My Father-in-Law (FIL) came up with a stonking [American translation: fantastic or brilliant. — Ed.] solution to encourage use of the potty in my two year-old daughter.
He made fake poo by mixing a digestive biscuit with a little black tea, discreetly placed it & then sat her favourite dolly on the potty. After dinner, my daughter was then encouraged to find dolly & she was very excited to see that dolly was using the potty & started to praise her dolly as we praise her. That afternoon she started using the potty properly & has continued to do so ever since, with the odd accident.
We continue to make fake poo & place it with dolly on the potty & she continues to use the potty.
Stonking is right, Simon. I’m dying for a photo.
If anyone’s wondering what a digestive biscuit is, it’s a plain tea cookie. Popular brands include Marie and (if your store stocks British foods) McVitie’s. I bet a soda cracker or a graham cracker would work just as well in this case.