What toilet seat do you recommend?
we used a seat like this
with a step/stool like this
(but we just have no-name ones). The stool still gets used by our 4yo, although we stopped using the seat ages ago. The seat was good to throw in the car when we went away, visiting, camping etc. We ditched using kiddie toilet seats as soon as we could (ie. kids weren't scared of falling into toilet and had figured out how to sit properly).
This traveller-folding toilet seat
was great when we were out and about, for use on public toilet seats. Folds up, so easy to put into larger handbags etc.Did you have your LO wear pull ups all the time when toilet training or training material pants?
Put both kids into little regular knickers. At night, they still wore nappies, but once they woke up, it was just knickers. Never used pull-ups.What age did you start your child?
DD1 was about 2y9m. DD2 was about 2y3m. We did it when they were keen to ditch the nappies, they were having longer dry periods in nappies and seemed to be ready.How long did they take to be day toilet trained?
DD1 - maybe 4-5 weeks . Then for the next 2-3 months, she might have had an accident every fortnight or so maybe??
DD2 - 2-3 weeks max. She figured it out very quickly (from watching her big sister I think). A month later, she wanted to stop wearing nappies at night and she was nappy-free by about 2.5yo. Surprised DH and I, we never expected that. She's had only a handful of accidents since there (turns 4 this month).How long to be fully toilet trained?
DD1 was day trained by about 3yo. But in terms of being fully TT (day and night), it took longer. She started "night TT" just after she turned 4. She was probably 4y3m when she was fully TT, day and night
For DD2, see above.
It really depends on the child I think.Any tips/advice/ etc
It is much easier to do it during summer, simply because the kids don't have layers of clothing to remove. And also when night TT, it generally means no blankets/doonas to worry about. DD1 TTed in summer, but DD2 wanted to ditch the nappies in May/June - it was not particularly fabulous for me, but she was really keen, so we went with it.
DD1 was totally into bribes. 1 smartie for a wee, 2 smarties for a poo. After a week or so, we stopped mentioning it, although we would give the reward if she remembered. She forgot after about 2-3 days.
Never used any bribes/rewards with DD2. She was happy with claps.
We also used knickers during the day sleeps as well. That worked for us, as the kids were not confused about knickers or nappies during the day.
Looking back now, it seems like it was pretty easy. but I remember a few times during it when I thought I had the lost the plot. It helps if you have some idea of when your child normally does a wee/poo during the day.
Once you commit to starting the TT, I would recommend planning it around a few days at home when you do not have to go out. Just to start it off.
This post has been edited by YodaTheWrinkledOne: 06/01/2013, 11:44 PM