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Potty training can be super stressful for any parent. Do I wait until the child is a certain age and then start to talk about it? How about until they show signs and then run with it? Should I just go with the flow and they will decide when they want to use the potty by themselves? So many questions and not enough solid answers. When do you start potty training?
Find Your Own Answers
Unfortunately I don’t have the answer as to when you should really start to potty train. But what I can tell you is to watch and learn from your child. Watch their face when they are peeing or pooping in their diaper. Learn what excites them when you are in the bathroom. I am not against bribery either! If you want to give them a piece of candy every time they have a success and that works for them too, then go for it!
There are so many resources out there available to parents about potty training. From Google, to your own mother, to the professionals and pediatricians and the neighbor next door who has 10 kids. They all have their own piece of advice to give. I am here to tell you that you need to find the answers that you are looking for based on your own child.
Every Child Is Different.
When my daughter, Capri, was still in diapers, she would get terrible diaper rash when she would poop. Her skin would just bubble up and almost blister. She wouldn’t let me even close to her and the screaming and tears were breaking my heart. We asked our pediatrician about it and he gave us some cream, but that didn’t really help. I watched what she would eat and drink and finally decided that she needed to just learn to use the potty for pooping.
Start When You Think It Is The Right Time
To be honest, she wasn’t ready to be potty trained. But believe me when I tell you that as soon as she learned she could go poop in the potty and it wouldn’t hurt her anymore, she never looked back. Peeing was a different story.
It took us a bit longer to potty train with pee, which I have heard is backwards for most kids. By age 3, she was 100% daytime potty trained, but nighttime potty training was another beast we had to tackle.
Talk to Your Child
Her dad and I asked and asked and asked why she wouldn’t get up in the middle of the night to pee. I figured it was because she was just sleeping through peeing. Plus she was always disappointed first thing in the morning when she would be wet. That is no way to wake up in the morning.
There was a time for a week that I would wake her up in the middle of the night to get her pee and then send her back to bed. But she was like a rock sleeping and it took me longer to wake her up than it was to get her to pee. Was it worth it to interrupt her sleep to get her to pee? No.
There were also times that she would get out of bed and go to the bathroom in the middle of the night at her grandmother’s house when she would stay overnight there. But when she would come home, she would just pee in her nighttime diaper again at night. What gives? Finally she told her grandmother that it is too dark in her room and the bathroom and she’s scared to get up and pee.
Don’t Be Afraid to Use Potty Training Products
Cam was born when I probably should’ve been really pushing Capri to nighttime potty train but I wanted sleep. So we stuck to wearing GoodNites Bedtime Pants for Girls. They are awesome and she rarely pees through them. The nights that she does pee through them are times when she really had a lot to drink before bed. And they are FULL when she does wake up. She understands that they are nighttime diapers and doesn’t like wearing them (because diapers are for babies) but she also doesn’t like waking up with a wet bed.
Once I learned that Capri was scared of the dark, I searched high and low for night lights for her room and the bathroom. Have you heard of the IllumiBowl Toilet Night Light? It was on Shark Tank and is AWESOME and I am glad I found it! It is this tiny little device that suctions to your toilet and when motion activated, it lights up the potty in the dark! There are 8 different colors in the light and you can choose 1 color or set it to rotate through them all. My daughter thinks the rotating colors look cool and so do I. Our bathroom is pretty dark at night so when she walks into the doorway, the potty lights up. This little light has helped us so much in our nighttime potty training! Of course the suction cups don’t stay on forever, and I had to reactive it once by taking the batteries out and putting them back in because our bathroom is so dark, but beyond that, the IllumiBowl Toilet Night Light has really helped with nighttime potty training success.
Don’t Get Upset
Capri still isn’t 100% night time potty trained, but she is waking up dry more days than wet. I don’t ever get upset with her and we cheer together when she is dry in the morning. And now Cam is getting in on the action. At only 15 months he is wanting to sit on the potty during the day and makes the “psssss” noise. Will he be my easy-to-train kid? Can I get lucky? I have stayed super positive with him for wanting to try and I have encouraged Capri to cheer him on with me. It is now a big celebration when people go to the bathroom in our house! Don’t be in shock if you come over and the kids are clapping for you when you use the bathroom. Just go with it!
Everyone Pees and Poops
We all do it. It is natural. But I was hard to potty train. Capri was hard to potty train. My husband was easy to potty train. Fingers crossed that Cam is easy too! This tells me that we are all different but still the same. Let your kids know that everyone has to learn to use the potty and it isn’t just them. Be open about it. Don’t get embarrassed when they start a conversation about it with your waitress at dinner. She uses the potty too. And you never know who will influence your child and leave a lasting impression on them to actually use the potty.
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