Today I’m sharing our potty training success story & some tips on how we mastered potty training in a little under a week with the Summer Infant My Size Potty Train & Transition! I know this post has been a long time coming as Rosie has been potty trained since the spring but it’s finally here! So thank you to all who have had patience and have been requesting this post. We decided to potty-train Rosie when she was just shy of 2 years old and the My Size Potty was our (training) and now (transition) go-to. Wherever we traveled to over the summer, this potty came with us. I’ve summarized some of the tips in this post that helped us potty train and hopefully you can pick up a few pointers that might be helpful in your potty training journey, but as with all of my “Mom Life” posts this is merely my own personal story and experience. We happen to be the “learn as we go” kind of parents while some people would prefer to follow a specific method or even utilize a specialist. Either way! There really is no right or wrong way to go about it.
If you’re just starting your potty-training journey I would definitely recommend the 2 in 1 potty training system The potty is compact enough to fit in a small city apartment and looks just like the “real life potty” which is great for learning purposes. Some of my favorite features include the “realness” of it. The potty even has an interactive flusher that makes a flushing noise every time your little one “flushes” the toilet. (This is definitly Rosie’s favorite part as well) There is also a built in full size wipe compartment which keeps wipes within arms reach and clean-up is relatively painless. When it’s time to transition to the regular potty, the soft foam “potty topper” is removable which allowed us to easily transition Rosie from her “my size potty” to the regular potty that she uses now. Other potty training tools: we used this on-the-go potty which is great for when you’re “out and about”. It folds up compactly and you can easily throw in the stroller or the trunk of the car. If there is an emergency you can pop this potty out anywhere and you’re child can go to the bathroom. Yes I am one of those parents who let their child go smack down in the middle of the park. When Rosie said she had to go and couldn’t hold it very long in the beginning weeks we whipped out this potty wherever we were and she went right then and there for those early days.
WHEN TO START POTTY TRAINING
As mentioned, we decided to potty train Rosie when she was just shy of 2 years old. In my opinion, there is no “right” age to start potty-training but it’s more about readiness and maturity of the individual child. Rosie had started exhibited signs that she was ready around 18 months (she would hide behind furniture to do her business for quite some time and eventually told us verbally when she was going) and while the pediatrician urged us to give it a go at 18 months we decided as a family it wasn’t quite the right time and put it off a few months. I’ve also head of people waiting until their children are 3 even 3 1/2 so it really depends on their maturity. If your child has been walking, talking and achieving other milestones on the earlier side chances are they may be ready to potty train on the earlier side as well.
POTTY TRAINING PREP
We bought Rosie her potty a few months before we started the actual process of potty-training. Per our pediatrician’s suggestion we agreed that it would be a good idea to get her familiar with the potty before the real process began. We also purchased a few potty books for Rosie (no idea if they were actually useful) We e read them to her for about a week before potty training and pretty much every night of the 3 day potty training. BOOKS: HERE & HERE . When you decide to potty train make sure you have all the essentials ahead of time and pick a weekend you know that you will be inside and can sacrifice staying indoors for at least 48 hrs.
POTTY TRAINING TIPS:
- Be Enthusiastic/potty dance: this is probably my biggest piece of advice. Make a HUGE DEAL any time they use the potty successfully. Children respond to positive reinforcement and they want to learn as much as you want them to. We danced, sang, high-fived every time Rosie use the potty successfully in those beginning weeks. She was so excited as well and would yell “I did it” after she was done!
- Reward System: this is a tip that one of my friends gave me. We decided to give Rosie a small piece of a cookie every time she successfully did #2 on the potty for the first 2 weeks. She eventually stoped asking on her own but it added an element of excitement for her to use the potty. (and #2 proved to be more difficult then #1)
- REPETITION is key: you will be repeating yourself over and over for those first 3 days and you will probably even get sick of your own voice but it’s definitely important to keep reinforcing the behavior as much as you can and be consistent.
- Patience, Patience, Patience: accidents will happen those first few weeks or months even when they are fully potty trained so be patient and stay the course.
- Pick out underwear together: After Rosie was relatively accident free we went to the Gap & she picked out some cute princess underwear.
- ON THE GO Training: make sure you to have your little one use the bathroom before leaving the house. Bring an on-the-go potty with you in the beginning whenever you head out of the house so that they can go wherever they are whenever they need to.
- OVER-NIGHT Training: Have you child go to the bathroom right before bed and cut off liquid an hour before bedtime. Additionally, if you can wake your child up at around 11 pm or right before you go to bed to see if he/she has to go potty. This was one tip that saved us! Most toddler’s actually can’t hold their bladder over-night until age 3 and it has nothing to do with being potty trained or not they just have no control over it while they are sleeping so if you go in there right before bed-time this helped us make the night-time dryness a success.
OUR POTTY TRAINING SUCCESS STORY:
ok! so let’s get down to it! Let me start by saying this was one of those things that I really dreaded and expected to be A LOT WORSE then it actually was. That’s not to say it wasn’t hard or downright gross at times but really the overall time that was difficult was limited to Days 1 & 2. I had it in my mind this process would take weeks on end but in reality she had the basics of potty training down after Day 3. This came as a huge surprise & relief to me! I didn’t use any specific method although I’ve heard of it all…. from having a potty training specialist come in to potty train your child to just rolling up the carpets, stripping your child naked from waist down and letting them run around for a few days going wherever or on whatever they please. We choose to set aside a weekend devoted to potty training. In my mind if she wasn’t getting it in 5 or so days she probably wasn’t ready and we would try again in 3-6 months. This took the pressure off. We decided to pick a random weekend in the spring when we knew it was going to be crappy out and we didn’t have anything going on. Day 1: We stayed inside all of Day 1. This was definitely the hardest day. She had accidents galore (which was to be expected) and I drove myself crazy asking her pretty much every hour if she had to use the potty and taking her to and from the potty. Rosie was even sick of it…telling me at one point “Mommy I said stop asking me to potty” By the end of the day, she was successfully using the potty a number of times for # 1 and # 2. My husband and I also made A HUGE deal of her going to the potty.. created a song, dance the whole 9 yards! For months on end every time she went #2 she would get so excited and run out and say “Mommy, Daddy I did it” I definitely think this positive reinforcement was a huge part of the potty training success…Day 2: We introduced a “reward” to the equation. She seemed to have more trouble with #2 then going #1 so every time Rosie had successfully went #2 on the potty she would get a small piece of a cookie. This eventually phased out on it’s own but it worked wonders the first two weeks. Come Sunday afternoon of Day 2 my husband and I were going stir crazy already. We decided to leave the house late morning with Rosie (sans pull up) and just bare butt and pants. This turned out to be a royal mistake.. The plan was to stay inside for the entire weekend but we both cracked and had to get out. We took Rosie to the park and she ended up having 2 accidents!. #1 -ok we were fine I had an extra pair of pants and then #2. (we did not prepare for a #2 accident) so we rushed backed home. Day 3: Frank was back to work so it was just Rosie and I on our own. We decided to take it easy again and hang inside for the majority of the day. I reinforced the previous day’s methods of bringing her to the potty and asking her every hour or so if she had to go. She didn’t have any accidents inside. We decided to go to the park in the late afternoon on Day 3 and this time I brought her on-the-go potty. She used it right at the park (yes I am that mom) and she was more or less accident free from that Day on. All in all day 1 and 2 were ROUGH but after Day 3 they really do get the hang of it. She did have a few accidents here and there over the coming weeks but aside from a few rare occurrences she was potty trained and it was a lot quicker process then I anticipated. Disclaimer: I made the mistake of doing pull-ups at night. My pediatrician mentioned to wait until Rosie was consistently DAY DRY & NAP DRY for a few weeks before I began to potty train her over-night but not to wait much longer because it may be confusing to her. By that point it was May & summer was quickly approaching …so I decided to wait a few months because I knew we would be traveling back and forth out east & she wouldn’t be in her own bed. I will say this was a big regret on my end and my pediatrician had advised against it. The night training took a lot longer then the day and nap training because she was used to peeing once in the middle of the night in her pull up. If you can avoid this, I would highly recommend it. I had also read that most toddler’s are unable to hold their bladder over-night until they are age 3 and even if they are fully potty trained in the day they do not have control over their bladder when sleeping. We eventually figured out the bed-wetting after a period of trial and error. We moved her night-time milk to dinner-time, removed all liquids an hour before bed-time and ended up waking her up around 10:30-11 before we went to bed ourselves to see if she had to use the bathroom. This seemed to do the trick!… and that’s the end of my long-winded potty training story! If you’re just beginning your potty training journey please feel free to reach out with any specific questions relating to our experience and don’t hesitate to send me a DM or email! I love hearing from you guys.
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