Now the nappies have been largely consigned to history we are clocking up plenty of potty time miles with Iz flinging off her leggings or trousers, like Popeye when he’s just swallowed a can of spinach, at increasingly regular intervals. So much so that I’ve lost count.
She’s pretty adept at yanking her own trousers down and taking advantage of sitting on one of the couple of potties we have around and she even parked her bum on the grown-up toilet on one occasion completely unaided. I don’t think I’ll be leaving any of my baseball caps laying round the floor though, just in case.
Much like the race to the moon it’s not been completely without mishap – less costly in human life and moneywise naturally – with the odd accident on the carpet and being caught out. We’ve even had a poo in the shower, which was lovely as it mixed with the heat and warmth of the shower, mmmm.
The funniest thing was that Iz did it on the shower mat which has fish on it. She exclaimed “I’ve pooed on the fishes!” Now, each time she steps into the shower or bath she says that she isn’t going to poo on the fishes and as of the time of writing she has been faithful to that promise.
We’ve also got a cool portable potty called a My Carry Potty that goes with us whenever we are out and about. It’s like an infant gadget from Q-branch, looks like a case but quickly transforms into a fully operational potty – For Your Bum Only.
Iz also loves using her toilet wipes, fruity fragranced no less, which are like a halfway house between wet wipes and loo roll. We like them as they are flushable so can be poured away with the potty contents.
As the main team in the bum disposal unit Sarah and I have found that the My Carry Potty is simple but perfect, it’s the world’s only leakproof potty so its contents can sit happily inside until it’s convenient to get rid of it. You could say we’ve been blown away with its extra deep bowl that is easy to clean and has fast become essential in our potty training campaign. What’s more it’s light and has a carry handle that Iz is quite happy to lug around.
Unsurprisingly it has won a string of awards from Practical parenting & pregnancy to loved by parents.com, both in the best travel invention categories. Having only used it, metaphorically speaking, for a couple of weeks I’d highly recommend it as an essential addition to the toddler arsenal and is fast becoming one of the best purchases we’ve made since Iz was born.
Iz may still having a ticking time bum but there now has to be no mad dash across town, Bruce Willis Die Hard With A Vengeance style, to stop a ‘dirty bomb’. Sure, there will still be hits and misses but, with its secure locking mechanism, we’ve come to regard the My Carry Potty as the It Doesn’t Have to Hurt Locker.