When you are potty training your first child, it is similar to being pregnant with your first.
You get all the books, you check out all the pins on Pinterest, you search Google like crazy.
You want all the good information you can get about how to Potty Train. You want to do it right, you want it to be easy and you want it to be quick. It would be REALLY nice if you could make it happen in one day (And there are plenty of resources that tell you how…or at least, try to).
I don’t have a plan to get it done in a day. I don’t have a process for you to follow. I don’t even have any unique ideas for rewards. I have something way better.
The Most Important Piece of Advice When Potty Training
Are you ready for this? It is life changing.
Don’t start too early.
Yep! That’s it. That is the most important piece of advice I can give you.
So goodbye, thanks for visiting, come back again soon.
Oh wait, you want more?
Okay, let me tell you my story. My little girl was 18 months. She was smart. She was giving me all the signs; talking about pee pee, being interested in ME going pee pee, telling me when she went, etc. I just KNEW she was ready.
I also had a two month old.
Which means my post baby brain might not have been completely functional.
I decided that the signs were right and it was time. I got a fancy potty, one that was just her size. I got rewards. I got timers. I was ready.
My plan was to let her roam around the kitchen without pants on. Then whenever she felt the need (or whenever the timer went off) she would sit on the potty and get a treat.
Did I mention that it was the coldest month of the year, here? Yeah, it was the middle of January!
Here’s the thing, Gracie was mentally ready to be potty trained. Her mind was understanding the process of going pee pee. When the timer went off, she knew where she was supposed to go. However, her BODY was not ready. She wasn’t yet to the place where her mind could connect to her body and say, “You feel that, it means that you should probably take a trip to the potty now.” No…she was in the place where her mind said to her body, “You feel that trickle down your leg? You hear that splashing on the floor? You just peed. And it wasn’t in the potty.”
So my biggest piece of advice is to wait. I really don’t mind changing diapers. I’m not sure why I was in such a big rush for her to learn.
Come back tomorrow and I will tell you how the SUCCESSFUL potty training experience went. (Here’s a hint…it was four months later!)
When did you start potty training your kids?
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