Monday, 2 May 2016

Tales of a Nigerian Mum | Potty trained!

So this is really happening!

It took me a while to type my first post in this series because i didn't know what story to start it off with....so finally this evening, i thought, what better way to start than with the celebration of a milestone?

So it happens that my Zuriel is now potty-trained! It all happened before she turned 2 years old...two weeks ago. The amazing thing is that i didn't really have to do a lot of work in the quest to get her potty-trained. I just know that diapers *she wears pull-ups* suddenly became very expensive and i knew i had to start the potty-training process.


Prior to that, she had already been introduced to the potty at school..... parents had to buy potties and take them to school for their toddlers to learn with at school. I took the one Dindu and Mish used when they were in their pre-nursery classes......infact, that potty has never actually been brought home from that school *loooool!*.

So they usually had 'Potty times' at school, but Zuriel never pooed or pee-ed in hers. However, she knew that wee-wee and poo-poo had to be done in the potty. I would ask her:

"When you want to poo or wee, where would you go?"

And she would reply:

"The potty!".

Yet getting her to sit long enough on the potty to pass something was a big problem she just wouldn´t co-operate.

So one day, i decided to try something new. I said to her " Nana, if you poo or pee in your potty, i would give you a star" .

She looked at me as if to say "Are you for reaaal? A staaaaar?!"

Now, she loves it when she's rewarded with a star sticker on her forehead or drawn on the back of her hand. So off we went to the potty. She sat and then after a few seconds, she started getting antsy and wanted to stand up. i urged her harder and distracted her by singing a little song to her, and she pee-ed!

I drew a star on the back of her hand, and she was sooo proud of herself. She went straight to her dad with a huge smile on her face to show off her reward. Some hours later....the same day, she came and said to me;

"Mummy, i want to poopoo". I put her on her potty and she made a big one! Another star!

From then henceforth, Zuriel started to go to her potty by herself, and then she would bring the black marker *which i use to draw the star* to me and say;

"See mummy, i pooed, gimme a star", or "I pee-peed in my potty mummy". And each time i checked her potty, there was always something in it *Yaaaaaaas!!*.

 It was sooo easy....she basically potty-trained herself! All i had to do was draw a little star. Now, she only wears panties at home and to school, but when we go on an outing, she always wears a diaper. The funny thing about that is that even while wearing a diaper out of the house, she always says to me ;

"Mummy, i want to weewee", and when i say to her "Wee in your diaper", she gives me a funny look, and it´s almost as if she´s saying "Ewwww! That´s nasty! Quit playing" *loooooooool!*.

So if  you have a toddler and you are struggling with potty-training, have you tried a reward system? Just find out what your child likes and reward him or her with it whenever they use the potty, and make sure they understand the reason why you are rewarding them.. It just might work and you will stop spending so much on Pampers....

It haff cost biko!

Besos and Good night.


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22 comments:

  1. Awwwww! That's fantastic... Zuri is a star!!! Some children are so smart and fast they potty train themselves, so while you are there making a fuss they Have achieved the milestone! The positive re-eNforcement is an excellent idea!!

    Welldone mummy

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    1. Thank you!

      I was anxious about the potty-training process because I didn't know if she will get it easily. Infact I was anxious about the older two, yet they got it.

      I'm so glad we've passed that milestone!

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  2. I laughed all through this. Kids... Gotta love 'em!

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  3. lolz@mummy i pooed, gimme a star!

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  4. Wow, thank goodness for this post, I need it. My 2 year old just sits there oooooh, then as soon as I feel that probably he's not pressed and I ask him to stand, he will go and wee on the floor, its been a struggle. I will try your method, I pray it works, at least I can spend the money I save from the buying diapers to buy some nice makeup :D

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    1. Yes ooo! Try it.
      It works more often than not. You just might succeed.

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  5. I remember with Grace I'll ask her when we're out to pee in her diaper and she'll start crying.AHH the wahala of removing the thing outside n wearing it back get as e be! Many stars for Zuri!!

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  6. I remember with Grace I'll ask her when we're out to pee in her diaper and she'll start crying.AHH the wahala of removing the thing outside n wearing it back get as e be! Many stars for Zuri!!

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    1. Hahahahahha!
      These days, Zuri just says a strong "NO!" When I tell her to pee in her diaper....that is after looking at me somehow.

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    2. Hahahahahha!
      These days, Zuri just says a strong "NO!" When I tell her to pee in her diaper....that is after looking at me somehow.

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