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Like most parents, I could not wait for my kids to start potty training. The thought of saving money on diapers felt like we were going to hit the savings jackpot. Diapers are expensive, and I did not have the gumption to even think about reusable diapers.
Potty training can be challenging even if you have only one child. I have two. A boy and a girl. Planning our potty training strategy felt like I was planning for a some type of major life crisis. Honestly, your whole world changes when you make the decision to start potty training. Yes, it can be liberating for your wee one to experience the freedom from diapers, but now you have to plan literally every 15 minutes of your day and sometimes less if you are traveling.
Mr. or Mrs. Pee pants can strike at any minute. Sitting in the middle of traffic trying to get home and having your 3-year-old scream, “I have to pee!” brings on a new type of panic. You’re in a race to get to the nearest bathroom and declare a “Potty Emergency” to anyone that gets in your way! I remember those days.
So what’s a parent to do to overcome this life hurdle called potty training?
Well, you’ve got questions and I’ve got a great resource.
Becky had not written her book on potty training back when I was potty training my kids a few years ago. We had ole fashion tricks like “pee on a cheerio” and “stickers and m&m’s for a tinkle”. Sounds exciting, right? I will tell you one thing. Those mega sticker books at the dollar store are GREAT motivation, and they are cheap.
If I had to do it all over again, I would purchase Becky’s book in a hot second. Just from reading the title, you can see that this is an issue she has addressed on more than one occasion. In her book called Potty Train in a Weekend, you will find secrets to weekend potty training success.
We had a challenge with “#2” in our house. If you are new to parenting, “#2” is code for “poo”. I was all too familiar with bringing home a soiled pair of spider man undies due to #2. Nothing worse than being the recipient of the bag of shame as you pick up the kids at daycare. Little kid underwear is not cheap. I’d much rather clean and recycle vs. pitch and repurchase.
That brings me to my next point. With my two, we spent about a good two months on each kid making sure that we were 100% potty trained. Two months can be an extremely long time if you consider what part of the year you are in when you start. November and December, Santa’s bringing undies for Christmas. June and July…. well. We could probably get away with that one because most of our time is spent in bathing suits at the beach. I won’t elaborate any further on that one.
In theory, potty training can be a disaster. The reality is that Becky’s book, Potty Train in a Weekend takes the struggle away. I highly recommend a copy to any parent who ventures to start this journey soon, and also recommend this book as a gift (it’s an eBook so maybe something along with it like some nice new underpants for your tot would be good too).
I can’t wait to hear your success stories in potty training! Feel free to leave a comment on how it is going. We could all use the tips because everyone has to get potty trained at some point in their life!
Until the next hot mess…..