We are happy to make another exciting announcement in the potty training department
We used the following fitted cloth diapers:
- Swaddlebees Cotton Velour Fitted Diaper - FAVOURITE! Luckily, I have 3 pcs LOL
- Kissaluvs Organic Cotton/Hemp Fitted Diaper
- Baby Beehinds Bamboo / Organic Cotton Fleece
- Happy Heiny’s Sherpa Huggers
Last month, we went back to disposables when we went back to Grandma’s as we were quite shorthanded. Nobody had the energy to bring her to the toilet regularly or even stomach the thought of mopping up her messes…
However, a short visit to my mother-in-law’s place yielded another success!
My in-laws happily watched over both the kids for two days while Hubby and I went out for lunch, shopping and meet-ups with friends. One night, we could even hang out at Starbucks till they chased us out at midnight
When we came back on one of those days, mother-in-law said that the toddler:
a) was only wearing a pair of shorts AND
b) also that she sat on the toilet and peed!
I was STUPEFIED because I had been trying to do that for the longest time without success.
The secret? My mother-in-law couldn’t figure out how to use a disposable diaper! Classic. We had a gay time laughing about it and my mother-in-law encouraged me to persevere in the toilet training.
I am truly grateful to my mother-in-law for putting up with the girl peeing puddles all around their home because she her home is squeaky clean and she’d spent years taking care of her invalid mother-in-law.
Now that we’re back in our home, she’s in regular underwear after her bath. She asks for her nappy but I told her that she only needs it for sleep time. Round eyes stared back at me but no protest. Phew!
After a few hours, I took her to the toilet and sat her on her duck-print toilet seat (hand-me-down from brother). I sat on a stool to keep her company. I whistled to encourage her to pee but she told me to shut up LOL
It’s pretty warm in our toilet that I started perspiring. I think she felt uncomfortable too because she asked to go to her potty.
I decided to keep her on the potty for as long as possible until she pees.
Now, this was tough because the nanny, the brother and I sat around the potty for nearly 3 hours!
First, I read her a book. I ended up reading FIVE books.
Then, her dear brother took over the task and read to her while I took a pee break, announcing, “Mummy’s going to pee in the toilet.”.
Of course, the toddler would whine and ask to get up from the potty, saying, “No pee! No pee!”
I was also giving her a lot of water and feeding her some apple – the nanny and I knew that she HAD to pee.
Finally, I relented and let her get up from the potty and into her underwear. A few minutes later, she made a face and I knew she was going to go that I quickly took off her underwear and ran for the potty.
She stopped as soon as was on the potty -_-
Poor nanny had to mop up the floor.
During dinner time, she peed again on the floor and I ran for a towel. After mopping up the mess, I took her to the toilet to wash up and put her in a new pair of shorts again.
She could point to the puddle and say, “Mummy, wet!”
I told her, “Yes, wet. Next time pee in the potty, ok?”
She said, “Don’t want pee potty.” Ha.
Her brother said, “No…you have to pee in the potty, silly, or you cannot go to school. Do you want your friends to laugh at you?”
Hahaha, I wonder if the toddler understood the meaning of peer pressure yet.
Toilet training the toddler has been a family project because every time they went to the toilet, Hubby and her brother would announce that they were all going to “pee” in the toilet!!!
In fact, her brother has been a big help as he would run to get her a new pair of shorts because he said, “Then Mummy won’t be so tired.” I am so blessed.
“Mummy, pee potty!”
Today, I was tied up with some work that I didn’t notice if she peed in her pants a lot because the nanny didn’t say anything. The kind lady would quietly mop up the mess and remind the girl to pee in the potty hahaha.
I was getting dinner ready when the toddler brought her underwear to me, saying, “Mummy, wet!” She’s been doing that a few times i.e. peeing bit by bit and going through many changes of underwear in a day.
As I was busy ladling out the food, I told her to go to her potty.
Just as I laid the food on the table, we heard a tinkling sound and big, round eyes staring back at us.
And a little voice said, “Mummy, pee potty!”
I was beaming from ear to ear, saying, “Very good! Clever girl! Pee in the potty.” LOL
She got up and looked inside her potty while I wiped her dry. The brother asked if we should keep the specimen to show Papa hahaha. I said no and went to rinse out the potty.
Then, the little girl got many, many smooches as I praised her to the skies. She was overjoyed herself and behaved well during dinner although she refused to get off my lap.
Her brother, the typical male, merely commented, “When she is 6 years old, she can practise going to the toilet at night like me.” Hahaha.
There goes another milestone in the toddler’s life. And I am happy that I have reduced our cloth diaper load from one bag for daytime and one bag for night time to Happy Heinys only for night time diapering