Freddie is now 4, but for the last 2 years we've, on and very off tried to get him out of pull ups. He's now out of them completely (except for bedtime.. that's the next battle!) and I remember trawling the internet for some really helpful tips, because to be honest we struggled a bit at times and I found a mere few, but primarily went with my own gut feelings most of the time.. So I wanted to share my top tips, so if you're in a similar situation you'll find a few pointers!
- Use your instincts
He loves it, it's a Thomas one and it sits beside the toilet ready to be used. It makes it super quick and easy to pop up to the toilet as and when he needs to, we've also invested in a step now that he can take himself.
- Be patient
- Talk about it - lots!
Tell them about you going to the toilet and just keep talking about it. Talk about every aspect of it and why. Like we wipe to make sure it stays dry and clean. We go to the toilet because it's easier and it's not nice to do it in our pants. We wash our hands because we don't want to pass on germs and make ourselves or others ill.
We must do the talk every time we go! Now he's 4 it's kind of nice to hear him relay the pointers back to me - shows he's understanding.
- Don't be embarrassed
You won't believe the amount of times we've been in public loo's and Freds has shouted out 'Are you doing a poo?!' okay for that second you're like SHHH! *flushed* But honestly, who cares? They're a child, they don't notice privacy (I wasn't doing a poo btw).
Plus it'll make for funny stories if nothing else.. like the time he bellowed out in the ladies that I was on my period.. Eeeek!
This did help us in getting Freddie interested, he just wasn't bothered about going at the start but as soon as a 'treat' was there one he went he was willing to have a go more.
This can go for anything, a sweet or square of chocolate or even stickers. We had a chart as well for a while which he loved. They honestly live for the little things!
- Be prepared
- It honestly does take a while
- See the bright side
However, do feel very in your right to feel frustrated and annoyed about the process at times.. airing them can help a lot!
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