So as we talked about Monday ad nauseum, we made the jump and potty trained B! We are still wearing diapers at night and during naps (although she will stay dry if I get her right away), and occasionally if we are somewhere and she won’t have the opportunity to go potty (we have tried public restrooms but she is still uneasy even with a travel potty seat.)
Knock on wood, she has been a breeze to potty train. I truly think that most of this is pure luck and the other part is her familiarity with the potty from our early infant potty training. We have had very minimal accidents (only a handful of times and no number twos thankfully!)
1.) We bought a bunch of the books pictured above and started reading them a few days before we started. We also started talking about potty training a couple days before we made the jump as well.
2.) We made a really big deal about the big girl undies. Luckily, she is naturally really interested in dressing herself these days, so when the big girl undies arrived, she jumped at the chance and insisted on trying on seven pairs.
3.) We made it a priority to give her an opportunity to go potty every 2 hours. We are not yet at the point where she will reliably tell us she has to go, although she has told us a few times. When she has an accident, she is young enough that I feel like it is my fault for not reminding her to go.
4.) We try to make it really fun to sit on the potty. She gets gummy bears every or jellybeans every time she successfully goes potty. Sometimes she forgets and we don’t remind her. But we always read lots of books.
While Out and About…
After talking to some veteran moms who have potty trained, I asked them what they do when they have to be outside of the house during the early phases of potty training. Ultimately, they told me you have two choices: have the kid wear pull-ups (eventually you will have to transition out of them) but it prevents accidents which is helpful if you can’t deal with them, or bring lots of clothes and extra undies. Because most of our outings are pretty quick these days, we mostly stick B in underwear. But I now carry an extra pair of leggings, underwear, wet wipes, and some pull-ups in my diaper bag. I keep the portable potty seat in the back of the car, so I can bring it into a public bathroom if we are out long enough and B needs to try to go. I don’t want to lug it around in my purse more than I need to!
When we travel, we always try to remember to bring our much more comfortable Baby Bjorn potty seat that attaches to the top of a regular potty. It doesn’t fold down though, so I only bring it on overnights. There are limits to what I want to carry around in my purse. Oh, and we now always have the car seat protector down in B’s carseat. It is just extra insurance because washing out a carseat stinks!
We love our Baby Bjorn potties (we have one upstairs, and one downstairs) and have been using one since she was 3 months old. I chose them because they are two solid pieces of plastic (easier to clean), aren’t ugly, and they have a nice back rest for the kiddo/ baby. This came in handy when B was really young and I think it still is comfier for her. Another plus is the kid can get on and off the potty themselves at age 2: no step stools needed and it is ergonomically correct. I think the fact that it is a natural position for the kid to poop in really helped our early potty training. We use a diaper sprayer to clean out the potty upstairs, but I will pour some water in the potty downstairs and empty it in the big potty after each potty session to keep it clean. When I clean the regular toilets, I clean her potties at the same time.
Obviously, we are new to this game but this is what has worked for us. Please share what worked for you? And full disclosure: I am fully expecting a little regression from B when the baby comes. Every mom has told me that it happens but it should only be a phase. For right now, we are enjoying no cloth diaper laundry for the first time in two years!
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