How to toilet train with cereal: Guest Post

Toilet training with cereal? Yep, you read that right! Kelly from Yes Peas Mumma came across this toilet training method via wikiHow when she was toilet training her son. Hilarious! This post first appeared on Yes Peas Mumma and has been republished with permission.


Okay, so we are at that stage in our lives where we are going through toilet training. Well, this stage has been going for the last few months, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

By we, I mean my nearly three year old. By training, I mean a constant chorus of my voice never swaying from the words….”Do you need to go to the toilet? Do you need to do wees? Are you dry? Make sure you tell me if you need to go”.

Shit. Shit. Shit. Sometimes literally. But mostly, I am quite sick of my voice. I’ve forgotten how to make real conversation. I am repeating those phrases to my son so much, that I can’t remember how to say good thanks or hello to the local checkout lady when she asks how my day is. I just stare blankly at her and have to stop the urge to ask her if she needs to relieve herself.

I must admit my boy has been amazing throughout his lavatory schooling. Yes, he has accidents which have made me gag into our garden. But he has also come through with flying colours too.

As most parents, I have done a bit of research to make this task a little easier for all of us. My first thought, because I have a son, was……

Does he sit down to wee? Or does he stand up like a proper boy?

At the start, I thought it was safer for him to sit down. Safer for me, the walls, toilet window, and ceiling light anyway. As we all know, males can be a bit shit with their aim into a big white ceramic bowl – no matter if they are three or eighty three years old.

But I needed a few tips on the process of schooling a boy in this area, so of course I went to Google and found some instructions from wikiHow. They have included the below diagrams for easy explanation too.

Of course, I had to put my own thoughts and smartarse comments underneath.

STEP 1. Dress your 1-2 year old son in a long shirt that covers to his thighs.This way air will circulate to allow him to feel his private parts. It also stimulates him to want to urinate.

Dress him up in his Dad's best shirt. Maybe this will trick him into being a grown up, therefore toilet etiquette will excel.
Dress him up in his Dad’s best shirt. Maybe this will trick him into being a grown up, therefore toilet etiquette will excel. Or Dad will just get pissed. Either or.

Okaaaay? I don’t know if my husband will be cool with getting his best shirts drenched in his own sons urine. Oh what the hey! It’s all for a good cause. Sorry Matt. You will have to start wearing Reeve’s clothes now. We are doing swapsies because of the whole toilet training thing. I know it sounds backwards, but you can’t argue with wikiHow or Google. Deal with it dude.

STEP 2. Place a bucket or potty half filled with water on the floor in the bathroom; this way it will be easier to make the transition to the actual toilet.

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Water makes water flow. Even just looking at it in a bucket. Apparently.

WikiHow doesn’t realise that I can be a tad clumsy. So clumsy that my best friend calls me the blondest brunette she has ever known. So clumsy that this bucket of water will appear in front of my path, no matter where I go. Therefore, this bucket of water will end up knocked over constantly, and result in me launching this toilet training tool into the neighbours yard.

No wikiHow. I will miss this step thanks.

STEP 3. Have an older male sibling, cousin, or friend’s son age 4-7 accompany your toddler in the bathroom. Have the older boy throw some dry cereal that floats (3 or 4 pieces)into the water and demonstrate urinating to sink the cereal. Don’t stay in the bathroom – but allow this to be a boy thing.

I see Dad's best shirt has gone. Probably so badly ruined from the kids wee, they had to chuck it.
I see Dad’s best shirt has gone. Probably so badly ruined from the kids wee, they had to chuck it.

You have to be shitting me wikiHow?! I’m sorry, but I won’t be texting my girlfriend to say……

“Hey girlfriend! How’s things? Soooo, just wanting to borrow your young fella for the morning so he can throw Cheerios into the toilet with my son? Maybe he can also stay for morning tea so he can chuck some banana muffins and watermelon in there too? Let me know if this suits? See ya chick. xo”

I will lose a friend if I had to do this.

And you make me smile real bad when you state – Don’t stay in the bathroom – but allow this to be a boy thing. You do know Mothers don’t enjoy cleaning all day, every day? Especially piss, poo and cereal off floors and walls. You have to be off your head if you think we will ‘leave the bathroom with two small children alone to wreck havoc’. Completely off your heads.

STEP 4. When they come out of the bathroom – immediately accompany your son in the bathroom and dump the bucket water in the toilet and flush it. Allow your toddler to watch the cereal to go down.
The bucket of water is back. Sorry, I already threw mine across the road.
The bucket of water is back. Sorry, I already threw mine across the road.

See, I think after your last diagram the cereal would some how have disappeared already. Either; already flushed by the two out-of-control boys; picked out of the bowl and eaten; or grabbed out of bowl and smeared across the walls.

STEP 5. Now refill the bucket half full of water and throw some cereal in. Lift your son’s shirt and tell him to dunk the cereal. He will probably get it right away and giggle in delight as he dunks the cereal.

I think I am going to be running out of cereal A LOT, from now on.
I think I am going to be running out of cereal A LOT, from now on.

Are all your problems solved by cereal, wikiHow? I may just have to buy shares in Fruit Loops and Cheerios so I can afford to teach my son how to go to the toilet! What with all the cereal wastage and everything! What if I run out of Cheerios? Can I use Weetbix? What about Cornflakes? Can you guarantee all this swelled up cereal experiment is not going to clog my toilet?? CAN YOU???

And dunking? I think we are getting a bit off track here. I thought we were teaching boys how to urinate. Into a toilet. So they can get out of nappies and grow into little boys. This step sounds more like Dunking for Apples. This step sounds very gross, wikiHow.

STEP 6. Assist him in dumping the bucket into the toilet and again allow him to watch it go down as the toilet flushes. This is very interesting to a small toddler.

Small boy looks like he is going for it Mum! Small boy also looks like he is going to miss toilet completely Mum!
Small boy looks like he is going for it Mum! Small boy also looks like he is going to miss toilet completely Mum!

Look. Wouldn’t it just be easier if you got the kid to just actually do his stuff in the actual toilet? Instead of piss farting around with buckets of water and cereal? This sounds all very confusing.

Kids won’t know whether to eat their cereal or piss on it. When I am out for breakfast and notice that kids are starting to drop their daks at the table over a bowl of cereal, I will know that they have been taught wikiHow’s ‘Instructions on how to toilet train boys.’

STEP 7. Always keep the bucket filled halfway with water and 1/2 cup cereal in the medicine cabinet.

Crap knows what this. Swollen cereal in bucket of water they have forgotten about???
Crap knows what this. Swollen cereal in bucket of water they have forgotten about???

Always, always keep ½ cup of cereal in medicine cabinet. You never know when you may need some cereal in an emergency.

Grazed your knee? Don’t worry, I’ll grab the cereal.

Got concussion? Be calm, I have cereal.

Heartache? Get some cereal into you.

STEP 8. Allow your son to go bare bottomed with a long shirt for a couple of hours each day. Accompany him into the bathroom every half hour to see if he needs to use the bathroom. Every time he does it – which he will most likely be delighted to do, reward him by letting him watch it be flushed down the toilet.

If you get bored with the whole toilet training thing, just put some red lippy on your kid. That is sure to brighten things up.
Nearly done kid. You haven’t advanced to toilet yet, but you will know how to empty buckets of water with cereal in them.

Reward him by letting him WATCH the toilet be flushed. You have not advanced to flushing toilet yourself, child. That will be in seven years, when we allow you to actually touch that button. Be patient.

This poor kid looks confused. He doesn’t know whether to take a piss or eat some Weeties.

STEP 9. After an accident, give him something to drink so that you’ll have an opportunity to watch him before he has to use it again. If you notice him touching himself – take him to the potty. Say, “Do you have to use the potty?” Then if he sinks the cereal say,”You remember where your supposed to go potty!”

I don't blame the kid for being thirsty. He's been carting buckets around and throwing copious amounts of cereal.
I don’t blame the kid for being thirsty. He’s been carting buckets around and throwing copious amounts of cereal.

You lost me at ‘sinks the cereal’. I don’t think I will take these Handy Tips on, thanks. They are a bit shit. No offence. I just would rather my kid learn to go to the toilet properly, instead of side-stepping around it with weird crap.

STEP 10. Always allow it to be a positive experience for him and soon he will look forward to his bottomless time that he gets to use the potty.

I would be suprised that this kid would even know what he is sitting on.
I would be surprised that this kid would even know what he is sitting on.

Hooray! He got there. He looks ten years older, but he finally got there. I bet you this poor child has complexes about cereal from now on.

You make me laugh wikiHow. So much.

My kid is excelling in toilet training thanks. And I didn’t even have to use anything from the pantry. I know your tips may work for some parents, but I think I may just stick with the simple facts – piss and poo in the toilet. The end.

Did you find toilet training your kids difficult?
Did you use any condiments or cereal to help with the schooling?

Love (as Reeve says),
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xxoo

p.s. Whenever I need a good belly laugh, I am just going to search for something on wikiHow. They are a good cure for sadness, or just being in a foul mood. Try it for yourself. Just search for something random. They give hilarious tips for anything.

All about Kelly from Yes Peas Mumma

Kelly Yes Peas MummaYes, yes…. I am just another one of those bloody annoying parent bloggers. Apparently there are millions of us, but now there are millions plus one…..me! But listen, I am not here to tell you how to organise your house while juggling kids at home, cooking and keeping the hubby happy… No, no… I am here to bitch, whinge and complain, plus laugh and love about all the stories that happen in my house and daily life. If I can’t write it down and get it off my chest, then I may develop some sort of weird personality disorder…and we definitely don’t want that.

So my name is Kelly and I am a stay at home Mum that has an incredible looking toddler (yes I know everyone says that about their kids, but I actually do), and my everyday life consists of side splitting laughter; out of control crying; and a constant sore throat from all the yelling, sobbing and laughing I do with him.

My ‘bubba’ is Reeve and is just over 2 years old. I have an awesome husband who is amazing and I love him to bits! We all have some interesting stories to tell, but I will be putting it down in my own words (so there may be some exaggeration to it all).

I wanted to share some funny stuff from my everyday life..and hope that there a few Mummas out there that can relate and have a good laugh to make that shitty day you are having just a bit better!

Love,
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p.s. I do swear and write how I talk, so be warned.

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