Tales from the potty. Chapter 1

Have you done a poo poo?

Leo is rapidly approaching his second birthday. My little boy is growing up and he is becoming less baby and more toddler every single day. This last year has seen Leo fly through lots of different milestones: walking, talking, understanding and loads more. For the last couple of months we have  slowly been working towards the next major milestone, potty training!

I can’t believe that my little man is ready for this but he so nearly is. I have decided to keep a diary of all our potty training ups and downs so I can keep track of how well (or not!) Leo is doing and so other mums can see what potty training is like from the very begining. So without further adue, welcome toTales from the potty.

From around the time Leo turned about 20 months there has been a lot toilet talk going on in this house. Before I even consider buying a potty, let alone try and get Leo to use it, I feel it is really important to teach him all about the poo’s and the wee’s. Now Leo is understanding so much more of what we say, I am starting to talk to him about what’s going on in his nappy.

Whenever there is that all too familiar smell in the air I ask Leo ‘have you done a poo poo?’. At first he didn’t have a clue what I was  on about but in recent weeks he has started to respond by either saying ‘yes’ or just repeating ‘poo poo’. During nappy changes I will declare the contents of his nappy to the world- ‘Oh look Leo, wee wee!’. It might sound a bit odd but Leo is starting to understand what is going on and sometimes, very rarely, he will come and tell me when he has gone number 2.

I feel this very early stage of potty training is often overlooked when reading toilet training tips and guidelines. How can we possibly expect our children to use a potty if they don’t know what a poo is? Leo is not quite ready for the next step, the little (gross) accident in the bath last night might be a good example as to why, but I intend to continue to prompt and ask him about his toilet habbits until we are ready to venture to Boots or Mothercare and buy him some pull ups and a potty. Like I said, I have been talking about this with Leo for atleast 2 months, I am not going to rush him. I know people who have decided by what age their child will be potty trained, this is not the route I plan to take. When he is ready, we will both know.

Hopefully see you again soon for the next chapter of Tales from the potty.

Have you started potty training your little one yet? I would be very interested to hear how you are getting on.



  1. June 30, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    We have been attempting a bit of potty training this week with my son but I'm still not sure he's ready! He is just over 2.5yrs and is very forward…but he will not wee on his potty. Alot of friends said they had similar issues and that they left it a few months before trying again…so thats what we'll be doing I think. I read that boys do it later than girls but I'm just hoping we get there before he turns 18 lol! Good luck with your little man xx #twinklytuesday

  2. July 2, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    I never knew boys take longer, I will remember that when the stress of it all kicks in. Good luck with your little one, I'm sure he will get the hang of it before he's 18!!xx

  3. July 3, 2015 / 8:51 am

    How funny, I have just potty trained another Leo! I think you are very right, let him understand first about wees and poos and take it easy. I will just say one thing, don't worry too much with pull ups, just go for it!!
    Good luck, my first son was very easy, took a couple of weeks and we did it 3 months after turning two. Leo was lazy so has taken a bit longer… #twinklytuesday

  4. July 7, 2015 / 5:50 am

    Oh, the bathtub accidents. I don't miss those – especially while bathing my twins together! I agree that providing children with potty vocabulary is an extremely important early step. Good luck with potty training. It was the part of parenting that I struggled with the most.

    Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

  5. July 7, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    Oh lots of people have said not to bother with pull ups, maybe I won't bother and save myself some pennies. Thanks for the good luck, I think I'm going to need it!xx

  6. July 7, 2015 / 12:22 pm

    Thank you for the luck Sadia, I'm hoping it's going to be easier than I think!you are supermum dealing with twin bathtime accidents!xx

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