Okay I am going to get real with you guys for a bit with some potty training lessons learned. I hope it does not scare any of you who have yet to go down this potty training road. 🙂
1. Potty training SUCKS!
Let’s just face it, potty training is not fun. But it is even worse when the whole family is experiencing rotating bouts of lower GI distress while learning to use the potty. For 2 plus weeks at that! All I got to say on this is Praise the Lord we have TWO bathrooms and a potty chair!
2. Naked baby/toddler bums are ADORABLE!
Please someone else agree with me! I can not be the only one who loves watching those tiny tushies run up and down!
3. Flushing toilets are COOL!
Or at least MY toddler thinks so. Cakey is constantly flushing the toilets now. She thinks if she sits on it and/or looks at it, it should be flushed. She also thinks she should flush the toilet for me (while I’m still sitting on it mind you). Oh and she recently discovered that you can flush other objects down the toilet. So far we have lost two (2) sippy cup straws, countless hair ties, and who knows what else.
4. Pull-ups just don’t work for us.
Cakey treats them like diapers and I am not going to keep buying them just so she can pee-pee on “Meeen-eee Mouse” or “Pin-pess Aerrl.” This means if you drop by our house (announced or unannounced) for a visit you will either see a naked toddler bum or if you are really lucky maybe she will be in her “big girl” panties!
5. Bribery works for any age.
I started giving Cakey one piece of candy for going potty. Before anyone freaks out thinking I was giving her king-sized Kit-Kat bars let me clarify her reward candy was Brach’s Tiny Conversation Hearts. She was doing awesome and then the dreaded lower GI distress struck. I stopped giving her candy and gave her a sticker instead. Well, I’m sure you can imagine how well that went over. :/
6. Location, location, location.
Potty chairs are moveable, even if you are sitting on them. If Cakey does not want to stay in the bathroom she moves her chair out. She also rotates between wanting to use the potty chair, use the potty seat on the “big” toilet, and just climbing up on the “big” toilet without the potty seat.
7. We do WAY more laundry now.
And we are a cloth diapering family! But man has potty training increased our laundry! I have narrowed this down to three reasons:
- The lower GI problems
- When Cakey is in a Pull-up, she takes them off while in her bed or my bed during nap time and proceeds to pee everywhere.
- When she wears panties or goes naked there is no telling where she will pee or what she will pee on.
These are the 7 lessons I have learned during this first month of potty training. Share with me your potty training experiences and knowledge (please). What crazy things did you learn? What worked for your family?
Have a blessed day!
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