helen neale kiddycharts printable reward charts pic monkey potty training poem 300x275 When to start potty training: Give them time

When to start potty training: Give them a bit of time and when they are ready it’ll be easier…honest!

The other day I was lying in bed, thinking about stuff, and what on earth I should do for a blog post after the holiday period…and then inspiration struck…a poem, that’s a new and interesting way to start the year…but a poem on what?

Well, as its me, and I like to be different, I have written one on potty training because well our potty training charts are legendary after all!

Never let it be said I don’t push the envelope…even if its an envelope that smells slightly of wee, and that other thing mentioned below every now and then…

 

Give them time, by Helen Neale; mum of two and usually not known for having patience with kids….

When my mum was young it was common too
Pop kids on the potty after meals to poo
It often meant that children could use
The toilet early for doing number twos.

But was this trained or more like timed?
As they were being lifted and so were primed
To use the loo by mum and dad,
Rather than knowing the feeling that they had?

You see, by the time my kids had learnt to wee,
They were both pretty much turned three,
They loved their wonderful grown up knickers,
The praise, the reward charts, and even the stickers.

I know it’s hard, but it’s worth the wait,
Try not to be pressured by that well-meaning mate,
It’s really tough, don’t we all hate the nappy
But soggy clothes and soiled sofas won’t make us happy

So leave it until its their choice to do it
Otherwise I guarantee you’ll roo it
Give them time, its not really a race,
It’s so much better done at their own pace.

Patience, as we know, is a distinct virtue,
And it’s a dam sight better than being covered in poo!

What do you think? Is there a potty laureate in me bursting to get out? Probably not… but do let me know below! And more importantly, what advice do you have about when to start potty training; early or leave it until they decide?

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I'm a mum, a part-time analyst at NelsonHall, and the owner of KiddyCharts, not necessarily in that order, and typically all at once... I have two fantabulus children, Stuntboy and Little Miss Chatterbox, who are the inspiration for my business. They continue to be the driving force of much of what we do in our lives, often when we aren't actually expecting them to be. My long-suffering husband, Brad (ahem), puts up with my rather untidy nature, and haphazard house-keeping (even more ahem) skills. This blog covers my diet coke-induced musings on being a working mum, covering stuff like parenting, reward charts, social media, mummy guilt, which I have a lot of it seems, and anything else that seems relevant or interesting after a shed load of caffeine. I am not trying to be an expert on anything on here, its all about sharing some experiences with a few other people. Hopefully you will find them helpful, interesting, and occasionally they'll bring a knowing smile to your face. So stay for a while, and get to know me, my family and KiddyCharts. Hope you like us all.

17 Responses to “When to start potty training: Give them time”

  1. Debs
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    Thank you for this poem. My little boy is 2 next month and started becoming aware of a number 2 in his nappy and may tell you “poo” He may also mean Winnie The :) I will be taking my time with my little boy and order one of your charts when he’s ready to start :)

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    • Avatar of Helen Helen

      Thanks, Aly – patience is sooooo important in all things parent, eh!!?

  2. Jake and Jill

    I was looking for some wisdom on potty training, and there I have it! Not quite sure how sane you are, as poos and wees don’t generally inspire poetry in me! But the general sentiments I do share with you!

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    • Avatar of Helen Helen

      Sane me – never – gibber gibber ;-) I love writing poetry actually, and am wondering whether I should do more for the blog, its findin the time that’s the problem. As for whether waiting works, it did with mine, and with other friend’s too! :-) Good luck.
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  3. Emma

    i LOVE the poem. My little boy was potty trained at 2 and 3 months,,,he was pretty easy all in all, although he did save his poo’s up for naptime when he had a nappy on for a long time. Little girl number 1 was a different story we potty trained her a bit later and even at 4 she is quite unreliable..i often hear a panicked should of ‘MUMMY’ when she leaves it too late. Little girl number 2, I am sure is ready. She make us change her nappy as soon as she does anything in it, but so far has refused to used the potty or toilet. I think I just need to go for it…wish me luck. x
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  4. Anne

    Love the poem :-) I’ve had five kids and they’ve all potty trained at their own pace and at different times. It’s a process I really hate, I’d rather have it all in a nappy than all over the house. I’m absolutely dreading round five which will probably begin sometime this year as my lad is almost 2 1/2 now.
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    • Avatar of Helen Helen

      Thanks v much. Wow, I thought you might become an old hand at it after having done four, but I guess its still having to deal with wee and poo, so is never pleasant however many times you do it, an perhaps indeed it just gets worse and more wearing! Good luck with the little lad, he’ll do it in his own time I am sure :-)

  5. Coombemill

    very clever Helen! I couldn’t put mine into a poem but I do have a tried and tested method that worked for my six on the blog. I agree with you that they are ready at their own pace and it is not a race, but then it is important not to go beyond that and not respond to them being ready too, I saw friends do that and it dragged out the whole process so much longer than necessary.
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  6. Susanne

    I’ve had two very different experiences. With my first, a girl, my mum advised me to get her on the toilet as soon as she could sit up and since she hated having a dirty nappy it worked really well. She was dry day and night by 18 months and has never wet the bed. My son was 2.5 before he would even entertain the potty. He did it all on his terms and was dry during the day within 2 weeks. He is 3 now and still in pull ups at night. So I say it depends on the child absolutely. Let them decide when the time is right!
    x
    ps GREAT poem!
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    • Avatar of Helen Helen

      Hear hear – most kids aren’t ready before 18 months so very much hats off to your little one who knew her own mind before many do; and hats off more to you for going with it :-) Both mine were in pull ups at night a lot later than in the daytime, that’s a physical development thang I believe.
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