Potty Training & The Reluctant Toddler

Potty training with my first two children was a breeze, they were both out of nappies by the time they were two. Daisy was a little more difficult as she had some bowel issues but we got there pretty quickly once she got the hang of it. Now I find myself with a very reluctant toddler and I’m feeling at somewhat of a crossroads.

I just want to start by saying that nothing has ever been easy with Jake, he’s how shall we put it, spirited. He is a strong willed and frustratingly stubborn little boy. Of course I love and accept him with every fibre of my being but every new transition we need to make fills me with dread.


Jake is due to start nursery (at school) in May, they intake straight after their third birthday at ours. It’s time to potty train a thought that fills me with dread. Because it’s a school nursery they have to be dry in the day to attend.

I don’t believe in pushing children in to doing anything they are not ready for but I know physically he is. He knows when he needs a pee or poo, he tells us.

The problem doesn’t seem to lie in his readiness to use the potty it’s his little quirks that are getting in the way. Firstly he doesn’t like being naked, I’ve tried him with just undies. He insists upon putting his joggers on too which I think is making him forget he’s got no nappy on.

I’ve done all the recommend things like introducing the potty from an early age, letting Jake choose some undies and waiting until his nappies are drier during the day. All to no avail.

I’ve offered chocolate buttons as an incentive and of course stickers. Nothing is tempting him.

He doesn’t want to sit on the potty for more than a few seconds, I have tried sitting with him and reading a book or having a chat.

It’s not just the potty he’s stubborn about, bath times and hair cuts are an absolute nightmare at the moment too. He’s also insistent he isn’t going to nursery anyway it’s such a contrast to Daisy who couldn’t wait to go.

A big part of me is thinking about leaving it a few more months until he turns three and there’s a chance we can reason with him better. But an even bigger part of me wants to persevere. I admit I do need a little break. Nursery will provide that break for me and for Jake.

So what do I do ? my options are:

Crack on with it, keep going until he’s ready.

Wait a few more months and defer his place until September.

I honestly don’t know what to do. What would you do ? Do you have any tips or tricks to share with me ?


Lalaloopsy Babies Potty Surprise Doll Review

When I first saw the new Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise doll advertised on the TV recently I will admit that I rolled my eyes and was a little sceptical. A certain little girl in our house was very excited at the concept of a doll with a potty that actually pooped. Only a 5 year old could find bodily functions, especially if they involve sparkly shapes entertaining.

Does anyone else’s children watched endless videos on YouTube of pooping dolls ? have you seen how many views they attract. There’s definitely something to said for toilet humour !

As you can imagine Daisy was over the moon when a Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise doll arrived for her to review. I couldn’t get it out of the box quickly enough for her !

The Lalaloopsy Babies Potty Surprise Jewel Sparkle doll is a new and fun edition to the ‘Sew Cute’ range. Jewel Sparkle magically poops colourful surprise shapes in her potty.

Included in the box is everything you need, the doll, 3 different coloured pots of food, a bowl, a spoon and a very adorable pink potty.

Daisy started by turning the dial on the dolls back which changes the the shape of the surprise. She then spooned the food (which is like a magic sand consistency) in to the dolls mouth. There is a button to twist in place of her belly button and this is the only part that daisy really needed help with as it’s a little tricky for small hands.

Once Daisy had taken the dolls nappy off she sat her on the potty. There’s a little button that presses on a ridge of the potty which helps the poop (shape) on it’s way. Daisy was incredibly excited to find a colourful poop in the potty, her first one was a flower shape. She then spent the best part of an hour feeding the doll and filling the potty up with tiny surprises.

There are four surprise shapes, a heart, a flower, a star and a button. You can also mix up the food to create lots fun colours.

Apart from the fact that this Lalaloopsy doll keeps Daisy and Jake occupied for ages I also love that it doesn’t need any batteries. I also really like that it can be used over and over again.

The Lalaloopsy Babies Potty Surprise Doll is available a all good toy retailers including Amazon. You can also keep up with news about the latest ranges by visiting the Lalaloopsy website or following on Twitter.

You can also read our previous review of the Lalaloopsy Princess Mittens Fluff’n’Stuff Doll here.

*We were sent the Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise doll free of charge for the purpose of this review. All thought and opinions are our own*

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