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Talking About Clean Bottoms With Andrex®

There is something about toilet training that really lowers the tone in your household. I mean, the main topic of conversation in our house over the last fortnight has been poo. For real. We talk about it, we worry about it – we celebrate it even. Guests show up, enthusiastically inquiring after the current wee to poo ratio. I receive text messages at work, advising me on the daily success tally.

There was a time, I can just about remember it… when I didn’t come home from work and nervously greet my husband with the question

“Did we poo today?”

That time when I didn’t discuss bowel movements with my Mother In Law.

When my son didn’t stand at the front door and proudly declare to the Sainsburys delivery driver, with his arms stetched wide:

 “SCUSE ME MAN – I did a HUGE POO POO in my potty!”

Ahh those were the days…

But to be fair, I don’t want to do him (or ourselves) any injustice – he’s been brilliant and taken to toilet training like a Boss.

I’ve had only one single poop your pants incident and that’s been it! There has been a lot of proof in my pudding with regards to the article I wrote, the one about waiting and being certain that your child is ready.

Alongside the toilet training we are also trying to educate him more about being clean, he’s a wilding this boy and thinks nothing of mud and dirt and snot. They say you don’t need to bath your child every day, they are wrong. They are very wrong. He has one most nights. Sometimes even during the day.

The toilet training has coincided nicely with starting preschool this month, where they start putting a greater emphasis on being a bit more independent and preparing them for school next year. This is quite topical at the moment and is something that Andrex® are discussing with their new Clean Routine idea. They recently discovered that 63% of parents don’t feel their children are ready to go to the toilet on their own when they start school. In essence the Clean Routine is all about teaching children how to wipe their bottoms properly – you know from front to back and making sure they wash their hands.


Luckily my son is quite keen on this idea as he still hasn’t shaken off his obsession with unrolling loo paper (what is the deal with that?) He also likes to do things himself and tells me often, whilst rolling his eyes

“I can do it, MUMMY!” 

So, we’ve been talking to him a bit more about germs and how they spread and how they could make you unwell.

The idea behind the Clean Routine is five simple steps to finish clean and confident. Learning the steps, using enough paper and washing your hands is then something he can take through with him to preschool and in the future, be self assured enough to go to the toilet on his own and not require any assistance.

Win-win for everyone involved if you ask me!

You can find out more and download a Clean Routine Star Chart from their website, which would run nicely alongside a typical potty training chart. In our house the more stars/praise given has definitely equaled the more success!

Next up is night time training, I’ll keep you posted. I’m yet to buy water proof sheets, maybe on purpose, just putting that off for a bit…


*This is a paid advertorial by Andrex®, but as usual these are my real opinions and experiences*

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  1. Haha brilliant – well we’ve spent the last 17 months talking about poos every day so I can only imagine this will heighten when we reach potty training age! It’s so true that hygiene is a non negotiable and good to teach them that early on..thanks for hosting #stayclassymama x

  2. Glad its going well. My daughter has recently decided that she wants to be toilet trained and so lucky me gets to do it all agin. Unfortunately I don’t think it will be as easy as last time… #stayclassy

  3. Unfortunately boys’ interest with bottoms never goes away.

  4. I’m just starting to introduce the potty to my 2 year old daughter as she’s obsessed with poo at the moment and isn’t far off wanting to be potty trained I think. She often goes off into a quiet corner for her poop (too much info? hey you started it lady… LOL). Anyway, the other day she had taken her nappy off and then looked worried and shouted POO. I showed her the potty and…she only bloody went and did one! I was so excited! Maybe this is the start of it for us too now. The only thing that puts me off is the fact that she wants to wash her hands for, well, probably quite happily half an hour. Good that Andrex is focusing on this all important hygiene aspect of potty training. #stayclassymama

  5. *high five for poos in the potty* – this is the stage we are at. its taking my daughter an age to get it god love her. #stayclassymama

  6. alisonlonghurst says:

    Well done for sticking to your guns and doing it all in his own time. You can feel just a little bit smug now 🙂 Alison x #stayclassymama

  7. Yikes, potty training boys is tough! I have three sons and those days of endlessly discussing what happened in the toilet are thankfully long gone. Good luck to you! #StayClassyMama

  8. shinnersandthebrood says:

    We are now embarking upon that ‘independent’ stage of toilet going, the ‘I’ll do it myself’ phase’. She has just started preschool, Doesn’t always end well but along with all the other rites of passage, it must be endured, eh? We’ll struggle on… 🙂

  9. I’d love to not have to buy nappies anymore, but I’m SO not looking forward to having to talk about wiping bums. #stayclassymama

  10. Sounds great, and so important that they know about toilet hygiene to stop the spread of nasty germs! It’s also super important to wait until they are ready before toilet training. All of mine have done it in their own time, some sooner than others, and just taken off their nappy one day and that was it. No training whatsoever, I’ve actually been really lucky! #stayclassymama

  11. Oh yes, I never thought I would get so excited to be told when someone has actually managed to poo in the toilet but I do, how my life has changed. We went through an awful stage of when ever youngest saw a slide she would get so excited that she would poo in her pants! Sometimes we didn’t realise until she had gone down the slide! Fun times 🙂 #StayClassyMama

  12. Ive become so inured to poo and pee, between the kids and the puppy, it’s still a hot topic. Hey, who doesn’t like or enjoy a good poo? Let’s be real! But, the clean butt of a child is a baffling one…at what age do they just get it, and I am certain that colors panties, boxers and briefs are part of Victorias Secret. Thanks for the wipes review. We may just check that out! #StayClassyMama

  13. I’m really laughing at your “That time when I didn’t discuss bowel movements with my Mother In Law” because this is something I think about all the time!
    Deffo a great idea though. Enjoyed this post – love the way you write. #stayclassy

  14. This sounds like a great idea. My eldest has been using the toilet by himself for a while now but I still need to wipe for him. It can be frustrating for everyone! #stayclassymama

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