It is a fact that babies develop fast, but people also forget that the toddler years are pretty full on with changes too.
At the beginning of the year Sebastian wasn’t talking and had been referred to have his hearing tested and speech therapy, he was still in nappies and showed no interest in potty training and had just started pre-school.
Fast forward a year and what a difference. My non-talker doesn’t stop talking now that he has the confidence to speak over his brothers and sister, didn’t need his referral to the speech therapist and is flying high at Nursery School.
He adores school, particularly playing Knights and Dragons and Dinosaurs and helping to look after their chickens and collecting the eggs they have laid. He always excitedly tells me if he has seen Isaac and Eliza during the day too.
After a failed attempt at toilet training at Easter, we were approached by Huggies to become their potty training ambassadors and started toilet training just before Sebby’s third birthday in June.
This time he was ready!
We followed the 6 steps to potty training success:
- Check you are both ready
- Say goodbye to nappies
- Start practicing
- Learn wet from dry
- Be consistent
- Keep practicing
After a shaky start which is pretty normal but as his confidence grew he sailed through the process and by the time we went on holiday he was even standing up to use the big toilet.
That is not to say we have not have any accidents since and we have had a couple of frustrating set backs. The first when he started Nursery as I think the change in routine really threw him and the second we are going through now.
He has been off-colour for a couple of weeks with a heavy cold and had a bit of an upset stomach which has meant that he didn’t make it to the toilet quick enough and he lost his confidence.
We have broken out the sticker chart again and are remaining positive and it seems to be working its magic, so touch-wood it is just a blip.
Above all, Sebby is really looking forward to Christmas this year. I think at 3, this is the age they really understand what is going on. It has been the first year he hasn’t cried when meeting Father Christmas and had a lovely long conversation with him detailing everything he wanted, although it was completely different to what he told me he would like.
My chilled-out boy is still relatively relaxed, but he is a lot more feisty than he used to be. He has learned to stand up to his brothers and sister and is the master of commanding everyone’s attention. The really surprising thing to me is that he is a complete daredevil……..fast rides at the theme park that Isaac and Eliza shy away from he is there, on them again and again and I always have my heart in my mouth when he’s on the climbing frame as he has no fear at all.
The baby of the family is certainly not a baby anymore and we have applied for his school place for 2017!!