mama buys toilet seat.
girlchild sits happily on seat and tries to go. knows exactly what to do.
but nothing there. not 30mins later either.
girchild sits on loo for 40mins reading and been read to.
tinkle occurs by default.
girlchild mildly interested.
girlchild sit on loo and after 45mins, a tinkle.
mama thinks, this seems so disconnected.
girlchild going for a #2, mama scoops her up and attempts to place her on loo to screams and general protest.
aftermath: "not going toilet anymore"
mama decides there must be a better way anyway.
3 weeks pass....
mama thinks that intuitive relieving must be better than going by default.
i intellectualised it with the toilet seat idea.
mama asks daddy to buy potty.
daddy brings home potty.
girlchild suspicious of potty.
potty allowed to sit and settle in.
girlchild understands mess has occured, uses potty at next encouragement.
immediate results pleases her. bingo.
mutual happy-dance ensues. (feet stomping and clapping).
potty used first thing.
1 and 1/2 spills.
mama encourages use throughout morning. girlchild uses.
girlchild stating 'need a wee'.
mama taking to potty.
girlchild requests potty upon waking!
butt nekked child running through garden. glee occurs.
girlchild going entirely on her own.
discounting failed first attempt, toilet learning achieved in 34hrs.
or, partially successful. #2 in potty hasn't occured.
she's very particular about this personal business. she isn't fearing the potty for this, and knows what she's supposed to do, but isn't entirely convinced. i think it's something about the position.
no pressure from us, but.... 4 days without. she became constipated. argh.
finally went last night at 1:30am in diaper.
so still need to work on phase two, for #2s.
i've always preferred, for my child, that she learns what her body needs (although, i do wish i had ignored child-lead weaning).
rather than giving cues to relieve herself, or waiting for things to just happen to occur, i felt this worked for us because she felt the need to go herself and had immediate relief. totally understood her body.
had to have a c-section, breastfeeding failed, doesn't sleep longer than 2.5hrs during night, barely eats solids (she was 2 in april), so to say mama is (in her mind) dancing on a tabletop and singing songs of joy, would be an understatement.
now, to convince her to put clothes on.....