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  1. Ah the perils of potty training! I shall be starting that with Poppy once the summer comes. Then I shall be housetraining new pup and potty training a toddler. I spell disaster ahead! You seem to be taking it all in your stride – I salute you! Margot x #PoCoLo

  2. Hahaha….mine poo irregularly. When they were purely breastfed they went about once every 4 or 5 days and that was fantastic, solids changed all that and like you there’s no rhyme or reason, no bellyache or anything but we never know what we’re going to end up with. Fortunately the youngest is now just 3 and pretty much all I have to deal with is the “Mummy, I’ve had a poo, you need to wipe my bum” – usually just as I’m answering the door…. :)

    • Only every 4 or 5 days! Wow. I’m constantly amazed at how different they all are. I wonder if grown-ups are as different in their toilet habits? Not something we often discuss….

  3. Brilliant! That made me laugh, but very unfortunate to have been ‘blessed’ with a child that pooed that often. Attachement parenting hadn’t beein ‘invented’ when I had my kids – 11, 9 and 7. Seriously, it hadn’t, so I never had this problem. I totally rejected Gina Ford’s brand of parenting terrorism though and let my kids just be. With pants on.

  4. I can so relate. Currently potty training the Little Man (eeeek) but hoping he’s nowhere near as bad as my 7 year old who is still ongoing in the poo training dept.
    #PoCoLo

  5. That made me giggle, haven’t thought about it like that. I have a ‘kind of’ Gina Ford 3 year old who yep, poohs every morning, same time and one of our NCT friends who used more of your method – yep – she’s having fun with poo too :) #PoCoLo

  6. Mmm what a lovely post LOL The joys of parenting hey! Our son is always very vocal when it comes to needing a poo and has no bother in letting everyone know where he is going and what he is up to!

  7. Lyn Newman

    Oh, that made me laugh. Sorry. I’ve been wiping poo off various surfaces for a week now because of the whole milk fiasco. Such a relief to read about someone else doing it too :-)

    • It’s horrendous, isn’t it! A few months (if you’re lucky) of poo taking over your life. I’ve only found the courage to be able to write about it recently….;-)

  8. Catherine Prescott

    That’s the wittiest exposition of poo I’ve ever read! And, to be fair the only one… but only because I’m in denial about having to start potty training. Is there a parenting school which says you don’t have to do it, ever? No, I guess not… :)

  9. Oh this had me rolling on the floor laughing! I am, like the previous poster, still in denial about potty training, but having gone slightly more Gina Fordy my son is, as you describe, a perfectly predictable poo-er. Also I just wanted to compliment you on your excellent taste in music – I don’t often meet another Pavement fan. A band that is too laid back to even sing in tune, what’s not to love?!?

  10. I’m afraid – like everyone else – I have been crying with laughter at this post. For some reason I just find poo and the problems it entails absolutely hilarious!! I do think it is so much easier with girls – and this seals my belief!! Thank you so much for kicking off the newbie showcase and for sharing and supporting PoCoLo – so pleased you are getting so much out of it xx

    • It’s a pleasure – thanks so much for showcasing my blog, and tweeting lots etc. And I’m glad to hear it’s easier with girls. Hopefully there won’t be so much drama when it’s time to do Gwen!

  11. What a great post and hello! We have a 2 year old who is insisting on stripping at every available opportunity. So far no action in the potty although she did pee on my lap next to the potty last night :)

  12. I’m not looking forward to this at all! Our little one has started to show an interest though so I fear our safe nappy days may be limited!! I found your blog through #PoCoLo xxxx

  13. Ah kids and poo! Once you become a parent poo becomes a big talking point doesn’t it!!! I too found your blog through #pocolo

  14. Oh, Nell… [dabs eyes] I shall run out of tissues… You have me either bubbling because of sentiment, or crying with laughter! And RHODODENDRON FERTILISER will never have the same meaning again…!

  15. Love this Nell! Poo is one of our biggest talking points for sure. Sometimes I am so engrossed in toilet habits I ask Daddy Pig if he needs to go. To make you feel better though I am a Gina mum and whilst we have never struggled with poos we do struggle with wees. ‘It’s ok, Mummy, it’s just a little bit in my pants. Don’t worry,’ says Beaver. But I do worry. She starts school in September and I don’t want her to be the girl who smells of wee. But I guess they all get there in the end eh?!

    • Yes….either that, or they all smell of wee! I think primary school teachers must be immune. And we even had 14 year-olds in our school who still wet themselves occasionally, so it sounds as though your daughter’s ahead of the game already!

  16. This post was making me laugh so much that my husband asked me to read it out loud (which I could barely do as I was laughing so much). Shouldn’t laugh really as am due to start the potty training asap with Toddler. He usually runs around then hides in a corner to do a poo in his nappy, so am not looking forward to him going sans-nappy!!

  17. Ha ha, very amusing! We are a Gina family and have the opposite problem from you – Elizabeth saves her poo up for once every 4-5 days… I’ve tried to get her into a daily routine but it just doesn’t work… so instead we spend around 45 mins on average sitting on the toilet every 4-5 days… never thought I’d be discussing poo so much as I do now I’m a mum!

    • I know, it’s something they don’t tell you about in NCT classes…how much space poo takes up in your head! Probably crowding out lots of other previously useful information (like how to talk like a normal grown-up, in my case!)

  18. I am a mother of 4 and honest diapers always worked for my kids. You just go with what works for your child. I also have noticed that they work differently for different ages as well. Good idea to try a few out before you buy the jumbo packs.

  19. Hi Nell ! It´s Marina from the morning yoga class. Just had a look at your blog and it is good to read :-) I enjoyed reading your potty training experience as I will soon start that journey with my toddler girl…! Have a lovely weekend and see you next Saturday!

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