So, we’ve been wondering if we should start thinking about potty training. Nursery told us a few weeks ago that E had used a toilet. I think it’s just been the once. Since she’s been talking there have been comments about her toilet habits and she is happy to comment on when Mummy has a wee or at least, says I’ll be going for a wee when I do as much as walk towards a bathroom. How lovely.
I don’t like the idea of potties to be honest. I prefer the idea of a seat on the toilet. Potties strike me as adding to the confusion.
And although I was vaguely aware of there being some differences between girls and boys in training, I didn’t think they were so significant as to make a huge difference. How foolish and naive I was…
First up, a quick look at products. Unsurprisingly there are mountains of plastic products available to see you through this transition. Was I under the impression that all E needed was some pants, a child seat, maybe a step, wipes and a calm, patient instructor? Why would I not treat us both to a 3 in 1 contraption, with potty, seat and ladder set that she can climb to sit on? Or a potty on wheels with a space for a full toilet roll hanging on the front? Or a boy’s special training thing which looks like a mini urinal? No less than £20 each people.
Mothercare have toilet seats. Most are either pink or blue. Why? Mainly so they can have some kind of character – Thomas, Mickey Mouse, and f*&%ing ubiqitous Peppa pig – on them. Some even have padding. Kiddicare
have a slightly wider selection with more white seats but there’s still some gender division.
And so I turned to my usual reliable source – books. Could I get E a book to teach her what to do? I could but they were all pink or blue too. Some of them even said for girls or boys on the front. Is it really so different? And do girls really only do things because princesses tell them to?
I checked the advice given online – there really was very little difference between what they recommend for girls and boys. Boys may start later they say. The actual techniques stay the same to start with until you start to look at standing up for boys but it’s not necessary to do that straight away do why the blatant gender differences?
Stupid question really, it’s profit driven isn’t it, like everything else. I don’t know why we let them get away with it.
Anyway, I shall buy something this weekend and start to talk to E about using it. We’ll see how we get on.