I decided to write down my “potty story” so I can share with Taylor one day or know what to do/ not to do for the next.
I’ve been dreading the day I would have to potty train Taylor before she was even born. I’ve heard horror stories about being trapped at home for weeks still teaching, or never being able to stay long in public. I’m always on the go so again I’ve been dreading this day. Several months ago Taylor started hating diapers. She hated the process of changing, but on the other hand, when she was “dirty” she would go get a diaper, lay down, and cry out for me to change her. First sign I knew she might be ready. However, she seems so young to me. A friend of mine told me to buy a potty chair and just have it by the toilet. She told me it might stay there for months, but eventually Tay will become curious about it. Sure enough, in April, Devin and I took Tay to the store and picked out a potty. Taylor was SO excited. We came home and without me making a big deal about it Tay started using the potty every once in a while. Since Taylor’s one-year-old class didn’t have a potty in her room I didn’t push it. Next sign I knew Taylor was ready, she began taking her dolls to go pee pee on the potty. She received a doll that would pee after having a bottle and Tay was so excited to put that one on the potty too.
I think I’ve asked everyone I know about their potty experience. It’s funny how everyone’s story is so different. I guess it totally depends on your child. I took everyone’s advice and made it my own. Yes Taylor is only 22 months old but I knew she was ready. She was probably ready even sooner but this timing seemed right for us. Sunday night I cried just thinking Tay wasn’t a little baby anymore. I wasn’t as ready but I knew she was so ready.
The day I was dreading was here. Monday morning Taylor woke up and I informed her we were throwing away all diapers and she was a big girl now. She loved going around the house throwing away all the diapers. Then I told her I had a special gift for her, pretty panties. I had her pick out the pair she wanted to wear. At first I thought this part backfired on me (later I’m so glad I did it this way). For the first hour she spent trying on all 16 pair over and over and over again and looking at herself in the long mirror and giggling at herself. I was afraid if I told her she couldn’t put a new one on until she “went” she would “go” in her panties to get a new pair, so I just went with it. I filled her up with juice and put her on the potty. She went right away. We cheered, did the potty dance, the whole-nine-yards. She got her M&M and we repeated. However, I found out she was more interested in picking out her new panties than the M&M. Granted she loved her M&M’s but a lot of times she would forget because she was so excited to pick out her new pair of panties. Go figure. First day people told me to make sure to have at least 15-20 pairs of underwear. Taylor went through 6. Which was pretty good considering she peed
well over 20 or 30 times ALL day long. This girl can drink/ pee. My first day’s goal was to have her use the potty and be comfortable. Only 6 accidents. Check! My second day’s goal was to get her to tell me when she wanted to go. Instead of putting her on the potty every 15-20 minutes I had her tell me. Only 2 accidents. Check! The third day my goal was to take her in public and go potty in a unfamilier setting. We went to a friend’s house that is potty training at the same time. She only lives 8 minutes away. 1 accident. Check! Today is the fourth day. My last goal was to have her go out in public for long periods and use the public restroom (so gross, but we have to learn). We went to our Mommy and Me Class (only 30 minutes). Tay went to the potty there before and after the class. Then we stopped by Chick-fil-a (I picked it because the restrooms seem the cleanest haha!) and she went there like a pro (brought her potty seat for germ factor). Note to self: don’t pick an automatic flushing toilet as a first public restroom experience. I’ve never seen Tay jump so high while half way doing her business. Then we took Devin lunch at his work. Now Tay is down for a nap. No accidents today. Check!
It was so much easier than I thought but it’s only the 4th day. Several people have told me a few weeks in their child got “bored” and wanted to go back to diapers. We’ll see. I’m so proud of Taylor.
I friend told me about this portable potty seat that will fit in a purse. I’m going to Walmart some time this week to get one.
Since we spent a lot of time at home we started making up games. This is Tay playing peek-a-boo with a picture frame. 🙂