The Potty Training Countdown
We're officially on potty training countdown around these parts, and I couldn't be more apprehensive. Thoughts and tips welcome!
We’re officially counting down the days at my house. Not for Christmas (although excitement is running high in that department), but for the official start of potty training. My younger daughter turned 2 years old in October, and I think it’s time to get serious about giving up diapers.
Here’s the problem: I’m freaking out. My nanny almost entirely potty trained my older daughter when I worked full-time (yes, I was fortunate), and I had little to do with the process. Now that I’m working from home… it’s all on me. With that said, I’m doing my research on the best methods of potty training out there. We already have the potty, the books and the training pants. And actually, she’s already used it a couple times here and there. She certainly knows what the potty is for, but essentially I feel like we’re starting from scratch. Yes, this is the part where I plead for positive reinforcement, fool-proof tips and proven recommendations.
With so many methods of potty training out there, I think I’ll probably just mix and match elements from each and see where that gets us. Here are a few that have stuck out to me thus far as good ol’ common sense:
- Try to remain outwardly calm and confident; your child may pick up on any anxiety you display (I think this goes for all facets of life, not just potty training!)
- Remove barriers that can get in the way of your child’s attempt to use the bathroom, such as clothing (So basically, I’m going to have a half naked child running around my house, but whatever it takes!)
- Teach through pretend play with dolls (Something tells me I’m going to be washing a lot of baby dolls, but I think this will be a great way to connect the dots)
- When you notice signs that your child might need to use the toilet… respond quickly (Run, run, run!)
- Consider incentives (stickers on a chart, snacks, you name it, my ears are open…)
- Patience is key (My 2014 mantra!)
Worse case scenario, if it becomes obvious she isn’t ready to take on official Big Girl status, we can always stop and try again in a few months. In the meantime, isn’t this where someone should say, “May the force be with you”?
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