Have you ever stood in way of your child’s potty training? I was convinced I didn’t need a training potty. I read all about them online and decided it was just too much trouble. They’re gross (this coming from someone who cloth diapered), and after the child learns to use them, THEN they have to learn to use the big potty. It seemed like an unnecessary step.
So feeling very educated and proud of myself, I purchased potty seat adapters and step stools for all the bathrooms in my house. Then I tried the bare bottom method of potty training.
It was a disaster. My daughter freaked out when she went potty, and then SUPER freaked out when I put her on the potty. She would cry that she was falling and would hold on to me for dear life.
No problem. She just wasn’t ready yet, right? So we’d stop for awhile, and try again in a month or so. Same results. She’s nearly three, and all her little friends were potty trained by nineteen months old. But all kids are different and stuff... right?
Preschool is starting in a few months, and she has to be potty trained. So I finally gave in. We bought some singing potty contraption. The only reason I was okay with it is because it at least looked like a toilet, so maybe the transition between little potty and big potty wouldn’t be so bad? I showed her the potty, and within twenty four hours she was using it every single time. So we put underwear on her, and for maybe two days she adjusted to the fact that panties were not diapers, and now she’s using the potty every single time.
Oh, and my fears of it being such a hard transition? Two days on the little potty and now if she’s too far from the little potty, she runs to the big potty and uses it without any issues. Zero prompting from me. When we’re out of the house, she uses public potties without any problem.
So I’m feeling a bit stupid. Who knows, had I bought a training potty she could have been diaper free for who knows how long.
I know this isn’t the hot topic of the week, but I could really use some funny stories to make me feel a little less stupid. So confess your worst potty training moments or misconceptions. I can’t be the only Mom unintentionally stood in the way of their child’s potty training. Can I?