Potty Training A 2 Year Old?


Charlie is 2 and a half and for the last year has been weeing and pooping on the potty when his nappy is off. As all the signs were there I thought this summer I would give potty training a bash. I bought big boy pants, a potty and a mini urinal, we were all set – it lasted 2 days before I gave up. I probably should have stuck with it but by the end of the 2 days Charlie was asking for his nappy back on, and I was more than happy to oblige. I came away feeling flustered and stressed I just could not be bothered with it. I never realised how much boys pee, they pee here there and everywhere. To be fair on him he was pretty good at going on the potty for a wee, but I think he became annoyed with me asking him every few minutes “do you need a wee wee?”.

Anyway, I gave up and that was that. I’ve asked friends with boys for advice and read numerous articles on Mumsnet, Babycentre, blogs and even youtube, I also had a chat with the Health Visitor (not much help). What I got from the advice given was to try a different approach, meaning use the Pull Ups approach instead of ditching the nappy altogether and putting the child straight into proper pants. When I potty trained Amelie she was a month off her second birthday, it took 3 days with only a couple of accidents and no Pull Ups. I thought this would be the same with Charlie but it seems that potty training boys is very different and I find it stressful.

I’m sure this isn’t the case for every boy to be potty trained using Pull Ups. I have to say I’m a little nervous about this as I really don’t want to confuse him. For the last week Charlie has been waking super early (5am or earlier) with a nappy that has leaked everywhere. So, today I bought some DryNites as they had been recommended to me by my Sister. So Charlie is used to wearing the pull up type pants anyway, and he thinks they are big boy nappies.

I’m still not sure how or when to start potty training, ideally I would like him dry during the day by the time he starts preschool in April. He will only be attending preschool for 2 mornings a week as he will not receive funding until September. But at the same time I am not in a rush to speed things along and force him to do something he really does not want to do. I need a plan and to be organised but to see it through in a non pushy way – can you tell how confused and scatty I am?

I guess I’m looking for reassurance, book recommendations, useful tips or advice any other mums have. So if you have any suggestions, please leave your comments below and hopefully I’ll crack this without losing the will to live!


One Comment

  • Karen

    Don’t rush it boys are notoriously lazy at this and preschool can help you if he isn’t dry by then. Stressed mummy= stressed child xxx

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