One of the main reasons I started this blog was to create an online community with other moms to share tips and tricks of motherhood and pregnancy. My favorite comments are from friends that share a product or a tip that I’ve never heard of, that ends up being awesome! There are endless options out there for just about everything and it’s so nice to hear from freinds that are in the same phase of life as as you about what they love and what is making their lives easier. So today I’m sharing our potty training experience with the hope that it will make it easier for someone out there who might be thinking about potty training soon.
We officially started potty training Grace almost two weeks ago after reading Oh Crap! Potty Traning, which was recommended to me by another nurse practitioner, and mama to little ones (thank you Erin!). I highly recommend reading this book, or any book of your choice, that provides you with a game plan. Make sure to read it at least a week or two ahead of time before you actually start.
The most helpful things I took away from reading Oh Crap! Potty Training were:
- pick and set a date to start potty training and say goodbye to diapers
- clear your calendar and make sure to do it when you have the most support available, either when your partner is available or whoever has been your biggest helper/supporter in caring for your little one is available
- accept the fact that you will likely not leave the house for a few days – this was a really hard one for me!
- comitt to it! whatever you do, don’t give up after two days!
- don’t bring the potty out ahead of time – only bring it out when you are actually ready to start teaching your little one how to use it
The book breaks the whole process down into three blocks, each of which may take anywhere from one day to a few days to complete.
- Block 1 – your child is completely naked all day until he or she can consistently go to the potty with minimal accidents
- Block 2 – child wears clothes without underwear
- Block 3 – child wears clothes and underwear and goes out on small outings
Day 1 & 2: She was completely naked on day 1 and 2 (block 1). Day 2 is definitely the hardest day and I could see how you could easily want to throw in the towel, but don’t give up!!
Day 3: we started to put either a t-shirt or a dress on her without underwear (block 2).
Day 4: Grace, who is 26 months, was regularly letting us know when she needed to use the potty and only having one, or no accidents at all.
Day 6: We started putting her in actual underwear (block 3).
Day 7: we started doing outings other than just back and forth to my Mom’s house and walks around the neighborhood and on day 8 we went to Costco and had our first successful encounter with a public restroom.
Days 8-14: she is letting us know when she needs to go, and is exclusively using the “big potty” or the regular toilet at home and is able to use public restrooms when we are out and about. Public restrooms were one of my biggest fears about potty training but they’re actually not too terrible. I hold Grace in a seated position over the toilet or I line the seat with at least 3 covers, and it all works out. I also say to her “don’t touch anything,” at least ten times before it’s all over. I also keep a small potty in the back of my car in case of emergencies although we haven’t run into that situation yet.
- Washing our hands afterwards can sometimes be a struggle because she wants to get back to playing right away so my parents actually started singing “this is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands, wash our hands..” with her and that has helped with that battle a little bit because she loves singing songs.
- She also is still wearing diapers at naptime and bedtime because we decided to tackle that later.
- Lastly, the book didn’t recommend stickers or a reward system but we used a sticker chart for the first 4 days, which she enjoyed.
Undies and clothing:
Good luck to all you mamas out there! You can do it!!