Potty training is one of those things that all parents talk about. When should we start? Is he ready? How should we do it? When is the right time? Which is the best way? The questions are endless and I am no different. I don’t know the correct answers to any of the questions but I’ve just decided to go ahead and try it out.
My youngest is just over 28 months. She stays dry for more than a few hours at a time. She tells me when she has to poo. She actually asks me if it’s okay if she does it in her diaper. She’s excited about the Superman and princess underwear that are sitting in her drawer. Those are some of the signs that she is possibly ready. So I’ve decided to try out a 3-day (or one week) potty training method. I don’t want to drag it out if possible. With my son, it took a LONG time so I want to try something different this time. If it doesn’t work, that’s okay, but at least I know I tried.
For the last week, I’ve been prepping Kyah, telling her that in 7 days (and so forth) we are going to be potty training and she’s going to be a big girl who wears underwear. We talked about getting rid of her diapers and she picked one of her favourite baby’s, Naila, to give her diapers too. We talked about what treats she will get when she successful goes in the potty. We also repurposed a calendar and found some star stickers for her to use every time she has a success. It’s created excitement and she’s being talking about it a lot.
The night before, I also got a basket ready with everything in it that we would need. Underwear, wipes, pull-ups (for nap and bedtimes) calendar, stickers and treats.
We also have a potty for the house, a seat for the toilet and a portable potty, for when we eventually leave the house. I also have lots of books and the iPad charged to use when she’s sitting on the potty. This way everything is ready to go when Kyah wakes up in the morning for her first day.
The plan is to keep Kyah in the house with no diaper, no pull-ups and no underwear for the first three days,. This is for her to get used to the feeling. Then every half an hour I will let her know that it’s time to sit on the potty to try and pee. We will sit for 10-15 minutes each time during which I will read to her. The iPad is on standby for when she doesn’t want to sit down because watching her favourite nursery rhymes on youtube is always a good convincer. When she gets up, whether she went or not, I will still be very excited, give her a high-five for trying and tell her how proud I am of her. I will also be watching for signs that she may need to pee or poo. The hubby will be around to help for the first two days especially with keeping the older brother busy because during this time, the focus has to totally be on the potty trainee.
So everything is ready to go. I just need to remember to be patient, positive and persevere.
(Click here for details on how the 10 days of potty training went)
When do you think is the right time to potty train and what are some tips that you think really help?