We survived our second round of potty training! Potty training can be exhausting and, as a parent now having trained two VERY different children, I’ve gathered together the things that worked for us as well a few words of wisdom.
I think the most daunting part of potty training is when to begin. We potty trained our daughter right after her second birthday. She was ready to be out of diapers and was eager to learn. Our son wasn’t potty trained until a couple of months before his third birthday. He was really hesitant to try sitting on any potty seat and is also very set in his ways/routine so we held off for a little. We talked about it A LOT! We would simply mention that very soon he was going to be a big boy. He was going to be attending pre-school so we used that as the rule. When you go to school you need to use the potty.
The best tool we had was the book Oh Crap! Potty Training (linked below). It was straightforward and got right down to business. We read it before training our daughter and used the method of simply taking away diapers for good. No pull-ups, either, except for naps and sleeping at night. This worked wonders with both of our children. We talked to both of them a lot before doing this and told them what was going to happen. It helped that both of our kids were very verbal at a young age so they were able to communicate any worries or feelings that they had about it.
The first few days are hard but here are some pointers. On day one wake up excited about learning to go potty and give your child LOTS of water/juice/beverages so that they can practice. Stay home for a few days and if you can potty train in the summer – even better. With my son we mostly just played outside with the potty seat close by. That way accidents truly weren’t a big deal from a cleaning perspective. Less pressure on the kiddos to make it to the potty. Speaking of pressure, TRY really hard not to over-ask your child if they have to go potty. We made this mistake with my daughter on the second day and she was not having it. As soon as we backed off and just let her do her thing and tell us when she had to go, she was fine and happy.
Use small rewards. My daughter wanted lollipops, my son wanted m&ms. You could offer stickers. Whatever gives them a little incentive to get the job done. We just slowly weaned them off the treats as they got the hang of it. They each got to pick out their own undies and we read ALL the books, which they loved. We still leave a pile of books by each toilet in our house and they’ll “read” as they go.
Lastly, cut yourself some slack. The timing of when your child is potty trained is NOT a reflection of how good of a parent you are. Every child is truly unique and they will eventually get it. If your child is super resistant back off, let them forget about it then try talking about it again. I have friends who have potty trained their kids at ALL different ages. One rule that we did follow, however was not to put a potty seat out until you’re ready to start training. A lot of parents will put the seat out so the kids can get used to it. There is a section in the book that talks about why not to do this and we followed that rule. Now, onto the goods.
Here are some of the things we got to help with potty training. We got the potty seats when we trained my daughter and pulled them back out when we trained my son. If you’re local to us and want to borrow our copy of Oh Crap! Potty Training please don’t hesitate to reach out!
- Oh Crap! Potty Training Book
- Potty seat to go on top of our toilets – we tried a few and this one doesn’t slide at all, which we like. Some kids prefer a seat with handles to hold on to.
- Pampers Easy Ups – we used these for naps and at night with great success. When they consistently go with no accidents overnight or during the nap you can simply take them away and switch to undies full time.
- This potty seat is great. Easy to clean, comfortable for the kids and fits in the back of the car as well! I also love all the color options and that it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.
- We LOVE the Carter’s underwear and got them for our daughter and then our son. They fit SO much better than any of the other brands we’ve tried and there are lots of cute options/prints. My son like both the briefs and the boxers.
- This potty seat is great to keep in the car or your diaper bag when you’re on the go. It makes for super easy cleanup because you can put a plastic bag right in the center for them to go in. It is also great for the beach – just dig a little hole, hold up a towel and plop them down to go.
- Thieves hand sanitizer, spray and wipes!!! I can’t say enough about these. Especially when you’re using public restrooms. Kids touch everything and the Thieves line of products will protect against the nasty, gross things in bathrooms that I don’t even want to think about. Message me to learn how to become a Young Living member and get a package of Thieves wipes FREE with the purchase of a Premium Starter Kit. Simply mention this post in your message and I’ll get you hooked up!
- Ok now THIS pee cup we’ve only used with my son. There is a girls version but we haven’t tried it so I can’t speak for it. But, it fits right in my diaper bag and is leak proof so if it falls over and there is pee inside it won’t spill out. This silly little cup has saved us on so many occasions. You can read all the reviews on Amazon as well.
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