I write this post with curled toes and fresh gray hairs. Sure, I may have aged 10-years in the last week, but, I feel I can safety say….
My child knows how to do her business on the potty!
There’s no way to express how awesome it is to not worry about changing the countless diapers (except for in the morning or after “nap-time”), or how fantastic it is going to the grocery store without worrying about someone having to call in your child’s mess on aisle five. OR, having to hose down, and leave in the sun, the car seat for the fifth time…
There’s no quick fix for potty training or perfect determination for “the time” for it to happen. Keeping up with clues from your tot helps, but also blocking off a chunk of time to dedicate to the whole process rocks everyone’s world.
I started out by picking a long weekend to the whole no diapers thing, but realized it needed much more attention than that. Like a whole week worth’s of attention.
So I made the decision and picked a week where the tot and I could spend some quality potty time together and figure things out. We started out by ditching the diaper the minute the tot woke up and then heading to the potty every 20-minutes during the day for about two days.
Yeah, sure, that’s a lot of work, but this is what saved my nice living room carpet and couch from smelling like tot-potty-training-pee.
During our pre-potting training, we took short walks around the neighborhood, explored the yard, and even took a couple of short car rides (some with horrid results). But, in time, before I knew it, the tot was yelling out, “I need a sitta the potty,” and my heart skipped a couple of beats.
For the next few days we took things to the next level by not going together to the potty every 20-minutes and seeing if she could be the one to figure things out. We had a few minor accidents, mostly while she was running to the bathroom.
And then, the biggie. Yup, she mastered number 2.
There’s nothing better than your child strutting to the bathroom and knowing there’s not going to be a huge mess as a result.
Well, not every time.
I’ve even left her favorite book next to the potty for those times she needs to sit a bit.
Sure, we’ve had our bits-o-drama, but, for the most part, going free-of-the-diaper worked best or us. This technique doesn’t always work for all kiddies, but it really was the best way to go for us. There was lots of time spent in the bathroom – and it really took the whole week. But, I can honestly say my tot is potty trained.
And that’s all kinds of awesomeness.