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No More Nappies (an update on developing toilet use habits)

I previously wrote a blog post about how I wasn’t going to potty train my 2 year old and I am now happy to say that our lovely little bundle of fun is not wearing nappies during the day any more. He is 3 and a half years old and due to start school in September shortly after he turns 4 so it does come as a welcome relief.

I have to admit that I was beginning to feel the social pressure to conform and I was getting a little anxious that we would be packing our boy off to school in nappies. We previously attempted to go without nappies shortly before our son’s third birthday and then again shortly after but he showed us quite clearly that he wasn’t ready. In fact, I think that although he was showing some signs of readiness the timing was all wrong: I was pregnant with our daughter, we were moving house and he was starting preschool, all big events in a 3 year olds life.

As the new year started I picked a weekend where we had nothing planned and I decided to give it another go. Every child is different and will do it in their own way but I decided to try a gradual approach in order to build our boy’s confidence with each success. This worked for us but I know people with kids who have been in pants and using the toilet from day one is well. It is important to work out what is likely to be successful for your little person.

Our Approach

Details of the approach we used can be found on my original post here

Z spent the first two days at home naked from the waist down, it would have been longer if it hadn’t been so successful. By the end of the 2nd day he had conquered using the potty for all toileting. I kept his potty nearby so there was no distance for him to travel when he felt the urge to go.

On the 3rd day we introduced trousers without pants and still kept the potty nearby. After 2 days Z had cracked this and the following day we packed him off to preschool with his potty (we are lucky to have a supportive nursery who were happy for him to bring it along with him). No accidents occurred although he did go to the potty 23 times in the morning alone!!

Gradually over the following month we introduced pants, moved the potty into the bathroom and finally started using the toilet at home and then when we were out. I still take a carry potty out and about with us when we head out for any length of time where a toilet may not be within the immediate vicinity but on the whole I think Z has mastered this developmental stage and waiting was the right thing for us to do.

And now for some fun……

Along with this newly developed skill seems to have come a fascination with all things wee and poo related. As it is World Book Day this week I thought I would include some of the books we have found which have provided us with significant mirth recently (and I have to read them over and over and over and over…….)

1. The Great Dog Bottom Swap by Peter Bently

Dog bottom swap

It is the day of the dogs summer ball and the pooches must hang their bottoms up before going in but then a ‘dogastrophe ‘ occurs and all the bottoms get hopelessly muddled up! A delightfully original tale that never ceases to amuse

2. Pip & Posy: The Little Puddle by Axel Scheffler


Pip goes to play at Posy’s house and has a little ‘accident’. A very sweet story which may help children realise it can happen to anyone

3. The Mole who Knew it was None of his Business

little mole

I think this is my favourite, poor mole wakes up one morning and a poo lands on his head. He tries to find out who did it so he can get his own back.

2 thoughts on “No More Nappies (an update on developing toilet use habits)”

  1. Excellent website. A lot of useful info here. I sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious. And of course, thanks for your sweat!


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