A Potty Training Dilemma


The eldest of my girls will soon be two and so the question of when to officially start potty training keeps popping into my mind.  Up until now we have had successful use of the potty, but by no means are we fully trained.

I first gave her the option of using the potty at around eighteen months, one day she told me when she needed the toilet so I grabbed it and hoped for the best.  This went on for a few weeks until one day she decided to stop telling me when she needed to go.   Instead choosing to disappear into the corner, to reappear trailing a pong.  Now she is back to telling me when she needs to go, so maybe now is the time to tackle this head on.

Having never potty trained a human being before I’m not entirely sure of the ‘rules’.  Do I let her run around in her birthday suit until she’s ready and hope for a good aim?  Do I need to sit her on the throne until the deed is done?

The google parent in me tells me to research this.   I know though that I’ll end up comparing where Baby J is at, to where I’m told she should be at this age.  Also, I don’t want to push her into using the potty if she’s not ready, just because google tells me she should be.  Finally, I don’t want to alienate her against said potty if she isn’t ready and make the process even more difficult.

There’s also her little sister to consider, who is now one.  Do I start training her at the same time? She’s a little young yes, but she may pick things up from her sister nonetheless.  This may be a little optimistic, when we decided to have two children so close together we hadn’t considered a double potty training mission!

So calling all experienced mums and dads out there, how did you know when your little one was ready?  What little life hacks can you pass on, to make the process a little easier for us both?

For now we’ll just carry on as we are and hope that she’s learning something along the way.   Maybe it will become obvious, when she’s really ready to give potty training her all!


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  • Karen Dennis, the next best thing to mummy May 25, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I encountered a similar problem with my middle son hiding away to poo rather than using the potty I have also written a blog post about my experience #coolmumclub@_karendennis

    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 25, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Oh great, I’ll take a look! x

  • motherhoodtherealdeal May 25, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    My daughter seemed ready at 18 months also but then wasn’t. We then did it at two years when she was obvs ready I basically let her go comando for a week with the potty in the living room and we were basically done after that (also took a travel potty around too after a few days). It can be a bit argh! at times this might help shine a bit of a light of the WTFness of it all….not your typical guide! http://motherhoodtherealdeal.com/parenthood/omg-9-wtf-moments-in-the-first-24-hours-of-potty-training/ Good luck hon and thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xoxo

    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 25, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      I’ll definitely have a read, thankyou! X

  • Angela Watling May 25, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    My daughter is in the process of potty training. She is 26 months old and started showing an interest for the potty not long after her second birthday. She’s basically ready to come out of her pull-ups now because she’s getting lazy. But they tried her in pants twice yesterday at nursery and she had two accidents – the garden was too distracting. Today I sent more pants and clothes as they said they will preserve with her because she responds well around other kids. Once she can get through nursery days accident free then she’ll go into pants at home and we’ll see how that goes. Until then I daren’t risk the sofa / rug with a toddler who will deliberately wee out of malice!! Good luck! #CoolMumClub

    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 26, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Oh bless her, good luck with it! I won’t be risking the sofa just yet either! xx

  • mummuddlingthrough May 25, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I’ve been there once and am facing it second time around…for the record last time we did it too soon (2y3mo) so this time I’m being totally lax with it and waiting until the mouse is beyond ready! Check out my post ‘Potty training; doing it differently second time around’ for more info hun xx
    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub

    • The Tale of Mummyhood May 26, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      I’ll head over and check it out, thankyou! x

  • Clara July 6, 2017 at 6:05 am

    I think you have to follow their lead you’ll know when they’re ready! As a rule of thumb if it is feeling too much like hard work then they are probably not ready. Don’t be worried about going back to nappies for a couple of weeks (or months!) before starting again.

    • The Tale of Mummyhood July 7, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Great advice! x


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