Okay, probably the number idk like fifth or six on the list of “I can’t wait moments” for parents is “I can’t wait for him/her to go potty” right? I mean we have, I can’t wait for her to laugh, I can’t wait for her first tooth, I can’t wait for her to eat, I can’t wait for her to crawl, I can’t wait for her to walk, and I can’t wait to stop changing diapers” . I was right…so yeah. I have to be honest I was not in a rush to potty train my daughter at all her dad was and he did. She was 2 years old and 7 months when we kinda cold turkey trained her and I say kinda because we woke up and decided OKAY it’s time, today is the day.
First of all before you decide to start potty training and for it to be effective and save you some angry moments and frustration…don’t rush it and make sure you know she’s ready for it. Some toddlers are ready before their 2nd birthday, some may not be ready until they start preschool. Some signs to look for 1. You notice you’re changing fewer diapers (you don’t buy the super big box anymore) 2. Hiding to pee or poo 3. Pulling at wet/soiled diaper 4. He understands bathroom lingo or copying your behavior 5. She Can follow simple directions 6. Says poopoo and peepee when she already went on her diaper.
Okay back to my story, Day 1…we woke up and decide to JUST do it, plain and simple we got her ready for the day and we didn’t put a diaper on, we told her say pee pee or poopoo if you want to go in the toilet, but of course we took her on bathroom trips throughout the day or whenever one of us used the bathroom. Successful day 1 maybe an accident…but we knew it was coming not a big deal just change her clothing and try again.
Day 2…same routine no diaper, constant bathroom breaks and letting her mimic our behavior. We had an accident or 2 maybe I can’t recall but she was doing it for the most part.
Day 3…same routine…but this time we took an outing. Let’s just say I wasn’t ready yet but I knew I had to take the chance and put her new big girl confidence moment to shine. So we did, I think for me I was lucky that my child found it fun and exciting to visit restrooms every time we went to a new store (something I wasn’t ready for yet also, wish someone had told me) I wanted to put those pull ups right back up so I could get shopping done as fast as possibly.
Now that she had got the idea and was excited to be without a diaper and excited to visit every public restroom, I knew I could trust her if I occasionally put a diaper on at night to save us the trouble of having a wet bed for the next week or so because she understood that she didn’t have to pee or poo in her diaper. So I did I put the pull ups at night for a week and on long trips. NOW! this might be a good idea for some kids and not a good idea for some…I wouldn’t recommend you do it unless your kid understands that she’s only allowed to pee on the toilet and it’s to prevent certain situations…because you don’t want to reverse all the hard work. Anyway, Eventually she was going to bed without a diaper and when we went out for long periods of time she wasn’t in need of wearing a diaper because she knew we go potty in the toilet.
…To be continued