Friday, October 29, 2010

A potty break

Note to self: it might have been a good idea to tone DOWN the emotional pants blackmail five days before going to Madrid rather than ramp it up. Something tells me the reason the books don't include a chapter on potty training a toddler while on a city break is because You. Just. Don't. Do. It. (Or at least I imagine they don't. It's a bit of a blur, but I think I gave up on baby books in about Louis's eleventh month of round-the-clock sleeplessness. Either way, I knew not even to open the Gina Ford potty-trained-in-a-week tome my neighbour thrust in my direction the other day!)

I was nervous enough about the prospect of a city break with a toddler. Especially to a city that doesn't even get going until several hours after toddlers are supposed to be asleep. So imagine my delight when Louis announced earlier this week that he wouldn't be wearing nappies again, only Thomas pants. (Oh foolish mother that I am to have dangled the prospect of Thomas pants in front of his former nappy wearing self!)

We've only ourselves to blame: that morning he'd moaned about me changing his nappy so I told him the only alternative was the potty and the pants. Trust Louis to call my bluff! "Okay. Nappy off. I'll sit on the potty. And wear Thomas pants." Turns out his Daddy J is equally to blame. They'd had one of those am-I-a-big-boy? conversations the night before, that ended with DJ telling him that big boys didn't wear nappies. And so now he doesn't. Well, apart from to sleep. But considering he told his nursery carer he'd rather play than nap for the past two days that's two less nappies worn already. (Cue more worries that he's given up his lunchtime nap as well - just in time for a city where everyone takes a siesta.)

Now all I need to know is how much easyJet will charge us in excess luggage when we bring back a suitcase full of Louis's wet trousers.

6 comments:

nappy valley girl said...

Ha ha, sounds exactly the kind of thing I would have done. I started training Littleboy 2 in the middle of freezing February, just the opposite of what you're supposed to do (ie start in the summer so they can wander around naked. As long as you have access to a washing machine at some point, I don't think it matters!

Iota said...

I was going to say "have fun", but "have a big supply of dry trousers" might be better advice.

"Potty training in one week" - another great fiction title.

marisworld said...

I've started today funnily enough with my twin girls. One has flatly refused and has her nappy back on, the other has gone through the entire 6 pack of peppa Pig knickers as she can't make up her mind, one accident so far and refusing to go back into nappies...

Tilly said...

I think I'd pop him in some 'pull-up' nappies for your break. You could probably convince him that they are 'big boy' pants as he gets to pull them up and down himself. Or, buy a 'pottette' - I think that's what they are called. It's like a mini toilet seat and has these bits on each side which mean that you can put it on top of a toilet and you have a mini seat for the kiddies to sit on (stops them thinking that they are going to fall down the loo). Then the side bits fold down and the seat becomes a potty and you put a special liner in it which soaks up all the wee. It's a brilliant invention and small enough to carry around in a backpack. Have a great break!

Muddling Along Mummy said...

Yes good luck with that... that said when Big decided it was time we had only a couple of accidents and all went well. I still don't believe it but its the honest truth (as opposed to when I thought she was ready and we had the poo on the trampoline incident...)

Shamozal said...

I think toilet training is the HARDEST thing to do above everything. I've had a completely different experience with all 4 of my guys and still don't know what the secret is. Great blog, just read the sleep post and really enjoyed your honesty. Im at 4 kids, 20 suitcases and a beagle, come and see our Shamozal sometime.

Kirsty (Shamozal)