My youngest has just started using the potty, aka the bathroom. I cannot begin to express my excitement for this event. To have a house full of people who don’t need a diaper change. We’ve been changing diapers around here consistently for 5 and half years. That’s right, non-stop diaper changes. We’ve given the diaper and wipe corporations a huge chunk of our lifetime earnings. So what is the secret to potty training your toddler? I’ve heard all kinds of suggestions and strategies, and there is one that works better than all the others.
Drumroll please…. The best way to potty train your child is to use the strategy that best works for that child. See, I told you I had the answer.
My oldest was quick to potty train. She was doing it well just after she turned two. She wanted to be like the other big kids in her daycare and use the potty. We did stumble that first year. There were many, many, many accidents. So, just because your kid is potty trained, doesn’t mean they accident free. What worked for my oldest was using a reward system for using the potty. She used the potty, she got an M&M. You had to be careful with that one though due to the pavlovian drift. Give her some candy and she might just pee herself. Just kidding. That never happened, but I can tell you that I would observe her when she ate M&M’s outside the bathroom. Just in case.
My middle child would not potty train. She absolutely refused to use the potty. She didn’t commit to using the toilet until she was 3 years and 2 months old. She didn’t want my damn candy. She didn’t care if I put things in time out. She didn’t care if I let her run around the house naked. She didn’t care if I made her stay in the bathroom all damn morning. She wasn’t going to use the potty no matter what. She would literally hold her pee in for 18 hours. I was worried about her bladder health so we just stopped pushing it. Then one day she decided that it was time to use the potty and her mistakes have been few and far between. When the girl finally commits to something she does it right.
My youngest is 2 and a half years old. She needs no encouragement, she needs no real direction, she just says I need to use the potty. I put her on and she goes. Pretty simple potty training right there. I hope this keeps up, but I know the potty training learning curve is steep. Just when you think they got it, they seem to not have it at all.
I wonder what I’m going to do with all that extra diaper and wipe money?
Don’t forget my secret potty training method. The method that works best for your kid is the one to use. They are little individuals. I know we try to control their lives, but we don’t own them. They are people that need guidance and direction that best fits them. Some methods work better than others. All kids don’t potty train the same. And most of all, when you are so tired of changing diapers for years and years, just embrace the suck and know it won’t last forever.