I do not like potty training. At. All. But it has to be done. I have often heard that you have to go when the child is ready but I think it is equally as important that the trainer is also ready. Potty training a toddler is not for the faint of heart. My almost two year old has been showing signs that she was ready, but I was not…until yesterday. I was talking on the phone to a good friend and she encouraged me to not ignore the signs and miss this “great” opportunity to get number 6 out of diapers. I had to get my head in the game. So off to Walmart I went with all six kiddos in tow. I was tickled by how excited the siblings were at the idea of getting Faith potty trained. We picked out a potty and she was beyond thrilled. She screamed if anyone touched her potty. It had to be in the front of the cart with her. So one would think that she would immediately sit on it when we got home…not so. She screamed and refused to sit on the potty last night. I backed off and decided to give it a try again today. I was pleasantly surprised at how she “Embraced” this new adventure. I think it may have had something to do with the fact that she did not have 7 people standing there cheering her on to go potty…yeah I suppose that was not a good introduction. Today most of the crowd was at school so I think she was a little more relaxed. I have used different methods of potty training but the one that I am choosing to go with has proven to be the quickest and most effective. It is tiring and flat out gross but totally worth it. So what am I doing?
- Clear out my schedule and stay at home MOST of the time for the next three days. Consider this potty training BOOTCAMP.
- Get rid of the diaper in the day and put on big girl underpants. No pull ups? Yes, no pull ups, it really makes a difference in the long run.
- For most of the day she is in her underwear and a T-shirt (diaper only at naptime and when she goes to sleep for the night).
- Set the timer and every 30 minutes we take a field trip to the potty.
- We have toys and books to entertain when we are on the potty. Believe me when I say the distractions help. I like to have Legos on hand because the putting together and pulling apart takes a lot of time and is a great distraction.
- It can be difficult for a child to get used to the idea of sitting and waiting. I do not have her stay on the potty for too long, the point is not to torture her. When she begins to fuss, I let her get up.
This method was not my original idea. You can read here and here for more details. Most promise that if you use this method you can have your child potty trained in 3 days… consistency being key. I used this method with child number 5 and he was potty trained in a week and a half…not a bad deal. This is not to say that we did not have accidents after the initial training.
The first day is the MOST DIFFICULT. Be prepared to clean up messes and your patience to be tested in new ways. But hang in there, it will click for your child if you remain consistent. What is your favorite potty training method?