Avoid going potty over potty training with this book and kit giveaway.
It can be one of the most stressful stages of parenting a young child and I think it’s one of the more major parenting milestones. I’ve learnt that the key to the whole thing is knowing when the time is right; rush your child into it before they’re ready and you can find yourself hard at it for months. Get the timing right though and it’s relatively painless.
Sophia, at two-and-a-half-years-old, took two weeks to potty train. I noticed that she would hold her nappy and was aware when it was wet so I decided to go for it with her. She was magnificent. Dexter however, isn’t ready. Not yet. And that’s fine, I don’t mind. Children reach stages at different times and I’ve heard that boys tend to become ready for potty training at a later age than girls. But it’s definitely something that lies constantly in the back of my mind.
How to potty train
Judith Hough and Diane Titterton, two potty training experts, have written a book – How to Potty Train – to help parents through the potty training stage. I was sent a copy and must say that it’s a really useful and user-friendly book. It covers every aspect of potty training from preparing your child, recognising the signs that they’re ready for it, through to night-time potty training and going out and about. It’s filled with simple and colourful illustrations and also comes with helpful checklists and an assessment chart as well as stickers and achievement certificates for your child to encourage them on their potty training ‘journey’.
I admit that, despite doing the whole potty training thing before, I found this a really good read, with some tips that I hadn’t thought of before. I also really like the fact that it’s child-friendly; I could easily see myself sitting down with Dexter and talking to him about potty training, using the illustrations to help him understand and the stickers to get him excited. In fact, we’ve now introduced the idea of a potty to Dexter, but have focused on getting him to sit on it rather than using it properly. He’s taken to that well (although it’s currently in the living room so I must move it to the bathroom soon!) and I’ll definitely be referring to Judith and Diane’s book as I start preparing him properly for potty training.
I was also sent 4 packs of Dry Like Me potty training pads to help me with Dexter’s potty training. These pads have been developed by Judith and Diane to fit easily into ‘grown up pants’ and capture accidents while at the same time helping your child to realise that they’ve had an accident so they can learn when they need the toilet. We’re yet to try these out, but they are slim and should easily slip into pants.
I didn’t use anything like this for Sophia, but then I potty trained her during the summer and it didn’t seem to matter much if she had an accident because the weather was warmer. I’ve never been keen on the idea of using disposable pull-up nappies during potty training: I believe they can actually hinder progress instead of helping because children may not notice when they’ve had an accident. With the likelihood of Dexter being potty trained over winter, I’m less inclined to put him straight into grown up pants but don’t want him in pull-up nappies. I hadn’t heard of Dry Like Me pads before but think these could be a good middle ground, especially in the early stages of potty training while Dexter’s getting used to the idea.
Potty training kit giveaway
The lovely people at Dry Like Me have offered to send one copy of Judith and Diane’s “How to Potty Train” book and 4 packs of Dry Like Me potty training pads to one lucky Chez Mummy reader. If you have a little one who will need to be potty trained soon or in the future, then this is certainly something for you.
To enter, leave me a comment telling me what worries you most about potty training. Chances are it will be covered in the book!
For extra entries, you can:
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For each extra entry, please leave a separate comment to tell me that you’ve done them along with your Twitter/Pinterest/Facebook username as appropriate (I will be checking!) otherwise, they will not be counted. And if you tweet about the giveaway, please leave me a link to the actual tweet.
Terms and Conditions
- The prize is for one person to win one copy of the book “How to Potty Train” and 4 packs of Dry Like Me potty training pads.
- The prize is non-transferable and there will be no cash alternative.
- This giveaway is open to UK residents only.
- This giveaway will end at midnight (GMT) on Friday 22 November 2013. The winner will be selected at random, their entries confirmed as valid, and announced here.
- Winners will be contacted within 48 hours of the giveaway closing. If a winner does not respond within 7 days, a new winner will be chosen.
- It will be the responsibility of the company to issue the prize to the winner, not Chez Mummy. Chez Mummy will not be held liable for any issues regarding the distribution of the prize.