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Lydia Bright has opened up about the “backlash” she faced for potting training her 15-month-old daughter as Norland trained Nanny Louenna has revealed her expert tips on when to start.
The former The Only Way Is Essex star’s comments came during a Q&A on her Instagram Stories as she answered questions about her adorable 15-month-old daughter, Loretta, on Tuesday 25 May.
Replying to a fan who asked, “How is potty training going?” Lydia candidly spoke about how she was inundated with messages from other mums telling her that Loretta was “too young”.
The 30 year old wrote: “I honestly got such a backlash when I mentioned I was potty training. Lots of mums messaging me saying she is way too young.
“But Loretta tells me every time she is about to do a poo. Therefore, I thought let’s give it a go.
“The problem is she won’t sit still on the potty and almost has a fear every time I put her on it. So maybe they were right, so I’m parking the training for the moment.”
Norland trained Nanny Louenna, who has been a nanny for 17 years, spoke exclusively to OK! about what signs parents should recognise in their child when potty training.
Asked if Loretta was “too young” to transition to the potty, Louenna said: “The most important thing to consider when potty training is to wait until your child is ready.
“Try not to compare your child to others, they are all different and develop at different rates – this is nothing to worry about.
“I don’t think Lydia was wrong to try as Loretta was letting her know that she was doing a poo which is one of the signs to look out for.
“However, there needs to me more than one sign to ensure they are ready to start the process and Loretta is still quite young.”
Louenna, who trained at the same college as Kate Middleton’s nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, described how “the majority of little ones” are ready to potty train from the age of two and a half.
The expert nanny added: “However again they are all different! Yes, there is such a thing as too young as they need to be able to understand how to communicate effectively to let you know they need to use the loo and also go longer between having a wee.”
Louenna also offered her expert advice to single parents including Lydia, who recently opened up about the "very tough" struggles of parenting solo, on how to juggle work and potty training.
She said: “I would encourage Lydia to let Loretta watch her on the loo. Try giving her lots of nappy free time before she has a bath in the evening so that she can get used to not wearing one.”
Nanny Louenna also revealed that books about potty training and cotton underwear featuring Loretta’s favourite characters such as Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol can also be a huge help for little ones.
She continued: “Lydia shouldn’t be afraid of taking Loretta out whilst potty training, however I would wait until the third day before going too far from the house so that Loretta gets some time to practice.
“I would always encourage Lydia to take Loretta to the loo before they leave the house and ask her often if she needs to go when they do leave.
“Parents should always be positive about the experience otherwise their child will sense this and be discouraged.”
Louenna, who is praised by parents and celebrities including Millie Mackintosh for her app which acts as a “nanny in your pocket”, has given her top tips for parents on potty training…
Overcoming fear of the potty
I make sure to never flush the loo when they are on it as this can be quite scary for them but try to encourage as much independence as possible, so I let them flush it afterwards!
If they are reluctant to use the potty or loo, I keep a few of their favourite toys nearby to use as a distraction whilst they are on it.
This helps them to relax – bubbles are great for this! If they do a wee or a poo, I then let them sprinkle some glitter on it before they flush… children find this very funny and exciting!
Is there a difference in boys and girls?
Not really, however I do encourage parents to potty train their boy’s so they are sitting down on the loo rather than standing.
They can learn to stand up later on however it can be quite tricky to master in the beginning!
They are far more relaxed if they are sat down and it means you are only focusing on one position for both weeing and pooing, rather than switching between the two.
What are the signs parents should look for?
· Your child goes longer between having a wet nappy
· They stand still to do a wee or poo
· They can pull their trousers up and down by themselves
· They ask to be changed as soon as they do a wee or poo in their nappy
· They consistently tell you when they need to go
If the little one has any big changes happening in their lives, I suggest to parents that they delay potty training.
This can be anything from moving house or a new sibling arriving as this could be overwhelming for them.
Must-haves for potty training
I would also suggest getting a portable potty to keep in the car or take out with you (they fit nicely in the pram basket) and a washable car seat in case of an accident.
I would definitely use a star jar so that the child can put a coin or star in the jar every time they use the potty/loo – this is a good incentive. They should get a small treat for every few stars.
A loo seat is also a must, one for upstairs and one for downstairs. This helps little ones feel secure and are more hygienic.
By using a seat instead of a potty, you don’t have to make the transition at a later stage and they feel they are copying you as they see you using it too.
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