Potty training our daughter has been a sllloooowww process for us. Me, my hubbie and our daycare provider have all been going with the flow, being patient and offering our support to Teagan. BUT honestly? I’m ready to move on! I’m so sick of changing diapers! Although, Teagan has different feelings about it. Sitting in her yucky diaper never seems to bother her. What bothers her is having to stop so we can change her icky diaper! We bought her a potty when she turned 2. I read that 2 was a good time to introduce toddlers to potty training. Teagan actually loved the idea of her own potty. She used it a bunch of times and we were so HAPPY (I’m sure you guys can relate!). Until one day she decided that she didn’t want to pee ANYMORE! And that’s how it she put. “I’m not peeing…ANYMORE!” (sigh). We were doing so well. Well, we decided not to fret over it. Hubbie and I figured that she’d eventually come around. We all learn, right? What’s the point of pressuring her? Everyday, a few times per hour, we ask if she wants to use the potty. Some days she did, others she ran screaming from it. She finally went #2 on the potty. Ok, she only went once but it still counts. She had her poop face on (timing is everything, right?). I grabbed her as she grimaced and sprinted across the apartment to make placement on the potty. SUCCESS!
We have decided to cut out the training diapers and instead purchased a bunch of “big girl” underwear. She’s actually done really well with them. Accidents have been minimal and she’s going into the bathroom on her own. Sometimes she has too much fun and forgets to take a bathroom break. I’m avoiding candy and other bribery methods (not saying I won’t resort to that but I’m really trying my best not to). One tool we use is the Potty Caddy. My coworker gave us the Potty Caddy to test out. The Potty Caddy comes with stickers, a roll of TP, and some books that are the right size for toddlers. Teagan enjoys the little books that come with the Pottty Caddy and usually chills out for a short read (must be taking after daddy there). We’re running out of stickers and they’ve wound up all over the bathroom wall. I’m not “reviewing” the product but I thought I’d share just in case any of you are looking for another potty training tool.
This past weekend was a proud moment for us! She announced that she had to poo. She sat down on her potty and I told her I’d give her some privacy. After a minute or so she announced that she went. I walked in to her in a “ta-da” stance and…she did it! I called for my husband and we both cheered and told her how proud we were. Teagan was proud of herself as well. So we all hugged around her potty. We even called her daycare provider to share the news! Who knew that one of my proudest moments would involve poop? =) These milestone are really exciting….but, alas, my baby is growing up so fast. (sigh…)