Potty training was a long friggin’ journey for us, so it felt anyway. Honestly — looking back it really wasn’t that bad. I think the number one mistake I made was trying to get her to do it before she was ready. Every kid is SO different that I’m honestly not sure there’s one right way or another so I’ll just share what worked best for us and if it works for you great!
First, we grabbed a potty for her – obviously, right? 😉 HA! We got the Baby Bjorn one and love it. It’s great! It’s small so it doesn’t take up a ton of room and she loves it which well, that’s really the test it needed to pass! 😉 They have color options too, so I let Blake pick the color she wanted.
Now, don’t let me fool you, we tried about 3 times before it actually HAPPENED! I tried letting her run around naked for a few days, making her sit every 10 minutes then eventually just losing my mind because well — pee ended up just about everywhere other than in the potty. I was honestly so confused because she acted super interested, she woke up dry every morning and she would let me know when she went in her diaper. I mean, literally all the signs were there right? *face plam*
Eventually I threw in the towel after the second time and didn’t plan anything else. I was kind of done and thought, she’s barely two. We will try again in a few months, I’m just not going to worry about it and it ain’t worth the stress. About two weeks after that happened, she woke up one morning, came out into the living room and asked to go potty. I just went with it and no joke guys, from that moment forward it’s been smooth sailing. With a whole lot of treats and reinforcement 😉
Obviously I have to remind her sometimes, especially when she gets busy playing, but she’s had less than 3 accidents in the two weeks she’s been going and I’d say that’s pretty impressive. One thing that has helped, is we keep her little Baby Bjorn potty in the living room, I know — weird, it’s fine. BUT it’s created a lot less accidents and reminds her to go! We just put it by her toys and I plan on moving it probably next week to the bathroom, so we can start working on that. We also had a toy box and I let her help me restock it once. We started with a bunch of toys I had collected from the Target dollar section and every time she went, she got to pick a toy out! Then once all the toys were gone she went to the dollar store with me and I let her pick out new ones to “replenish” it with. Once those toys were gone, that was the end of those. We continued with chocolate chips as treats whenever she went pee (weird right? For whatever reason going pee in the potty was a little bit more of a challenge for us) for about a week, but now it’s just habit!
We struggled with going out in public the first time and I freaked out a little bit thinking crap, I spoke too soon! BUT I asked a group I’m in on Facebook of a bunch of ladies what in the world to do and got great advice and it’s worked like a charm! So now when we go out in public, she tries to go right before we leave. Once we get to wherever we are (like Target, let’s be honest, most likely Target), we go straight to the bathroom to try and go again, do our shopping, then go again before we leave. It’s just kind of shown her that it’s not scary and it let’s her know where the bathroom is to begin with.
I told her that once she’s made it a full week without any accidents, we could go pick out a BIG toy at Target. So every night we have a little Sticker Chart (grab it, here) and she puts a sticker on it if she makes it the entire day, then once we have 7 stickers — it’s Target time and she’s got 5 already so cross your fingers!
I think the biggest thing honestly (and my Mother told me months ago when I first begin trying to train her) was letting her be ready, letting her come to me and be excited about it. We talked about it, watched shows where they would use the potty and she had little friends that used it. So it was all around her and she saw it, it just took a little time for her to come around to the idea on her own. 😉
Honestly, the reality is — it’s gonna be a hot mess until they’re into it no matter what…so might as well just sit back and relax rather than stressing out about it. All kids are different and if anyone gives you crap – let them have a go at it 😉 HA!
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