We are wrapping up our potty training journey and I must say it feels so good! Our son will be 3 at the end of December and our house is officially diaper free. I am so thankful we had the time to make it a priority and not rush each step. I thought I would share some things I learned during this process and what worked for us. Of course, every child is different and responds differently to specific approaches. I truly believe you have to do what works best for your child and their personality, interests, and needs.
I chose to use undies right away with our son to eliminate an additional step. We started out with a little potty that sat on the floor, however looking back I wish I would have used the potty seat immediately since that is what he currently uses for everything. It was something we had to adjust to and was a battle for a few days. We started with peeing in the potty (and outside), wearing undies at nap, pooping in the potty, and finally wearing undies at night. For each “stage” we talked about it for a week or so before we actually practiced. Our son responds really well to things when he is mentally “prepped” and understands what is happening.
Below are some things I learned along the way. I would love to know your potty training take aways!
1.Expectations = Frustrations
As parents, we have so many ideas of how things are supposed to happen and the timeline we want them to. Placing specific expectations on your child can lead to a lot of frustration on your end and put too much pressure on them. Go into with with an open mindset and give you and your child grace along the way!
Have something special your child receives for using the potty. Not every child wants the same thing so think about what your child loves. We used M&Ms in the beginning for peeing on the potty and then a piece of dove chocolate for pooping on the potty. Also make sure to let them know when that reward is stopping!
3.Create “Potty Times” & Be Consistent
Continuously have your child try to use the potty in the beginning, until they understand how to ask you. Provide them a lot of opportunities for them to try! Consistency is KEY!
Each step is a huge deal for your child. Celebrate each success and milestone and let them know how proud you are.
5.Decide Your Method
If you are someone who wants to follow a specific approach, do your research and decide what you are doing and be consistent with it. Decide if you are doing rewards, a chart, or anything else to keep your child accountable. Once again, consistency is key!
Potty Seat: https://amzn.to/3cZ3aPO
Potty Bench: https://amzn.to/36oKKGQ (ours is from Pottery Barn but Amazon has them as well)