Do you ever feel like life is going so fast and you’re struggling to stay on top of it all? No? Just me? Seriously, I feel like This has been one of the busiest seasons of my life so far. Because of that, I’ve been neglecting certain areas, this blog being one of them. For that, I apologize! One exciting thing that happened recently is that we completed potty training. I’ve sort of been dreading this task. Anyone I asked and everything I’ve read about potty training under 2 years of age (especially boys), was all very discouraging.
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Most people and online articles advised waiting until at least two, some even suggesting waiting until three! However, we decided to give it a go with our 22-month-old boy, because diaper changes were becoming more and more of a struggle. I’m so glad we went for it, and I wanted to share some tips and tricks that worked for us! We started about a month ago, and by the end of week one, we were only having about one accident per day. By the end of the third week, accidents were almost nonexistent!
What you’ll need:
- Patience!! It’s so important to be patient and calm during this process, as negative reactions can make children feel shame and have bad associations with the potty. Praise success, and don’t make a big deal out of accidents.
- A potty. You can use a standalone potty or an attachment for the toilet. We got both and let him choose the one he’s more comfortable with (standalone).
- Lots of juice or kiddos favorite drink. Have them drink a lot so that they go potty often, and learn what their body is doing.
- Treats and rewards. You can do stickers or toys or candy. We used m&ms and organic gummy bears for number 1, and mini milky ways for number 2. And lots of praise for every success and triumph.
- Underwear. Bonus if they have your child’s favorite character(s) on them. You can also go shopping for the undies together with your little big kid so that they can get excited about picking out their own big kid underwear.
- Cleaning supplies for accidents. Towels or paper towels, disinfectant spray and wipes. You also should probably stick to just one area of the house, preferably where there are no carpets or rugs for easier cleanup.
Day 1: I let him hang out naked in the living room, giving him lots to drink (juice diluted with water) and putting him on the potty every 20-30 minutes (I kept the potty in the living room and played potty videos on YouTube). Day one was lots of accidents, but whenever he successfully went in the potty, I’d praise him and give him a small treat. Whenever he had an accident, I’d just tell him peepee goes in the potty, and I’d clean it up. For nap and sleep, we used pull-ups.
Day 2: I kept everything the same (minus the videos), but he had way fewer accidents. He got excited whenever he went on the potty, clapping and giving me high fives.
Day 3: Same process, but this time with undies. He had a few accidents, but he was really starting to get the hang of it. I also moved the potty into the bathroom.
Every day after that he got better and better. By day four, we ventured out with him. We did use pull-ups though, and he felt it because he just went in the pull-ups. Because of this, we stopped using pull-ups except for sleep. When we went out, we would have him go potty right before leaving, and also took the potty with us and put it in the trunk of the car. After a couple weeks, he was almost complete accident-free, and he didn’t expect treats anymore (except for every once in a while). We even did a road trip and a week at our parents’ house, and the only time he had accidents was when we weren’t around and grandparents/uncles didn’t understand that he was asking to go potty.
Eventually, we’ll switch to the big potty, and we’ll attempt sleep with underwear instead of pull-ups (he likes his milk before sleep). For now, we’ll just celebrate this accomplishment. We are so proud of our little guy for being such a champ through this undertaking. And I’m thrilled that we don’t have to deal with diapers anymore! The process was not the easiest thing in the world, but it was seriously so worth it!
Do you have any potty training tips or tricks?