I told myself I’d never ever talk about potty training on Facebook (I never did). And so it’s weird to me that I’m posting about this today… I was so nervous about potty training but it turned out far easier than I anticipated and I think it was because of some good advice from friends so I figured I’d try to make your life easier and put together a helpful list of what worked for us:
The first two and a half days were so incredibly discouraging and I felt like Drew was trying to deliberately put me into a mental hospital… and then it was like something flipped in Drew’s brain while he napped on the third day and it was like he understood it when he woke up. He understood what the feeling was like and he wanted to tell us he had to go.
1. Talk it up. Get some good books that’ll get him ready and brainwashed understanding before you even begin to try training. I got this one at Marshalls… they always seem to have good ones on this topic.
2. Figure out when the best time for your child is. Our doctor told us girls were usually ready much earlier than boys and to not bother training until Drew was around three. We found that to be great advice even though it was frustrating to be comparing him to my friends who had girls.
3. Be committed (and have your spouse and care-givers be committed too). I think the single best thing we did, thanks to great advice from my friend Heather, was when we decided to start we had Drew put all the diapers into a bag to give to a friend whose son was still using diapers. It was symbolic of him being done with diapers. We had him in Pull-Ups for naps and night time and called them “nap time / night time undies”. They went on like underwear and were even more expensive than underwear. 🙂 We got him out of them as soon as he woke up dry for five days in a row.
4. We found that if we stopped giving him something to drink an hour to an hour and a half before bed, other than a sip or two after brushing his teeth, he was much more likely to wake up with dry Pull-Ups.
5. We had him go to the bathroom right before bed and the minute he woke up when we first started. I found that if we left him in bed for even a couple of minutes after he woke he would go and we would lose that little window of time where we could have had a dry Pull-Up. Now we are in the routine of him going as soon as he wakes up and we’ve been in underwear overnight for over a month now with only one accident on a day he slept way later than normal (speaking of accidents: get a mattress cover, they are about $10 at Target, it’ll give you peace of mind).
6. Let him stand to go. He’ll think it’s way more fun… especially because he’s like Daddy. (We only did this after he got the hang of going in his little potty, which he kept on the first floor so we’d have one on each floor because sometimes you have seconds to make it to the toilet.)
7. Lastly, encourage. Encourage. Encourage. For whatever reason Drew loves Pez candy so we let him have one to two candies every time he went in the potty at the very beginning. It was a great motivator!