I consider myself a fairly brave woman, but there are a few things guaranteed to make me cry and want to hide in the pantry with my secret stash of chocolates (which I hide in the All Bran cereal box, because who the hell eats All Bran out of choice?):
- Pregnancy scares
- Sleep deprivation
- School applications
- Nature doccies where the baby antelope gets eaten by a lion
- Emotional adverts
- Potty training
The last one scarred me so deep that it took almost four years to recover before taking the leap and having another baby… okay fine, I am being dramatic. There were loads of other factors when it came to making that decision, but potty training has never been one of my super powers. It took almost 2-years to potty train Mikayla completely – and it was so utterly and completely exhausting that I almost gave up and allowed her to wear diapers for the rest of her life. That being said, just as I was about to give up on her, she surprised me by pretty much sorting herself out. That made me realize that this whole potty training thing works out a lot better when your kid is actually ready to do it and willing to play along.
At only two-years old, I did not expect Knox to be ready so soon… he started showing all the classic signs a few months ago. Telling us when he had a wee or poo, asking to be changed, and then – finally – taking his nappy off without us noticing and smearing his poop EVERYWHERE. I am not joking guys… every time he would have a poo he would go to a quiet corner of the house and beshizzle it. It was nasty, so nasty that I considered running away and changing my identity numerous times. At first I did not realize that this was him being ready to potty train, but after it was happening 2-3 times a day I took to my fellow Twitter moms for advice. One mom suggested that I potty train him, that it is probably a sign that he is ready – I suggested that she go swim in a lake of molten lava, as it would be equally fun (in my head, like a normal person). Turns out she was right and I needed to have a slice of humble pie.
Now there are some pro’s & cons to having Knox potty trained at a relatively early age:
1. It will decrease our carbon footprint. I really tried to get into the cloth nappy route when Knox was a baby, but it was not for me at all. Even if you do use cloth diapers, we are in the middle of a severe draught and washing them wastes water – so HAH! Anyway, unfortunately the disposable diapers we use are way worse. Before we started potty training, Knox would go through 10 -15 diapers a day. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that about 20 billion disposable diapers are dumped in landfills each year, accounting for more than 3.5 million tons of waste. What’s more, disposable diapers take about 500 years to decompose. The millions of tons of untreated waste added to landfills each year can contaminate ground water. According to the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program, landfills are known for producing greenhouse gas emissions, which can contribute to the earth’s climate changes. Decomposing diapers release methane into the air and high concentrations of the gas can be explosive and flammable. Methane is also dangerous to breathe in because it replaces oxygen. Scary stuff…
2. It’s more cost effective. Depending on what specials are going on, the brand you buy and where you buy it – nappies work out to roughly R3 per nappy… so at the stage just before potty training, we were spending about ±R30 a day, ±R210 a week and ±R840 a month on nappies!
I honestly cannot think of any more pro’s besides that fact that I can finally buy him Star Wars undies.
1. I actually have to potty train him, and I am terrible at it.
2. I have no idea how to potty train a boy.
3. I used up all my patience in 2016 and it is still busy reloading.
While I was pondering all of this, and spending so much energy trying to figure out how to tackle this – Knox’s teachers had been potty training him at school the entire time. I went to fetch him the one day and his teacher asked me to please pack some undies for him as he no longer wears nappies during school time. WTF???! This happened within a space of two weeks?? It was great to hear, I mean – who wouldn’t be stoked at having a genius for a son, plus I was off the hook. Unfortunately I cannot take any credit for potty training him at all, which is kind of useless in mom circles and might even be slightly frowned upon – who knows with all this new age parenting nonsense. The problem is that Knox would not have any of this at home… he continued to decorate couch, the walls, the tables, etc. in deep tones of brown and khaki. I tried rewards, bribes, begging, you name it. He was just not interested. I always got the sense that our plastic potty was maybe not comfortable enough – so when we received the Baby Throne I was quite excited to try it out. I am not sure if it was the excitement of getting a brand new potty, or the fact that it is so comfortable (I am seriously considering having an adult sized one commissioned) – but it did the trick! Knox is loving using the potty at daytime, but for now we still use nappies when we go out on our little family adventures and at night-time. Rome was not built in a day.
It obviously didn’t magically potty train my child 100% overnight, but it has really made it easier. I wish I had one when Mikayla was potty training – and I really wish I heard about them sooner. So, looking at the price tag of R999 (including delivery and insurance), what makes the Baby Throne so special?
The Baby Throne was designed and created by a mom, and can have your children potty trained from the age of 4 months (when baby can sit up unaided and support their heads) until they are too ‘wide to fit’ which is at approximately 20kg which is an average 4 or 5-year-old – it will save you thousands that would usually be spent on nappies. You can save about R6500 (60%) on nappies before your child turns two!
The Baby Throne is made from a soft, comfortable, recyclable foam material that gently holds baby in a squat position. The unique position in which baby (or toddler) is held in the Baby Throne allows for easy and complete elimination of waste from the bowel. This position allows baby to make the connection between wanting to “go” and the Baby Throne.
The Baby Throne has two parts. It is assembled in three different ways to suit the three different stages; beginner, intermediate and advanced. The manual that comes with the Baby Throne describes the Baby Throne Technique in detail – the secret is routine, no more than twice a day and for never more than 10 minutes.
The Beginner Baby Throne: This is the first stage and can be used from 4-months – as your baby is strong enough to hold his/her head up without support. This stage is done with a diaper on so that baby can start associating this with needing to go to the loo.
The Intermediate Baby Throne: The base is turned up the other way and the floor of the base is farther away from the baby’s bottom. No more diapers, it’s time for the real deal!
The Advanced Baby Throne: Used without the base and seat is simply placed on top of the toilet. Toddlers can also use these gentle and progressive stages to get onto the advanced stage quickly without getting a fright.
Baby Throne Advantages
- The specific squatting angle of the Baby Throne may help babies and toddlers with constipation, cramping and bloating.
- Avoiding long-term diaper wearing may help avoid issues such as infections, testicular cancer and infertility.
- Saves money on diapers. Between 0 and 2 years, each baby could save over 2000 diapers!
- Saves time by changing less or no diapers!
- Reduces environmental damage with reduced or no diaper usage!
- Starts early and continues to toddler age. Can be used from as early as 4 months old depending upon baby’s physical
development and when they can hold their head up and sit alone comfortably.
- Minimises the fear some children have of the toilet and ‘letting go’ with early and gentle introduction
- Uses optimal and natural position to release and empty bowel. Instinctively triggering the instinct to push!
- Hygienic: Prevents nappy rash and reduces risk of urinary tract infections.
- Focuses on comfort and safety. Made from comfortable, soft and easy-to-clean material allowing baby to enjoy the experience feeling safe and secure.
The Baby Throne is an incredibly durable product with a functional design. It is easy to clean, all enough to not take up to much space and Knox loves sitting in it as it is so comfy! It is also very light so easy to move from room to room. This is not a magical solution for potty training, but it does make it a hell of a lot easier – there are also so many advantages to using the Baby Throne that the price tag is definitely worth it. This product will most likely last you through all of your kids, it is pretty indestructible.
So my fellow potty training mommies… may the force be with you. Now, please excuse me while I wipe pee out of my carpet for the 100th time (at least it is no longer poo).
Lots of love,
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