I’m so sick of changing diapers. I’m sick of everything involved including the obvious mess and spending good money on them. Besides that, my two year old is showing signs of being ready to make the change from diaper to potty. Hooray! Or am I celebrating too soon?
My first son, now seven, showed similar interest right around the same age. I remember running out to get him the best training potty-money could buy. I was a first time mom and every milestone was exciting. It was a bright green froggy potty — hard to clean, but oh so cute. It sat in the bathroom unused for the next few months as my son refused to have anything to do with it. All the bribes and m&ms in the world couldn’t get him to sit on that thing. So what should have taken just a few weeks ended up dragging on for months and months. He simply wasn’t ready.
He was only fully potty trained when he was good and ready — not when I was ready.
Flash forward to my second son and his interest in the potty. While I’m totally anxious to have a diaper free household, I’m not pushing it. I certainly won’t get a fancy training potty tomorrow (simple and functional for this little guy), and I’m set on forgoing the m&m bribes until we are super serious about the whole thing.
Samantha Allen of NYC Potty Training, a service that actually comes to your house and helps you get the kiddos onto the pot and off of diapers, suggest that all parents follow these simple rules when starting potty training.
- Keep everything fun and stress free. Remember a child can sense his parents stress, so take deep breaths and carry on.
- Keep track of when your child uses the bathroom. You’d be surprised that most of the time, they do follow a schedule.
- Keep giving them lots of liquid so you’ll have many opportunities to practice going to the potty.
- Ditch the diapers and go straight to underwear. Wearing diapers during potty training may give children a false sense of security and mixed messages.
- Choose your words carefully and make sure you give your child positive reinforcement even when they have an accident.
For now we are taking it slow. I’ll let him continue to take an interest and move from there. Like his brother before him, he’ll show me when he’s good and ready. Until then, I’m back to changing diapers.
Moms, how did potty training your second child compare to potty training your first?