Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Potty Training - The Slattern's Way!!

One of my real life friends is Choc0range .  In fact, we spent New Years Eve dancing on tables and quaffing champagne until 5am at Kensington Roof Gardens.  It was a great night with lots of laughs and very sore heads the next day!  Her gorgeous little boy and my gorgeous little girl are very close in age and we have both embarked on potty training at the same time.

You can read about her attempt here Day One - Chocorange which is Gina Ford based.  Firstly, let me tell you that I am a massive fan of Gina Ford - her routines have been golden for all 3 of my children and Pixie still sleeps 2 hours in the day which is magic for me. 

When I was potty training Beansy 6 years ago, I followed Gina to the tee (a la Chocorange) and he was on and off that potty every 15 minutes, with star charts and treats.  I was housebound for the week  (cancelled all trips out) but by heck he got it and after 5 days he was totally dry through the day and night......

Bobo was next up and 3 years ago it was his turn - I followed Gina Lite for him, quite simply because I had a 4 year old that was at nursery and I was also pregnant with Pixie so couldn't be chained to the house.  Guess what? It worked and he was also dry day and night after 5 days.

Now for my little Pixie, I just can't be bothered with the potty on every floor of the house (3) one in the bedroom, one in the loo, one for the car, one for buggy, one for the garden, I can't be bothered to make a star chart, sit her on the potty every 15 minutes, ask her every 10.....so guess what?! I haven't.............

She has been a superstar (go Pixie!) I quite simply told her yesterday that she is a big girl now and that big girls wear knickers.  She totally accepted that and has only had 1 accident in 2 days and this is her 2nd night without a nappy. 

We went out to a friends house this morning no spare knickers, no spare clothes, no potty and she got on the loo and did her business.  So, there is an alternative - save yourself the bother of star charts, numerous pottys and being housebound!!

I am meeting up with chocorange tomorrow for a play date so no doubt Pixie will show me up by curling one out on the lawn!!!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx


  1. Thats fab! what a little superstar.

    Want to come and train mine??

  2. fabulous! I bought a potty for Olly today. but he's only just 2 & has No Idea!

  3. How do you do night times? M so not ready, he sleeps with a water bottle and drinks so much at night. That prospect is too scary as yet!

  4. Well done Pixie- gosh I have all this to come! Scary! ;)

  5. Glad to hear it worked for you. I used Gina Ford contented baby book. Worked a treat though I was not as focused on the timings as the book suggests I do like the routines. Was not sure potty training could be done in a week but this gives me hope !

  6. I tried the slattern's way too. Unfortuanetely, my (then 3.25 yrs) son was not at quick as Pixie and it seemed to take about 6 months. Still done now, just night time nappies to deal with and that can wait.

  7. I'm hoping a combination of bribery and competition will do the trick...

  8. Bribery goes a LONG way in this house ;-)

  9. Well done you and Pixie (cute name by the way), I just decided at 18 month it was time for my little girl, skipped the potty and put her in knickers and straight on a little toilet seat. She was running to the toilet shouting wee wee by the end of day 1!!

  10. Hi, thanks for visiting me!! well done Pixie! You seem like you've got this potty thing sussed ;). think I'm going to have to get a potty for every floor... to many accidents trying to get to the loo!



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