4 steps to surviving potty training

Potty training is not for the faint hearted. No matter how much you invest in the ‘How to book/DVD’, the potty and the build up to the whole experience, you will get stuck with accidents

This is your survival guide.

Step one

Before you start with potty training, invest in soap with a strong scent. Don’t pick your favourite soap. It has to be something you are never going to use again.  Believe me, once potty training is done with, you’ll never want to.

You will need a bucket with a lid. Screw on preferably. You might also prefer to get a set of thick dish washing gloves. One pair is not enough, Murphy will intervene. And believe me, MARK THEM!

Also rescue drops or wine for the nerves, might not be a bad idea.
Step two

Wait for the first accident. Don’t worry, it won’t take long.

Step three

This is where you get to make a choice. Once you get the first poo accident, you can choose whether to wash that undie, or buy some more. Even if you wash the first one, be prepared to give in and throw it away. At least once. Some things are just too nasty to clean.

Step four

The best thing to do with a poo undie, is to first deposit the chunks into the loo. It’s during this stage that you start wishing your child was constipated. Then (dish washing gloves on) you take that “special” soap (remind the household members that it’s not for regular use) and wash that undie. As soon as you are sure that there is nothing left on the undie, add some more soap and throw it in the screw top bucket with water. When washing day comes around, take the undies out of the bucket, squeeze out water and add to the washing.

Voilà, you will have survived the potty training accident!

Now for a few Don’ts:
  • Don’t leave that dirty undie for too long. Once that smell sets in, nothing will get it out.
  • Whatever you do, don’t think you can take a short cut and throw it directly in the washing machine. Poo sticks.To everything!
  • Same with throwing that poo undie in the bucket without washing it first. Sticking your hand in that dirty water could be one of the worst experiences of your life.
  • And don’t think that a poo undie is the worst thing that can happen to you, because that would be Poo Art.
Did you survive potty training? Or how are you preparing yourself? Share with us below.
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