This is the first post in a new series about potty training. Why now? Well it just so happens that we are potty training our 2 and half year old, Katienne. Whatever potty training approach you are taking, eventually you will have to leave your house. Things get even more complicated when you are going on a road trip or flying somewhere with a newly potty trained child. So come along on this potty training journey with me, and we’ll get through it together.
Let’s start with the basics. How do I choose to potty train my children? Well, I have a 5 year old, and I potty trained her while we were living on a bible college in Hungary over two years ago. So technically this is my second time going through this process. She was fairly easy to potty train, especially because she was coming out of wearing cloth diapers, not disposables, and she was sick of feeling wet. I was surrounded by other awesome mommies at the time and decided to go for the all or nothing approach based on their advice. We stopped diapering completely, including at night, put undies on her, and gave her a gummy bear every time she went on the toilet. Every 30 to 40 minutes I would remind her to try again and put her on the potty. After a week of constant accidents, things got better, and I was thankful that we had hardwood floors, and not carpet (yikes!).
We finally ventured to go play with other kids and she had an accident. She didn’t get punished or anything like that, but her consequence was that we had to go home and change her clothes and as a result her play time was cut short. It only took a few times of that happening for her to realize that if she asked me to take her to the potty, she could go, and then continue playing. At the time when we were potty training Ksena, we were traveling on a pretty constant basis, and I learned a lot of lessons the hard way. Potty training our second child has made me think through a lot of the ways I dealt with it the first time around, and I want to go over our potty training journeys with you through this series. Potty training can terrify and stupify mothers and fathers all around the globe, but it doesn’t have to, and I hope this series will help you in your own potty training adventures. Here is a breakdown of what this series will look like.
I am so excited to write this series, and I can’t wait to hear your horror and victory stories about this topic!