I was reading the free publication Your Child (in Monash), and came upon this article called 'Potty Training Toddlers Made Easy' by Valerie Garner. I thought some BHubbers may be able to try this idea and report as to whether it works for their children, especially as there's been a lot of threads lately about TTraining difficulties. I love this idea and it makes sense ~ the author says she came up with it as her husband used to be in the army, and the old 'dip someone's hand in warm water while they sleep and watch them pee the bed' is at the base of it. Prac Jokes as TTraining basis ~ how cool!
This is my truncated and paraphrased version of the article.
Instinctive Toilet Training for Toddlers
Make sure your child is 'potty ready,' showing interest in pottying, otherwise let them mature a bit more before you try this neat idea.
Make this fun, turn it into a game and give the child ownership of the process and their body.
Get a bucket and keep it near the potty, along with some special water-play toys or things from around the house you don't normally allow for play. Some small jugs or cups, little balls, etc, 3 or 4 items, and make them SPECIAL and EXCLUSIVELY used for potty play. If the child has free access to these toys, this technique won't work, or work as well. This is the only rule to the game ~ these toys are only used when child is SITTING on the potty.
Fill the bucket or large bowl with warm water and offer this to the child for when they are sitting on the potty "Mummy (or Daddy) will give you the water and SPECIAL toys when you sit on the potty," etc. Try to get the child to seat themselves on potty. Place the water in front of them if potty is on the floor, or on a tray-table or step if potty is on regular toilet (if so, you may have to help child onto the potty seat).
When the child dips their hands in the water to play with the toys, they nearly always go potty instantly their hands touch the water, if they physically 'need' to go. If this happens, cheer them on with lots of praise and allow them to play with the toys for as long as they like, as long as they remain on the potty. Offer treats and rewards as you see fit, but the special potty play and Mum and Dad's praise is often enough.
When they are finished, put the special toys and bucket away for next time.
Your child feels good because they often have instant success, gone are the power struggles, it makes co-operating really fun, and Mum or Dad doesn't have to wait around for things to happen, only to have them happen when the nappy goes back on!
Potty training for 'number two's' is not quite so easy, it comes with time and patience, and allowing them to learn in their own space and own way 'relax ~ it will happen'. Good luck and I hope this works for you.
My partner suggests that it may be instinctive as dipping hands in warm water might remind the body of being surrounded by amniotic fluid, where we just let go when need be. I do notice most of the time my little boy has a whizz when first lowered into the bath, so I hope he still has the water-whizz-reflex when it's time to train him.
Please post back here if you've tried this and let us know if this works!