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“Get out and no one gets hurt” approach
As we’ve mentioned previously, there are many methods that people use to
train their children to use the toilet instead of nappies. This month
we’re going to look at the ‘Get, get out and no one gets
hurt’ approach! Following this method will generally bring success
within two weeks for day time dryness and 4 weeks for night time dryness.
Last month we talked about getting ready to begin the process. Once you are
ready and the big day has arrived, we recommend that you simply take off their
nappy and put them in their new underwear. We would then set aside the first
couple of hours and have them sit on the potty or toilet. It might be worth
noting that it doesn’t matter what you choose to use. The toilet can
mean less clean up but the potty is more portable. You may even choose to
switch between the two, it really doesn’t matter.
Try and make this time on the potty exciting. If you have other children, get
them involved. We primed ours ahead of time to go over the top with praise
when success came. Ring the grandparents and let them know what’s
happening so they can encourage the process too.
Now you sit your little one on the potty and give them lots to drink. This is
where all that salty food and juice we talked about last month comes into
play. Whilst we don’t normally advocate giving your children these
things, these are special circumstances! Basically we want our children to
learn the sensation of having a full bladder — that’s the trigger
they need to associate with going to the toilet. In order to have a full
bladder, they need to drink lots and the salty food helps them to do that. Sit
with them, play with toys, read books, watch a DVD, all the while encouraging
them to eat and drink. Inevitably success will come and that’s when you
encourage them. Lots of praise, even if initially it wasn’t a conscious
decision for them to go in the toilet, will encourage them that they can do
this and it is worth it.
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