Welcome to part two of Our Potty Training Journey!
After reading Our Potty Training Journey: Part 1, you should know by now that your child is ready to start learning to use the potty!
If you haven’t figured that out yet, go check out Part 1…it’s ok, I’ll wait!
Remember, figuring out if your child is ready to being potty training is crucial if you’re going to make this work!
So here’s where things get complicated, where everyone and their cousin want to throw you off your game by telling you 95 different ways you should be potty training your child, and the million things you’re already doing wrong!
Step 1…Don’t Listen To Them!
Tune them out, don’t leave the house, do whatever you have to do to get away from it, cause they’re ALL WRONG! Yup, I said it, you can tell them that too!
There is no sure way to potty train a toddler.
Let me say that again in big letters so it sinks in…There is no sure way to potty train a toddler!
What works for one might be a total nightmare for another. Every child is different, so be prepared for those differences to come out front and center of this whole production!
Don’t set your mind on something working 100%, or you might miss signs from your child that it’s really not.
Stay positive, stick with it, but be willing to start from scratch if you need to.
We had to start from scratch a couple of times. But we got there in the end!
Our First Day of Potty Training…
Maddie knew waking up that morning that it was “Potty Day” and it was going to be big and special and wonderful and all kinds of warm and fuzzy things…she really had no idea what was going on, but I was excited, so she was too!
When she woke up, we went right into the living room where the potty had been moved, and sat her down with her pants down.
We explained that it was ok if she had to go pee-pee, that’s what it was for, and that is was a special day so she got special treats.
No word of a lie, this child was in heaven, for awhile anyway! We had chips, candies, and LOTS of juice! I was practically pouring it down her throat, but she didn’t mind!
And all she had to do to keep the goods coming…stay on the potty until she peed!
While in theory this made sense to us, with all the special treats to make it “fun” while keeping her on the potty until she’d used it, it clearly wasn’t sustainable!
This worked for about a week, and every time she started showing signs of needing to pee we’d run her to the potty, hand her books and juice and keep her there until she peed. But the novelties lost their appeal pretty quickly, and all she knew was she was 2, and she wanted to PLAY!
I have to say, day 6 of trying to keep her sitting for long periods of time was the earth shattering day that my 2-year old daughter looked me right in the eyes and said “I don’t like you”…this was not working!
I’ll be honest, I always thought I’d be ok, and knew there would be a time that she would say it, but I didn’t think it would be so soon, and it crushed me!
We took a break from the potty for about a week after that while we regrouped to figure out our next steps, but didn’t let the potty fall off the radar!
If there is one thing that I can suggest to every parent who’s potty training, sit down, and watch “When You’ve Got To Go” from The Bear In The Big Blue House!
I kid you not, this is the best way to explain the potty, accidents, growing up, and even remembering to flush! It’s fun, informative, and you can find it on YouTube free to watch again and again!
Maddie had never seen that show before, but it got her excited about the potty again, and ready for round 2!
Stay tuned for Part 3 of “Our Potty Training Journey” (the end of our journey I promise!) where we buckle down for a naked weekend!
Have you tried any potty training methods that worked for others, but completely failed with your child? Share below!
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