Welcome to week 2 of my Potty Training Live 2014 posts.
Ok so you've done all of the preparation and you're sure that your child is ready for potty training so this week I'm going to be talking about probably the scariest part of potty training (for me anyway) taking off the nappy.
However there are a few things that you should make sure you have before taking that all important step
Make sure you have lots and lots of pants because you will be changing them frequently so you don't want to run out and have to resort to going back to nappies. Let your child choose the pants, this will make them more fun and appealing when it comes to wearing them, Riley chose Monsters University and dinosaur pants.
Make sure you have a reward chart ready with lots of stickers and little treats to give to your child when they are doing well with staying dry. Riley responded brilliantly to reward charts and would volunteer to go to the toilet just so that he could put another star on his chart, it made sure he was going regularly which meant less accidents.
Make sure your child is dressed in clothing which is easy to pull up and down to make life much easier and quicker when they need to go, I dressed Riley in tracksuit bottoms or if we were home just left his trousers off so he only had his pants to deal with when going to the toilet. Avoid belts at all costs, by the time you've undone them they'll have probably already wet themselves so belts are a big no no.
And of course remember to stock up on Dry Like Me Potty Training Pads to keep the mess from accidents to a minimum.
So once you have all of the above plus all of the items from my Week 1 post you're ready to take the plunge and remove the nappy. Plan when you're going to do it and just go for it, it's really important to remember that there will be accidents, lots of accidents infact but don't worry it's totally normal and it's how they learn to stay dry.
I know it's difficult sometimes but try not to get annoyed with your little one if they have lots of accidents as it can make them think negatively about potty training and also increase their anxiety about it which in turn will just lead to more accidents. Remember lots of positive encouragement for staying dry and calmly remind them what they need to do when they have an accident.
My last piece of advice is to persevere, once that nappy is off you need to resist the urge to put it back on when you hit your 15th pair of wet pants, hang on in there, the first few days are the worst but all of a sudden it seems to click so going back to nappies would just confuse matters.
Good luck and if you're potty training now please let me know how you're getting on.