Potty training is insane.
Easton just got out of diapers and I’ll admit, getting to this point took a lot of time and work. While I understand that kids go when their ready, I felt like it was my fault for not pushing it more. Other people’s two year olds were fully potty trained while mine was still diaper-ed up at all times.
The thing was, a lot of these people were doing the hardcore “3 day, every 15 minutes” technique and that just wasn’t a realistic choice for us. We have a lot of things going on pretty much all the time (between school, work, etc) and couldn’t spend an entire weekend without leaving home- we’re just too busy right now. Plus, even when we tried it felt more like a chore for everyone than actually teaching Easton that he needs to go to the bathroom instead of in his diaper.
So I opted for something more doable- throwing on some undies with his favorite characters and seeing what happened. We took it one day at a time and went really slowly. And after a lot of patience, many potty accidents, and some tears, it worked. While it may not be everyone’s ideal it was right for our family and Easton has learned that when he needs to go to the bathroom he either has to go in the toilet or he’ll have wet underwear. And because he doesn’t like having wet underwear he wants to go to the bathroom.
While I’m sharing this with you let me tell you a few other things that have really helped us out in the potty training department:
A toddler sized potty is a must for potty training. While Easton now prefers to use the big potty, you’ve got to start small. You can use any little potty, but I like this one because you can use it 4 ways (including on the big potty!).
Potty training books can also be a great tool, whether they’re to inspire your child to go or for him/her to read while sitting there. And they’re going to be doing a lot of sitting there at first. Easton loved Potty Time with Elmo and Potty the best.
Finally, and I said this earlier, when you’re potty training you’ll need to make the switch from diapers to big boy underwear. This can be a huge incentive if you find the right ones. Easton loves his Paw Patrol briefs and Minion undies. He even gets upset if he goes potty in them, which helped with us teaching him to use the toilet. But be sure to buy a lot because you will go through them quickly. You may want to stock up on Pull-Ups too. They leave a more wet feeling than diapers and can be better if you need them for naps or at night.
I don’t think potty training should be stressful. If you’re making yourself crazy over it and it’s just not happening then it’s probably time to take a little break and re-evaluate. All kiddos are different and some really do just need more time while others. But it’s safe to say even late bloomers will decide they’re done wearing diapers at some point. So seriously mama, don’t sweat it. Whatever your situation, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. It’ll happen.
(Even if it feels like it never will)