I can tell you where I went wrong.
- I listened to what other people were telling me to do with my child.
- I pushed Princess into starting the process before she was fully ready.
- I turned it into a battle which gave her an opportunity to dig in her feet.
|Sleeping with "Brown Bear" from the Eric Carle book|
So when Little Man was a year old, and I heard the whole "my kids were potty trained by the time they were 12 months old" spiel again, I smiled and let it go in one ear and out the other. When he was 18 months old, and Hubby was concerned that I hadn't started potty training yet, I smiled and offered to let him take over the entire process. When Little Man was almost 2, and someone pointed out how much money I could save on diapers by potty training him, I smiled and happily added diapers to the shopping list.
When Little Man was 2 years and 3 months old, I decided to give it a try, mostly to prove to everyone else that he simply wasn't ready. I was right, so I put the training underwear away again for a while.
|Playing the guitar with Grandma|
Then, I had a baby in September and the idea of potty training a toddler while taking care of a newborn really didn't appeal to me so I put it off even longer. However, in late December, at the ripe old age of 2 years and 7 months, Little Man took the lead. Every time, someone in the house went to the bathroom, Little Man tagged along to sit on the potty chair and within a short time, he was able to go every time he sat. So, I unpacked the training underwear again and let him try them out. I kept pull-ups on hand for leaving the house, naps, and bedtime (something most potty training experts say is a big no-no) and let him wear "big boy" underwear while we were at home. It was rough for a few days with lots of accidents, but on day 4, it clicked and he started to take himself to the bathroom when he felt the urge. By 3 weeks, with very little effort on my part, he was potty trained, night and day. Pretty much painless and SOOOO much less stressful than potty training Princess.
I still put Little Man in pull-ups when we go out sometimes, but mostly because he had a setback when we were gone over the weekend last week and when he caught the flu. For all intents and purposes, Little Man is potty trained.
*Insert big sigh of relief here.*
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