I’ve always been asked about how I managed and how Ariana dealt with potty training so fast. To date, Ariana has been nappy-free since she was 2 years 7 months old, that’s about 6 months now, alhamdulillah. Although, I want to add that she does still wear a nappy at night. This is because i’m soooooo lazy to clean the sheets on nights she accidently pees the bed :p. Also, i allow her to bring her tumbler into bed with her hence she drinks lots of water throughout the night.
Not long after Ariana had turned 2, mum suggested that it was time that I started potty training Ariana. Thing is, I wasn’t ready to face the challenge. Flashbacks of a certain image came into my mind! When I got pregnant the first time, I remember my sister sending me a picture with a text saying, “are you ready for this??!” or something like that. I was grossed out. It was a picture of poop in the middle of her living room floor. LOL! Now you understand why I wasn’t ready? haha!
By the time I was ready to start Ariana with the potty, a good friend of mine who had recently moved home at the time had given me a big load of stuff for Ariana. Toys, animated wall tiles, dolls and even a potty (see above)! I had already got a potty (see below) from mum’s friend for Ariana’s 2nd birthday so I figured, to make things easier, I could have one potty upstairs in her room and the other downstairs in the living room. No hassle having to bring one all around the house.
To initiate the training, I started off with changing from baby nappy to the pull up nappies, telling her that she’s a big girl now and that she can take off her nappy like a big girl when she needs to go to the toilet. HAHA! She did that alright! I would, once in a while, step in a puddle of pee in the house and boy it sucked! Thank God she only pooped on the floor once, and she was super proud of it too!! Bless her, seriously!
After the many times telling her to let us know that she needs to either poopoo or peepee, she finally got it. she would scream out that she needed to go and run straight to the potty. All the happened within a week. After that achievement, Ariana decided she wanted to be a real big girl and use the adult toilet because she has one of those kiddy seats on the toilet in my bathroom.
Of course there were some funny slip ups here and there, enjoying the sight of her poop coming (now she calls the mummy poopoo, daddy poopoo and baby poopoo). BEWARE a child (girls) watching her pee (on a big toilet) only makes the pee spray out and get all over the seat and floor. But all in all, I am proud.
It did take a while before I was confident enough to take Ariana out without her having a nappy on but she gave me the green light and let me know that she was ready.
It all happened when we were stuck in a traffic jam and she needed to pee,it was the first day we tried taking her out nappy-less. We were 5 minutes from home without traffic, in traffic, give or take 15 minutes. The nearest bathroom was less than 1km away but in traffic it seemed like 10 miles away! I asked if she could hold it in without knowing if she knew what I meant and she said, yes. We finally made the turn into the nearby restaurant and i ran to the toilet with her in my arms. ppppsssshhhhhhhhhh WE MADE IT! SHE DID IT! BIG HIGH-FIVE!! That pride a mother feels at a moment like that is just like the happiness and pride you feel when you watch your little baby take her first step or say his first word. Super proud OK!!
I still consider her fully trained because she does wake up most nights to go toilet and wakes up in the morning with a dry nappy. OKAY OKAY! She’s not fully completely trained but I (the lazy mum) will not want to risk it as I would be risking waking up Ameera (baby number 2) in the process of cleaning up in the middle of the night. NOT FUN OKAY! Plus, if it were her own bed, I really wouldn’t care but it’s my bed sooooooo, yeah!! haha!