Mind your own ‘business’

Potty lion in dino pants

It’s that time isn’t it? Your child is rapidly approaching the age of three. Pre-school looms on the horizon like the gallows but instead of nooses hanging down there are brightly coloured potties and pants with monster trucks and dinosaurs dangling tauntingly as the bells chime… Other children at toddler groups, younger than yours have suddenly got much smaller bums. Time is running out.

I may have been lulled into a false sense of security by my eldest picking up half decent toilet habits within a couple of weeks of turning three. I never had to deal with a ‘code brown’ on the sofa, or a slow painful transition into and then out of ‘pull ups’ (essentially the equivalent of taking a broken leg out of a stiff cast and winding it up in ten layers of bubble wrap – I’m an all or nothing kind of girl).

But this time, I fear the rules of the game may have changed. My youngest has flirted outrageously with the idea of donning a pair of dino-pants. He picked them out specially. Unfortunately his preferred method of wear so far is either over his nappy or on his head. This does somewhat remind me of the days when his big brother forever wore the potty as a rather natty hat – causing just a little (admittedly unnecessary) anguish over the possibility that we might one day find a rather unsavoury offering inside his dad’s cycling helmet. But I digress.

I have been reliably informed that ‘this is the time to do it!’ – the sun is shining, nudity has suddenly become socially acceptable (I am reminded of that old Marilyn Monroe quote ‘What do I wear in bed? Why Chanel No 5 of course’ only in this case (and possibly muffled and somewhat dummi-fied) it would be ‘what do I wear in the garden? Why Nivea Factor 50 of course’).

Only yesterday at bath time he gleefully accepted the offer to sit on the toddler toilet seat at bathtime and actually did a wee. And it didn’t even miss (‘make sure your willy’s down’ has obviously become the no.1 piece of advice around here in recent times). The clapping and cheering that followed could not have been surpassed if he’d just popped his dummy out and given a word-perfect rendition of Shakespeare’s Sceptred Isle soliloquy, complete with a recommendation for further reading.

So maybe the time *is* right. Or maybe I just have to face up to the fact that it’s going to be a long summer of ‘dino-pant’ Russian Roulette…

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12 thoughts on “Mind your own ‘business’

  1. Oh Sam you do make me chuckle! Jokes aside though, well done to JJ for that wee last night. I’m only so smug because I get away with not having to potty train anyone for a whole year… I am already dreading it though, because F’s current trick is a huge log in the bath at least a couple of times a week… oh dear.

    Good luck lovely xxx
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    • Oh dear! EJ was exactly the same – poos in the bath! (Only happened two or three times though) JJ never did that though and he was pretty easy to train – no real poo accidents… EJ absolutely traumatised me yesterday by doing a very messy one in a pair of brand new white pants!! I cried! Still we’re saving a fortune in nappies on the bright side! 🙂

    • I think it is helping to do it in the summer time Elfa – there have been afternoons where he has just run around the garden naked and merrily sprinkled various areas 🙂 He did traumatise me yesterday with a poo in his *new* *white* pants which he didn’t tell me about at all and I just knew because I caught the familiar whiff – it was carnage! I really thought we’d taken a huge step back but then this morning after breakfast when he was playing trains with his brother I asked him if he wanted to sit on the potty and do a poo and he did! I couldn’t believe it. Maybe it really is just a case of asking often? Oh my word he just sat down and did another poo on the potty while I was writing this comment (4.30pm) and I didn’t even ask this time! I’d say definitely give it another go he might surprise you. Xx

  2. Ooh we are at a similar time with Monkey hon! He’s doing quite well and now does both on the loo before bath but wants to use a nappy most of the rest of the time. When we are back from our little holiday though we (or at least he) shall be having some naked days in the gardens and saying bye bye to nappies for good! Fingers crossed anyway and good luck to you and EJ! Xx
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    • I think things are definitely coming on now after a couple of setbacks. He has been such a good boy today and not had any accidents but I’m not going to jinx myself by getting complacent! EJ has definitely had quite a bit of naked time in the garden and I do think that has helped. I am so happy to be saying goodbye to nappies – we’ll save a fortune! Yes, fingers crossed for you with Monkey too! Xx

    • It’s actually EJ potty training Vicki – JJ was out of nappies 3 years ago! Glad your youngest is progressing on the journey too – they do get a bit faddy about how they like it to happen though don’t they? 🙂 Seeing the back of nappies for good will be such a fist-pump moment! Thanks for hosting X

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