Maybe I’m the wrong person to be making this resolution, but I resolve to have my toddler potty trained before her 3rd birthday. I’m not too sure what ideas she has in mind, but I’m hoping at some point we will be on the same page with this whole potty training business. When she was 17 months, she started showing me signs of being ready to use the potty so we took out her potty chair and started the process. After a few poops and pees in the potty, she got the hang of it and would tell me each time she had to go. She would always tell me she had to poop and it would go right into the potty, but peeing was a bit harder. From what I hear, this is usually the opposite from “normal” potty training behavior – children generally pee consistently in the potty, while pooping is a bit harder to get them to do. Either way, in my own experience, it doesn’t really matter because this routine only lasted for about a week. Then we were back to full time diapers.
I was frustrated but never showed signs of frustration to my toddler. I was, and still am, afraid of somehow creating a bad experience that will keep her from wanting to potty train. I guess right now it doesn’t really matter because she is SO not interested in using the potty. Last weekend we took a trip to the baby store and I decided to let her pick out her own potty seat, thinking this would be a great way to get her excited about the potty. She picked out a purple Tinkerbell potty seat and promised to use it when we got home. I explained to her that if she didn’t use it, it would have to come back to the store.
The very next day we started the potty training process. She excitedly opened her new potty seat and asked to go sit on the potty. We sat there for about 15 minutes when she decided she was done. No pee or poop in the potty. I expected this and decided to try again throughout the day. I put her in regular underwear so that she would feel if she had an accident. Sure enough within seconds of leaving the potty seat and putting on underwear, she peed EVERYWHERE! I explained to her that peepee goes in the potty next time. She begged for a diaper and I gave up. Yes, that easy. This wasn’t our first time trying to train, so I didn’t want to push it.
When my toddler decides she is ready to really train, I know that regular underwear will not work when we are out and about. We definitely need something with a little more security when it comes to leaks. Since we are cloth diapering most of the time, I have looked into cloth training pants but I wasn’t too happy with their design. I believe that while potty training, a child should feel if they had an accident and I wasn’t too confident cloth training pants would help. When I was searching around for and eco friendly solution to training pants, I came across Earth’s Best Training Pants. Earth’s Best has their own line of training pants that I will be trying out soon. They are chlorine free and made of renewable resources. You can find out more information about Earth’s Best Training Pants and be sure to also check out Earth’s Best Potty Training Tips.
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