It is early days for us, I know, but we have introduced a potty to our lives. I’ve read a couple of the ‘potty training’ books, and I must admit that strict schedules and constant hovering are not for us at this point. That said, things may change as we get to the real ‘potty learning’ stage.
In the mean time, we’ve just introduced the potty in our home.
This means that in the morning when I go to the loo, I take Ameli with me, take off her nappy and put her on the potty. I make a big show of taking off my own underwear, sitting down and showing great ‘relief’ as the water runs. It’s usually at this point where she lets go too. Of course lots of praise follows the fact that she made a wee wee in her potty. (And if she doesn’t, we just put her nappy back on and go on as normal.)
I saw the brand of potty we now use at an eco shop in my area just before Ameli was born, and decided that was what we would use. Becopotties are made using natural plant materials, which means that even though it will last for years in our home, it will begin to break down as soon as it is planted in the ground.
The idea with Becopotty is that you plant the no-longer-needed potty in your garden, pop seeds in the bowl and cover with ground. Over the next couple of years the potty will break down, nourishing the flowers you’ve planted, and create a beautiful memory of this major milestone in your child’s life without the additional landfill.
So, although we’re not following any potty training techniques just yet, we are using the Becopotty as and when. It is easy to use and Ameli sits quite comfortably on it, although I give her a little frog to play with when she is on the potty so that she doesn’t get distracted.
A favourite feature for me is the high back which means she won’t slip off the back, and the large splash guard in the front which means she can’t stick her hand in to feel the wee wee, although she certainly tries!
The only down side of this potty is that compared to the .99p potties that line the pavement outside budget stores down the road, this potty costs Â£8.00 from JoJo MaMan Bebe. Compared to other potties in their range, however, Â£8.00 is an absolute steal. At John Lewis they retail for Â£7.95 which is again considerably cheaper than others found in the store.
George from Becothings, the company behind the Becopotty has kindly offered one Diary of a First Child reader the chance to own a Becopotty by simply going to their website, then returning and leaving a comment here stating which colour potty you would prefer.
The competition runs until noon 23 August 2010, and the winner will be randomly drawn using Random.org
Please leave an email address/blog address/twitter name where I can contact the winner. If I am unable to make contact within one week I will select a new winner and the previously selected winner will have no recourse to the prize.
Prizes are sent out by sponsors directly. Please get in touch if you do not receive your prize within four weeks of the closing date
And the winner is:
Thank you to everyone who entered and to Becothings for sponsoring this fabulous prize.
Remember you can still buy from the retailers listed above, and Kiddicare currently has the PINK potty available for just Â£3.95