it.  We were out nearly all day and she had no accidents at all- she did three wee’s and two number two’s while we were out and asked me every time she needed to go.

I’m even more proud of my big girl!



  • Caroline says:

    Well done both of you! I found that pull ups did not work for us, they just confused my little boy. We just went cold turky and we did have a few accidents out and about, but with spare clothes and making sure we went to child friendly places it was really not that bad. Don’t you feel like your baby is just that bit more grown up now! I think it’s a great idea to let her go at her own pace and do it when she’s ready, but having only one in nappies will make a big difference for you.

  • Charlotte says:

    Well done Mads! The pull ups over the nickers is a great idea! I k ow what people mean about them being like a nappy but I think I would be too scared to risk it when put and about at first too! Good luck with it! Our babies are growing up! :0( x

  • HELEN says:

    that’s brilliant, go Mads! You need to do whatever is right for you & what suits your child, I used pull-ups too a it took the stress out of the many no.2 accidents.
    Keep up the good work Mads.

  • James says:

    Well done, it sounds like she is really keen to learn to use the potty.

    You may be interested in my new novel for parents, Adventures in Potty Training, in which two mothers experience the highs and lows of potty training. There’s more details at http://www.bigredsock.com/potty-training

    Best of luck, it sounds like she’ll be in big girl pants all the time very soon!

  • I’m just about to potty train my son who is 3. He’s showing no interest at all in it and I’m quite nervous. Fingers crossed it goes as well

  • We have all this to come still, planning on trying over the summer . Sounds like Mads is doing really well and was definitely ready then! x

  • Karen says:

    Well done to your little one. You’ve given me the confidence to try potty training (I’ve been putting it off for my two year old). Hope it continues to go well.

  • It is sounding good! My wee man is showing no interest at the minute. Not sure I am looking forward to the days of travelling with a potty to the park!

  • Kara says:

    Wow wee Mads is a trooper. Sounds like an amazing week. She will be fully dry before you know it. I think sometimes they are just ready. Xxx

  • notmyyearoff says:

    Yay well done Mads!! Z is starting to show interest but not quite ready yet. When he is im going to go down the pull ups route!!

  • kat says:


  • That’s amazing! Well done Mads! I’m dreading it a bit but it really needs to be done, think I will wait till the Summer – if we ever get one! x

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