Potty training is the first right of passage that every child and parent goes through. It can be tough, but in the end it’s so rewarding. Joshua wasn’t potty trained until he was almost 4! Every time I would go to the store I would tell him “I am not buying Pull-Ups anymore. This is the last bag.” And the next week I would be back. He wanted nothing to do with the potty. He was scared. I was frustrated. The preschool was even telling me that he couldn’t move up into the 4 year old class until he was potty trained. I had no idea what to do. I felt like we had tried everything.
Then, one morning while I was getting him ready for preschool he said “I want to wear underwear to school.” Eek! Progress! We had worn underwear over his Pull-Up lots of times, but this was the first time he had asked. When I got out a new Pull-Up to put on him, he said “No, underwear.” I about jumped out of my skin! I was so excited. He wanted to ditch the diaper!
We went to school and I told the teacher so she could keep an eye out and to expect an accident. He had never gone potty at school before. When I picked him up that afternoon he was still in the same clothes. She said he had gone all day long. What?! That night when we got ready for bed he was still accident free and when I went to put a Pull-Up on him for bed he said “No, mom.” I thought, ok…. and was expecting a middle of the night wake up call. But to my surprise, the next morning he was dry.
After he chose to wear underwear, he never had an accident. Ever. (Well, except when he couldn’t find a bathroom!) I was so happy! (Although part of me was thinking “You stinker! You could do it the whole time!”) He was happy.
So while potty training can be hard, remember each child is different. But that moment of “getting it” is so worth it!
Here are some potty training tips!
“While potty training Sam, we learned that patience was key. Rushing it or pushing Sam beyond his comfort level just didn’t work for us. By allowing him to go at his own pace, we were able to encourage him to check out the potty and then become comfortable using it. Once he felt comfortable, we were able to establish a routine and reward system that led us to success!”
Stephanie is the mom to Sam and the author of Spaceships and Laser Beams. If you ever need party ideas her site is the place to visit! Specializing in all things boy, it’s full of inspiration! Follow her on Twitter here!
“Potty training can be so difficult, especially for boys. Our best tip is to have a rewards system in place, whether it’s stickers, candy, or money! Also, being consistent is key. One thing that really worked for us was buying character underwear. Pick a pack or two of their favorite characters and they’ll wanna be BIG kids then!!”
Jenni is the mom of one and the author of Sweet Pennies From Heaven. A hearth and home website, Sweet Pennies From Heaven focuses on recipes, crafts and creating a comfortable home. Follow her on Twitter here!
” I have to say patience is the best thing you can have when potty training. My son was definitely on his own time when it came to potty training. When he decided he was ready and comfortable, potty training was a breeze. Hang in there Moms! It will come!”
Amanda is the mom to Joshua and owns It’s a Fabulous Life. If you are looking for a one stop place for all things mom, It’s a Fabulous Life is it! Full of recipes, fashion, DIY projects, recipes and parenting articles it’s the place for all of Mom’s favorites to come together! Follow her on Twitter here!
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