Potty training stories by Mum & You

Summer is a great time to potty train, sun’s out little bum’s out 🍑

It can be easier to have naked time in summer and being in the garden may mean less mess to clean up. We wanted to show you all the different potty-training stories that we have here at Mum & You to show you the good, the bad and the yucky of potty training.

Here are our top 5 tips to help you along the journey:

🚽Have a potty upstairs and one downstairs

🚽Take puppy pads with you everywhere – if you are visiting family place them on the sofa, if you go out in the car place them in the car seat, you get the idea

🚽Lots of naked time, this removes the security of having a nappy on

🚽Have fun and relax – It might help to chat to your little one about everything in the bathroom or read them stories

🚽Pull back a little bit – when you have shown your little one what to do on the potty, leave it for a little while and see if they tell you they need to go.

Rhiannon’s potty training story – Customer service representative and mummy to 2 children

I started potty training my little girl at 2 and a half. I decided the time was right when she just hated being wet so I was doing nappy changes constantly. I never used pull ups or training pants I went straight from nappies to knickers. We only ever had 2 accidents since I removed her nappies, and they were both my fault not hers (bad mummy) She only struggled with doing a number 2 on the toilet because she was scared, and it took a week of constipation and a few tears but after a week or so was fine.  I’ll be honest chocolate buttons really do help lol!

My little boy was harder but easier at the same time as we were in lock down and we didn’t need to get dressed and go out for long periods so I thought perfect timing I am never going to get this again.

It was the week of his 2nd birthday I decided to do it as he was always taking his nappy off and clothes actually …typical boy right running around naked lol.

He didn’t take to the potty as well as my little girl, he preferred to make a puddle on the floor and then go on to pretend he was George pig and ‘jump in muddle puddles’ sometimes he would even go get his wellies for effect if I had not noticed (usually behind something). I did doubt myself if I had made him start too early, but I stuck with it and he surprised me how quickly he then took to it and only used pull ups at bedtime until he was completely dry for a week.

If I had any advice it would be to try and remain patient even on the days you literally want to pull your hair out and are ready to give up its always just after that point things click and they will do it.

Emma’s potty training story – Senior Innovation Manager and mummy to Martha

Having worked in the baby industry for a long time, when it came to potty training Martha I felt confident I knew the theory and it would be straightforward – I couldn’t have been more wrong!

The reality was very different! I started when Martha was 15 months old – mainly because I was really struggling to change her nappy, but after many accidents and a lot of stress we gave up feeling she wasn’t ready.

When we started again it was totally driven by her – I noticed there was nothing in her nappy first thing in the morning after a few nights in a row and just asked her ‘Would you like to not wear a nappy at night like a big girl?’ – she answered yes and that was that – she was dry at night all by herself. Day time dryness took a little longer and nursery were invaluable in helping out. But coming home with those bags filled with wee soaked clothes day after day was certainly not fun.

The real low points were having to stop the car in some very dodgy area of London or on a dark winters evening to climb into the back seat and get out the porta potty.

Not to mention the time her uncle put her on my car drivers seat so she could ‘drive the car’. Of course she wet herself leaving me to drive home sitting in a pool of wee – thanks for that Uncle Dave!

What I learned was to go with the flow – let Martha lead and if it became a source of tension to just back off. Although I got sick of the sound of my own voice, asking her if she needed a wee all the time – it reminded her to go and helped avoid accidents. But most of all -everyone’s journey is different and it’s really important to not compare your child to others or put pressure on yourself to ‘achieve’ by a certain age – they will all get there in the end.

Martha about to wee on my car seat!

Faye’s potty training story – Supply Chain Manager and mummy to Tilly

I decided to potty train Tilly at 2, during the lockdown in January. I thought it would be easier as we didn’t need to go out anywhere. I decided on the cold turkey route, straight from nappies to knickers. I very naively only bought 10 pairs 😂.

On day 2 when we had successfully gone through all available clothes (hers and some of mine) and unsuccessfully achieved anything on the potty. Mainly because this is where flamingo was usually taking a nap (see above), I thought she wasn’t ready and I was ready to give up. However, on day 3 with the washing machine on constantly, another 10 pairs of knickers and stickers being delivered I decided to carry on. This is where we started to see some improvement By day 5 she was requesting to go on the toilet rather than the potty. So toddler toilet seats were purchased and flamingo’s bed was put away and we haven’t looked back since. She occasionally has an accident but fortunately for me mostly at nursery.

It’s tough and its stressful and when you have no idea how long you are going to have to try and catch toddler wee (and the rest) it can seem like a lifetime but in the end they all ‘get it’.

Sylvia’s potty training story – Creative lead and mummy to 2 children

Both my children were potty trained at around 2 years and a half.

My daughter was super easy. I was 5 months pregnant with my second child and thought it might be a good idea to do it ahead of the birth so she had enough time to feel confident and maybe avoid a regression. Her nursery teacher (who was also her nanny) and had loads of experience on the subject said she felt she was ready. We explained to my daughter what potty training was and asked her if she would like to try – and she said yes. One afternoon we went together to buy some knickers. She was very excited and chose a Frozen set with Elsa & Anna & Olaf kickers that made her feel very grown up and special. The next day we took the nappy off during the day and had one accident. She didn’t like it at all. The following day she had another accident and that was it. We started with the potty but soon after we went with a toilet adapter. At nights, for a month we used pulll ups and after that they were gone.

My son was a bit more challenging. We started when he showed interest and started sitting on the actual toilet before going in the tub (he never used the potty nor an adapter – he wasn’t interested). And his teacher also recommended to get started as well, even though it was March. We did the same thing as my daughter, we went to buy underwear with him – he chose and Avengers set – and we started on a weekend. By Monday we’d had 3 or 4 accidents at home. And at nursery he had at least one or two every two days for a couple of weeks. They said to keep at it, we could not go back. So eventually, after a couple of months there were no accidents during the day. At night he slept with pull ups, and when he woke up in the morning he would go and do a wee by himself. When the nappy was dry for a couple of weeks, we decided to take it out. We’ve been 1 week completely potty trained and with no accidents now.

Two children, two genders, two very different experiences 😉 C’est la vie!

Julie’s potty training story – Senior Customer Service Representative and mum to twins

With the twins I left it late on purpose (closer to 3.5 years).  We had started ahead of their 3rd birthday in the summer and then Peppa Pig World was looming coupled with camping at PPW so I chickened out and kept them in nappies!  Epic mummy fail or genius as my friends said!

We then dabbled through the start of nursery in the September with a mix of knickers and pull-ups only to be handed back wet knickers on a regular basis from the teaching assistants – lovely.  So, it turned out the one size fits all approach did not work for twins, they are different in the toilet department!  Ava happily forged ahead suddenly as she only wants to be a sparkly clean ballet dancer/princess and the bulky pull-ups were not a good look under the tutu!  Isabella was mortified if a number 2 tried to escape so waited at least 4 days and we took to bribery, prescribed kiddie laxatives, stickers, and sweets.

Thankfully all a distant memory now and they would probably not even remember 🙂

Happy toilet training everyone!

Rachel’s potty training story – Lead Digital Marketing Manager and mummy to 3 children 

I decided to potty train my twins when they were 2 years and 2 months. We were trying for another baby and I wanted my girls out of nappies so I wasn’t dealing with 3 nappy changes! Plus it was summer and easier to be naked and outside. But I was dreading it before hand, twins, two at once!

I love to research when it comes to anything parenting related! And found the method from the book ‘Oh Crap Potty Training’ very useful for understanding when children are physically and mentally ready and how to teach them. After all, its a new skill for them to learn after spending so long just ‘going’ in their nappy without thinking about it!

So I committed to staying in for a week, didn’t tell friends and family so there wasn’t that pressure, and kept the girls naked from the waist down for a few days. I had pottys dotted about on puppy pads , wipes nearby, gave them extra drink for lots of practice and I watched them like a hawk for clues of when they needed a wee (could be a certain look, a little dance, grabbing their crotch, suddenly stopping what they were doing) and then I would rush them to potty to help signal you need a wee and this is where to go. Day 1 we had some accidents but the potty gods looked down on me and both girls got it very quickly (well-deserved I thought after having twins!). As per the book’s method we didn’t put ours in knickers for a few weeks until they had completely got it (theory being knickers can feel like a nappy and that an accident can actually help them realise its not nice to go in your trousers!) They were also dry at night from the start which I was pleasantly surprised about as it’s very normal for this to take much longer.

We had a short set back with one twin with poos who was a little scared for a couple of weeks. But once I relaxed, she just suddenly got it!

I’m thinking of now doing my just turned two-year-old boy but have to admit I’m worried about all the wee everywhere, he does like a little play! I just hope he copies his sisters and takes to it quickly as he copies them at everything else!

Ashlie’s potty training story – Digital Marketing Executive 

My little girl just decided one day that she didn’t want to wear nappies anymore, so I took this opportunity and put her in knickers that day. For a week we had many accidents so I decided it mustn’t be the right time and it was coming up to Christmas so I put a nappy back on. They do advise that you don’t do this, as you shouldn’t go back as it confuses the little ones but my little girl really wasn’t ready.

Spring time came and she said the same thing so I had a potty downstairs, one upstairs and one in the garden just so she had lots of options. And it worked. She didn’t have any accident’s that week at all. She is now 3.5 and she still has the odd accident but they are few and far between. This also happened at night she just decided she didn’t want to wear a nappy and was dry pretty quickly. I think I had it fairly easy. I do feel like they do know when they are ready to potty-train, but give it a go and see where you get too.


Welcome to the world of disgusting things you do as a parent when you take pics of potty successes or you facetime your partner with the success of the contents in the potty.

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