This week has been trying, yet very exciting. We started potty training our (almost) 3 year old daughter on Tuesday. It was a decision made on a whim. We had tried potty training on prior numerous occasions, but it was always the wrong time. Family vacations, winter and birthdays always seemed to get in the way.
Summer is now here and life isn’t as hectic. Life in fact seems calmer. Bizarre… given that we’re moving in a couple of months. You’d think my head would be in a complete tizzy…
Bedtime lately has involved us reading a book to my daughter titled “I’m a Big Sister”. The book shares the joys of sisterhood. It really defines the inspirational role that a big sister takes on. I think this book is what really intrigued my daughter and impacted her decision to want to give potty training a try.
In the past 5 days, Cadence has only had 2 accidents. One of which happened during a thunderstorm. A crack of thunder startled her and BLAMO! pee on my kitchen floor. Poor babe! She was so upset.
Tonight we took her out for a celebratory dinner and followed up the meal by taking a drive out to our new build. Upon driving away from the house she announced she had to pee. Without even thinking we turned the car around and back into the new house we went with the potty in hand. We set up the potty in the “main floor bathroom”. Within minutes she was squealing in excitement. She had just made her first tinkle in the new house. I really should have taken a picture… of course that wasn’t on my mind at the time.
I’m really amazed at the progress we’ve made in the span of 5 days. This potty training business is easier than I ever anticipated.
I’m certainly no expert, but here are some tips I’ve learned along the way…
1. Be Patient. No child has ever gone away to college and not been potty trained. Don’t force the issue just because everyone you know around you with a child the same age as yours is potty trained. Your child WILL train when THEY are ready. Pressuring them is only going to cause setbacks.
2. Don’t Set Schedules. Whatever you do don’t schedule when your child has to pee. Let them discover it for themselves. On the first day of potty training we visited the potty every hour or so. We slowly moved away from this as each day passed. It’s important that your child learns to listen to their body to discover and understand when it’s time to go potty.
3. Accidents WILL happen. Your child will have accidents. Period.
4. Stock up on cleaners. See above.
5. DON’T Stress. Stress won’t help anyone. Potty training sure can be a frustrating time for Mom and Dad, but it’s an equally as (if not a more) trying time for your child. Be there for them. Reassure them. You’ll get through this together.
Are you a parent who has experienced potty training a child? What are some tips you’d share with parents who are about to start potty training?