I shared my experience with potty training, which I will sum up as ‘less than pleasant/really hard but totally worth it.’ It’s been a little more than six weeks since I started potty training and I’m happy to share that after one full week of potty training, we’ve had no accidents in her underwear! She still wears a diaper during naps and at night so she’ll sometimes pee/poop in her diaper since she has no way of alerting me she has to go.
After the three-day potty camp boot camp (although mine was actually four because we had a sick day in between) I still had a ton of questions about what to do after the training. I was lucky to be able to lean on my fellow MommyBetas who had all already trained their little ones. They all had a ton of great advice. I’ve created a brief Q&A for anyone who has just embarked on the experience of potty training.
Mostly what I’ve learned is that there isn’t just one way to do things. You have to decide what works best for you and your child and then go with it. The key is to be consistent so as not to confuse your kid.
Q: Do you keep potty seats in the main areas of the house?
A: Some of us MommyBetas keep a potty in the living room and others only in the bathroom. After the first week, I decided to keep all potties in the bathroom. Since our place is so small it wasn’t too hard for my daughter to make it to the restroom once she said that she needed to go.
Q: Did you use a potty seat that goes on top of a regular toilet (with a step stool) or a small kid sized potty that sits on the ground?
A: I purchased the Baby Bjorn Potty Chair, which works great! It’s the perfect size and because of the tall back, my daughter doesn’t get tired sitting on it. This was great for bootcamp because she would sit on the potty for 10+ min at a time. Also, now she is able to use the Potty Chair all on her own since the potty is on the ground. The only caveat is that I then have to dump the pee or poop in the toilet to flush and then wipe the potty down. But I guess it’s no worse than changing a diaper.
The nice folks at Baby Bjorn sent me a Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer and Safe Step stool to test. We started using these items about three weeks into potty training. We really like them! My daughter uses the step stool to climb up to the toilet and then I help her get on the seat. What I love most about this is that there is no clean up. It’s super simple and clean! She does her business, she flushes and that’s that! And the Toilet Trainer is easily removable so when she’s not using it I hang it on a hook in our bathroom. Now, she alternates between the Toilet Trainer and the Potty Chair. I have no idea why she picks the one she does, but she seems to like both of them so I’ll keep using them both. Eventually I’m hoping to just the Toilet Trainer and Safe Step stool. Both are good options so I say pick one and just go with it.
Q: What are your main potty essentials for leaving the house?
A: Months before we started potty training we purchased the BabyBjorn Little Potty to get her familiar with the idea of the potty. She’d mostly play with it and have her animals sit on the potty. But the Little Potty has been a great travel potty. It’s usually in our car but I also take it with me in my stroller when we’re out and about. Just note that Baby Bjorn is discontinuing the Little Potty and replacing it with the Smart Potty because of the popularity of the Smart Potty and the similarity between the two. One MommyBeta said she keeps the ground Bjorn in the car. However, she recommends getting the Potette, which comes with liners that you can then throw away. Fortunately we haven’t had to deal with cleaning a poop out of our travel potty because she poops before nap (most of the time) and we’re always home at that time. So for the time being, we’re sticking with using the BabyBjorn Little Potty as our travel potty.
Some items that were recommended to me and that I have purchased but not used yet: The Potette, a travel potty that folds flat into a trainer seat, A folding potty seat that fits on top of any public toilet, a wetbag for accidents and the Piddle Pad, to protect stroller and car seats. I put a Piddle Pad in the car seat. As you can see I went crazy with purchasing all these things. And looking back I realized I could have done with out most.
I am very comfortable and happy traveling with my Baby Bjorn Little Potty (it even fits in my diaper bag) and I’m fine using public restrooms when needed. I simply wipe them down, cover them with paper toilet liners and hold my daughter up. It’s not as daunting as it seems if you can get past the yucky-ness factor. Oh and I carry loads of sanitizing hand wipes.
Check out the MommyBeta Potty Training board on Pinterst for more tips and tricks!
Q: When do they learn to hold their pee?
A: Umm… Who knows!! After the first week I could see that every day there was an improvement in the amount of time Reese would say, “I got to potty mommy” to the time it took to get to the potty. I think this varies for everyone. The best advice I got was to simply prevent getting to the stage of having them hold their pee. Keep track of the amount of time between pees and poops. For example if it’s been a few hours and Reese hasn’t gone to the restroom I’ll take her although now she’s pretty good about telling me. Also, at the beginning even if you ask your child if they have to go potty and they say “no,” take them anyway if it’s been a long time between a potty.