Mom Confessions: Truths About Potty Training
When I potty trained my first son, it was a long, frustrating, exhausting, and what felt like never-ending battle of the wills. Of course, the end result was well worth it, even if it did take over 11 months. I'm in the midst of potty training my second son now, and it feels like much of the same. He physically is ready and has success, yet he has not 100% bought in to this potty business.
After two weeks of wearing underwear, he requested diapers, so that's what he is back to wearing. Yes, I'll admit I let my 3-year-old take control of the situation. I'm tired of the struggles to have him sit on the potty. I'm tired of changing his clothes six to seven times a day. I'm just plain tired. I know that when he is ready it will happen very quickly, so even though he is “potty training age,” we just aren't there yet.
Surprisingly enough, I am not alone in my struggles with potty training. Here are what other moms are confessing about potty training these days.
We have learned not to push a child if he/she isn't really ready. It's too stressful on everyone involved!! We tried too early with my son, and there were lots of tears all around! We waited a month, and it was SO much easier
The one thing we did that really made a difference with my daughter (who had no interest in pooping on the potty!) was to buy and wrap prizes. She picked out some herself, and there were a few “good” prizes mixed in with the small ones. We had done prizes before with no success, but she loved that they were wrapped! It was so motivating for her because she loved the surprise of unwrapping a prize! She was completely potty trained within two weeks after nearly six months of struggling. It really worked for us!
Julie Leach at Life as a Leach
With my first child, I made sure that as soon as she was 2, we started potty training. With my second, I had several friends recommend I don't even start trying till he was 3. And I didn't! When I did, it quickly became a power struggle and made everyone upset and frustrated. I decided to back off and then remained encouraging without forcing it. Sure enough, just a few weeks later, he started going and was totally potty trained within a few days!
Oh, and yes. Sleep training and day training are two totally different things. Don't stress having to do them at the same time.
Nicole Elliott at A Wyoming Girl Turned Coastie Wife
Before I got a fold-up travel potty seat, my daughter fell into a public toilet once. Thankfully, it was a freshly cleaned one!
Jennah Watters at Jennah's Garden
My two oldest are 15 and 13, [and] my youngest is 2. I confess: I have completely forgotten everything I learned with the other two! We are just starting training with my toddler, and I thought it would be a good idea to move her potty to a better spot after two weeks. She took her diaper off and went running to go. Then she peed on the floor where the potty had been. After, she looked at me and asked why I stole her “pee potty.”
We only got serious about potty training because Hen had to be potty trained to move to the next class at preschool. We NEED him to go to summer camp and preschool next year. We kept telling ourselves “he wasn't ready,” but he potty trained in one day so … Maybe we were the ones who weren't ready.
Drea Eisenberg at The Maiden Metallurgist
Truth for me, and I know others will not agree … but for ME, sticking with a method and dedicating yourself to it for however long (for me three-day method) was worth it and worked for us. I'm of the school of parenting where when I am ready … they will be ready, too. I do my research, I use common sense, I do go off my kids … but I sleep trained when age-appropriate and potty trained when age-appropriate.
Sarah Schultz at Nurse Loves Farmer
Spill it: What's your potty training confession?