Let them do it themselves. Ever heard of self paced weaning? How about self paced toilet training? Hmm I had never heard of it until I had my son.
Jarvis has always been a stubborn child, determined to do things his way. It is very hard to get him to do things he does not want to do. The opposite also applies, once he sets his mind to something, there is no stopping him.
At fourteen months of age, Jarvis pretty much opted to use the toilet at home. Justin and I bought a toilet seat, and bar for a few mishaps, Jarvis has used the toilet at home for the past year.
In the last couple of months I have stopped putting a nappy on him when we do small trips out of the house. I know it sounds lazy on my behalf, but Jarvis likes to pee...often! One trip to do the grocery shop can equal two to three dashes for the loo. So on long car rides and for things when I don't know if we can access a toilet with ease we revert to the nappy.
Today, on our family day off, we went to Movie World. I put a nappy on Jarvis for the car ride, then we left it on thinking it would be easier on the rides. But, no. Jarvis had other ideas. On the dodgem cars he stops and signifies he has to wee. Apparently he now refuses to use a nappy.
Yes this is great, but who would have thought a twenty six month old child who choose when and where to stop using nappies?