2 IN ONE DAY! GO ME!
Today I have decided to pick up where I left off on potty training with KAT. Hopefully this mommy can stick to the script and stay consistent. There are several tricks to potty training , but the MAIN trick is for us parents to REMAIN CONSISTENT. It is so easy to derail from what we started because life happens and who are we kidding, WE ARE FREAKING BUSY! It can also be frustrating if they have an accident when they appear to be getting the hang of it, but it really isn’t their fault.
Think about it. Babies/Toddlers go #1 or #2 wherever and whenever in this awesome moisture wicking booty hugger. They even do it in their sleep. They have to train their brains to adjust to sitting on a hole when they have to relieve themselves. So before getting upset think about how easy it is for you to train your brain on sticking to that diet or going to the gym more than a few times a year.
Here are a few items and tips that I have found to work for my little people!
First order of business was to find a potty. Now my husband and I already have experience with MAT so we knew that a flashy, colorful, and fun potty would absolutely NOT WORK. It is way too distracting for a toddler. Keep it simple. If you want to incorporate fun, create a potty chart and reward them with a sticker or a treat each time they go. Personally, I’ve gotten tired of finding stickers in the most random places so I just sing a really awesome, repetitive, made up potty song while dancing like a lunatic… “Ooooh yeeaaaaa! You pee-peed on the toilet!” x 1,897,943.
This Summer Infant My Size Potty has a spot to put wipes in it, but I keep it empty. There is an additional compartment that I hide the wipes and stickers in. That way when I give my toddler “privacy”, she isn’t getting distracted by the reachable things. And if I can be totally honest, sometimes I turn off the lights to REALLY eliminate distractions. Sorry kid, but you have one job in there.
Also, we use Gerber Toddler Girl’s Training Pants (they come in colors for boys and gender neutral tighty whitey). They are a lot of work to keep clean, but when your little one feels the discomfort of being wet they begin to acknowledge it. KAT’s favorite line right now is “uh-oh I pee-peed in my panty”. My response… “Thank you for telling mommy. Lets get a new one”. I rinse them out, throw them in the washing machine and wash them all at the end of the night so they are clean for the next day. Oh yea, if you don’t want pee on your floors, rugs, bed or couch, put sweat pants over the underpants. Its like they are wearing a towel! GENIUS RIGHT?!
Oh The Potty Time Potty Watch, how I ♥ love ♥ thee! This thing plays a fun tune and lights up every 30, 60, or 90 minutes. For the early stages of potty training it is best to set it for every 30 minutes. Trust me, they go that often. Once they get used to holding it for the potty then you can progressively extend the time. It definitely helps parents keep track of how long it has been since the last potty run and gives the child an accessory that they like. This watch also helps take the weight off of parents from being the mean ol’ monster telling your kid “sit there and use the potty”. Now we can blame it on the watch. At our house when the watch sings KAT says “*gasp* TIME TO GO TO THE TOILET” while big sister MAT thinks that she is the second alarm.
Ok now my last tip, which can be a crucial one for remaining consistent is to get a potty for on the go. I keep this Summer Infant Fun Potty in my car. It has a lid so I can close in the funk and the pot insert is small enough for me to line it with a bag for easy clean up. I usually have Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Bags for dirty diaper disposal, but if my mombie (mom- zombie) brain forgets to re-up my supply any plastic bag (preferably none with holes) will do. I hate public bathrooms and especially with 2 small kids we are all more comfortable handling our business in the car. And yes you read that correctly, I said OUR. There has been a time or 2 or 3 that I’ve had to use it myself. To all of my fellow moms lets warn these future moms and dads that once you get pregnant your bladder dies forever.