I can hardly believe it was just one week ago that Elle and I started potty training. My how things have changed! For starters, Elle hasn’t been in a diaper since Monday. Woo hoo! She was waking up from naps and bedtime dry so we decided to move ahead with full-time panties. We’re crossing our fingers she keeps it up. Unlike Nathalee and Natali’s experience, we didn’t have regression or get set back by undies. I’m thinking it’s a girl vs boy thing.
We also had another major victory: poop in the potty! I figured out the secret to getting Elle to go. Privacy. Makes sense since she used to go under tables, behind furniture, etc. I just leave a towel on the door so she can’t close it all the way and I listen so I can know when she is done. Since starting this, we are 2/2 for poops in the potty!
Of course we have had a few accidents. I got a little overconfident on Monday and assumed she could tell me the truth when I asked her if she needed to potty. We can gone a couple of hours since her last potty but since she hadn’t been going very frequently and told me she didn’t need to pee pee, I assumed she didn’t. Wrong! She peed in the floor of a store. Luckily it was concrete floor, wasn’t much pee and I could clean it up fast. I realized then that I needed to make her sit on the potty and it would probably be a while before she self initiated. That is totally ok with me.
I also realized that potty training actually requires as much energy and attention from me as it does Elle because though she’ll go to the potty, I need to be the one to remind her. Diapers can actually be easier for parents because you don’t have to worry about when they need to pee or poop because you can just throw it away, clean it up and you’re done which is why I’m assuming a lot of parents wait to train until their kids are older. I’m assuming most assume you don’t train until the child doesn’t want to wear diapers anymore or until they’re 3 which are what I probably would have done had it not been for Natali Morris giving it a go with Miles. The book we read said the secret to potty training before the age of 2 is…to train before the age of 2!
So, I know our experience isn’t like everyone’s but overall I’m so happy we went ahead with the training. I will tell you this. It would have much harder without an iPad. My hat goes off to those who have trained without it. It’s a lifesaver! Well good luck to those embarking on the potty training adventure. It’s a fun, wet and crazy ride but truly memorable and one that makes you and your little one feel so accomplished! Good luck!