“Bowel training is the best!” said no Mom, ever. (No seriously who says bowel training?) Do you want to know what I really do love? Ok maybe not love but certainly don’t mind? Diapers. It’s true! Diapers are easy peasy compared to a toddler that constantly needs to be near a toilet. Car rides become a nightmare. And what is the difference between carrying around a bunch of diapers or multiple items of clothing for “just in case”? They both take up the same space in the diaper bag. Potty training stinks. (Commence puns.) When I was pregnant with my first baby my mother in law mentioned her babysitter potty trained her kids. At the time I thought, how sad she missed that milestone. Hellooooo naiveness. Now if only I could get my hands on that same babysitter from 1984…
I know not everyone feels this way. I’ve met women who pride themselves on potty training their 1 year olds. I personally prefer to keep my kids in diapers until they are so ready to be out of them it takes me no more than one weekend to do it. None of this lingering shit (pun.) Excuse my potty mouth. (pun.)
1. Wait until they are asking to use the potty.
2. Find a weekend you can be home 90% of the time. (Good luck with that!)
3. Have them walk around without pants 90% of the time.
4. Reward, reward, reward. Find something they love and give it to them every time they use the potty. They’ll be back for more…
In my experience there will always be accidents but those will start to trickle (pun) down. Of course every child is different. I think potty training guides in general are pretty funny. Man do we take poop seriously! Figure if by Kindergarten they are still in diapers…start to worry.
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Psst…Safety 1st makes the “Baby On Board” signs and I really think they should start making a “Potty Training Child On Board” one, right? Nothing makes you want to turbo boost over the slow car in front of you than a child telling you they have to go!