I could remember a time where I could not wait for Jaden to be potty trained. Getting a diaper on a wiggly vocal toddler was something I DREADED. And don’t even get me started on trying to find the best places to change dirty diapers while we were out. I thought a potty trained little one would be the answer to all of my diapering problems. Boy was I wrong! We’ve literally been training for months. I’m so proud of Jaden’s progress and we can finally see the finish line on the horizon. But getting there certainly was not a breeze. I’m sharing 10 things I learned while potty training below!
10 Things I Learned While Potty Training
1. You will think you’re saving money by cutting diapers only to realize diapers have been replaced with flushable wipes and Clorox wipes.
2. If you have a boy, your walls, floor AND ceilings will become target practice. Basically everything except the inside of the toilet.
3. Just as you get comfortable and think they’re off to sleep, they suddenly become aware of their bladder. Your little ones will become master of the potty only when it’s time for bed. They’re also masters of stalling. This is a battle you will surely lose.
4. Your little one now feels a sense of independence which leads to a chorus of “Let me do it!” “I want to do it!” All. Day. Long…
5. If you thought you were dumping the diaper bag, you thought wrong. Even at 2 or 3 years old, you’ll still find yourself lugging around everything but the kitchen sink. But maybe at this point you can swap the diaper bag for a toddler backpack or a cute purse!
6. If you hated public changing tables, I have bad news for you. You’ll hate public toilets for your little one even more.
7. Better yet, you better start thinking of creative ways to keep their little hands from touching literally everything in the public stalls.
8. Patience is key. Your little ones are determined not only to get this right but to get it right on their own time.
9. Be prepared to toss away the brand new Mickey Mouse underwear he or she was so excited about. Some things just can’t be saved… Nor should they.
10. Embrace every moment. While it seems like a long tough road for mom, dad and little one, there will soon come a time where they won’t need or want your help any longer.
Happy Potty Training! And if you find yourself frustrated through the process, stop now and go check out my tips to Finding Inner Peace!