Potty training – Day 1!
After reading a few books on Potty training, I found Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right. I listened to this book on the Audible app, it was a great help for tips, what to expect and good strategies.
The best potty training techniques emphasize consistency and positive reinforcement over punishment – making it enjoyable for the child. The vast majority of studies concentrate on children 18 months old and older. In this age range, research suggests that children over 24 months train faster and girls train slightly faster than boys.
After practically no sleep with the 3 month old, we started potty training the toddler at 6 am the last weekend in December….
We decided (a month prior) that we would start on a long weekend and utilize the “no pants approach” for our older son. The good news is no school, no work, and a long weekend to spend on getting this right.
The Bad news, little did I know I would be running on empty thanks to the night before and we didn’t install/test the size of the potty seat prior to that morning – and of course it didn’t fit.
Recap of Day 1 –
- underwear gets confused for diapers
- Tile floors are awesome
- Laugh a lot
- Prepare in advance
- Just go naked, no underwear party for your child
- Paper towels
- Buy Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right.
- Read Potty training basics
So far I am happy, proud and excited for my son – and for us to save money on diapers, but at the same time it is a little sad that he is growing up so fast.
As we look back on this experience, I am sure we will laugh and view these memories as priceless. I know they say a picture is worth a thousand words, but not in this case…
If the boys look back at this when we all get older, hopefully we can all laugh.
Please let me know if you have any additional comments or advice.