No more nappies for DS! Just wanted to share our method for toilet training and give hope to some other parents out there that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
We started toilet training when DS was about 2 and a half, he was showing interest when watching daddy go to the toilet. He tried to make it as normal as possible ans would start him in the shower. (Easier clean up till they learn the controls) We got him one of those seats that go on top of the toilet with the steps on it and a pack of pullups. If we saw signs that he needed to, we would ask if he needed to wee. If he did we would take him to the toilet and we would assist. Once he became confident, he would do this by himself but we had to keep reminding him. He would still do poos in his pullups though. This was casual and took maybe 4 months. I would say this was the introduction phase. Maybe one wee every other day.
Next step to ramp it up, I took him on a shopping trip to let him pick out some undies. At home he is dressed in trackie pants so he can undress himself easily. Keep reminding him to go to the toilet. So he is in undies all day and wears a nappy at night. After a couple of number 2 accidents we found he would hold in poos until he got his bedtime nappy. This stage all wees during the day done in the toilet.
So one long weekend we got rid of all the nappies in the house. Popped a sticker chart on the back of the toilet door that rewarded him for reaching milestones. He was hesistant with the first poo, but distracted him with songs and books and laughter. It took a couple of days for him to get the hang of it but we were patient and made sure he was comfortable. He would also ask for a nappy or to go home which signalled that he needed to do number twos - but kept strong and refused. You will figure out when they most likely will need to go, DS usually has a consistent pattern.
When it comes to night time, we found that if he slowed down his liquid intake leading up to bedtime, maybe stopped 2 hrs before, then he wouldn't wet the bed. Made sure he went to toilet before sleep. I layer a mattress protecter, puppy training pad (i just get them from coles) then a fitted sheet, then another pad and fitted sheet. So if he wets the bed, just remove the first layer and you can get back to bed quicker! You just have to remember not to make a fuss when they have an accident. Continue to be encouraging and celebrate their achievements.
Before we leave the house I always make sure he goes to the toilet and watch how much he drinks when we are out. I still pack a spare change of pants and undies but have yet to need them.
Now the little superstar can do it all on his own!
All it takes is a little bit of patience, a little bit of persistance and a whole lot of towels!
Sorry for the long winded explanation but I hope this helps someone