We are so proud of our little man! Just this week, he’s started using the bathroom all by himself! He’s getting on and off the potty, wiping, flushing and washing all on his own. Of course, this change didn’t transpire overnight – it’s been a long time coming. It is, however, a huge relief to us. You see, Nathan’s been potty trained since February-ish, but he’s been too short to get on and off of the potty by himself. Or reach the lightswitch. Or wash his hands. So, every time he has to go, he’s been telling us and we help. Yeah, I could have bought a stepstool and sped this along, but our bathroom is so tiny I didn’t want it shuffling around to trip over so I just didn’t. Independence is strong in this one right now and we are letting it blossom in several areas. This is one of them. He’s finally gotten tall enough to conquer this himself and we are (silently) cheering him on like maniacs every time he makes his announcement and heads to the bathroom.
Potty training held a lot of trepidation for me. Talk about an area I had absolutely no experience in! Nathan was just past 2 when I had that “this is completely disgusting – I’m done with diapers – It’s time” moment. Like everyone, I began research by questioning the Oracle. I read blog posts and articles and kept turning up the same book recommendation; Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right by Jamie Glowacki. I got my hands on it licket-split and started reading. Then I had my husband read. And then we planned the date to begin. It took me about two weeks of preparation before we began.
There are plenty of blog posts out there detailing the comedy and tragedy of potty training. Suffice it to say that the rewards are fully worth it. Completely worth it. And not nearly as hard as I had expected. We stayed firm, and followed each step of the process outlined in Oh Crap! And is worked like magic! Within two weeks, the worst was over and never to be revisited again. Within 2 months, he was night trained as well – and that part he more or less did on his own. We simply noticed he wasn’t wet in the morning and let him wear the “big boy” pants to bed. And by the end of eight months, he’s basically independent and has a pair of very proud parents.
So, my potty training advice? Check out Oh Crap! and see if it’s the method for you. Prepare yourself mentally and start talking to your child about getting rid of the baby diapers and how they’re going to be a big boy/girl. Encourage them and get them excited about it. I am in 100% agreeance with the author of this book where she talks about how we don’t just let our children learn how to tie their shoes or how to read. We teach them. And this is the first big thing we get to teach them how to do. Delaying it too long can lead to bigger problems down the road and nobody wants that. Good Luck in your journey!