My eldest boy is coming up to 33 months now and I will say openly, ‘Yes he is still in nappies!’
The pressure to get him dry is immense but I am having so many problems.
Firstly he does not like being bare bottomed, he always wants his trousers back on, so I can’t let him run around ‘free’ so to say.
He freaks out when he see pants! I mean actually freaks out with serious sobbing upset!
To begin with, he refused to sit on the potty, and in the last couple of weeks this has improved and he will occasionally sit on it but we have still not achieved one wee yet! He can tell me when he wants to do a number two, but as soon as we get him to the potty it all goes into retreat! If we catch a little bit, he says ‘Oh Mummy, only a baby poo, no Daddy poo!’
So many people with younger children seem to be nailing this in one week! I don’t understand why BBand I are finding this so hard! (By me, I mean helping, not that I am not potty trained! Although after a very drunken night a few years ago my husband may say otherwise!)
One of the problems is that I know it means staying house bound for at least four days. Well doing that with one child is one thing, when you can entertain just them and cook and play and give them 1:1 attention with the potty as your new best friend, but when you have two other babies now toddling around, both wanting your attention, it makes things that bit more tricky. House bound with three for four days is not fun. We will all go stir crazy!
The second problem is, that he is so close to the twins in age and in friendship, that he wants to be like them, so if they have a nappy on he wants one too.
Some people have advised me to go straight for the toilet, but he won’t sit on that. Some have suggested going for it in an intensive 1 week session and some have said to wait and go with it. I don’t really know what the answer is, but I am beginning to feel the pressure that people are thinking ‘Nappies, really? At his age?’
I fear that I may have scared him and put him into permanent wee fright!
Part of me is wondering whether I wait to the summer and do them all in one go, but then will I be late for BBand too early for the twins? You see this is hard isn’t it? Or is it just me? I am having major fits of self doubt.
So any suggestions would be gratefully received, particularly if you have tried potty training when you have more than one child. I am just all out of options! Pissing in the wind so they say, and if BBwas doing even that I would be happy! (Maybe not the passers by, but I would be!)