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Okay moms- let’s talk potty training! I am, admittedly, a potty-training dropout. We started (and quit) potty training 4 times before it finally stuck. Is that normal? (Please someone tell me it is!!!) I hear constantly that potty training girls is “easy”. Girls just “take” to potty training. Well let me tell you something- my little twonager did NOT simply “take” to potty training, but with a little help from Pull-Ups® Cool & Learn® Training Pants and our Daily Schedule I am finally feeling successful at this potty training thing!
We tried the naked potty training, the potty training charts, candy, ipads, living in the bathroom… you name it- I tried it. You know what’s really sad? I’ve potty trained several students using stickers and potty charts and I have given COUNTLESS friends advice about the need for a potty chart. So what do you know??? Potty charts meant NOTHING to my toddler.
Of course, I believed so completely in the magic of a potty chart that I kept creating new ones. Let’s try one where you get a sticker. Okay, now let’s try one where you get to scratch off the potty for a surprise. Oh that doesn’t work either??? Well let’s try… I cannot tell you the hours I put into creating elaborate potty charts that were basically worthless. So, sweet, tired mom that is so over cleaning up tee-tee…. I feel you! Potty training is a JOB and you basically live in potty training purgatory foreverrrrrrrr.
When it finally began to “stick” I lived in fear of leaving the yard… so we didn’t. For a week I was terrified to put my freshly potty trained toddler in the car- I mean- what do you do? If I put her in a diaper would she just tee tee in it? If I didn’t and she wet her carseat … ? It’s 100 degrees in Georgia during the summer… that smell would never come out!
But let’s be honest! Staying home with 2 toddlers 24 hours a day for 7 days is basically torture!!! I knew I had to get us out of the house and for that- I needed a plan!
If you’re suffering my kind of potty training hell, I’m sharing two of the tricks that helped me GET OUT OF THE HOUSE. By this point you are probably a little desperate and willing to try anything- who knows!?! One of these could be your golden ticket, too!
Potty Training On-The-Go
When I finally gathered the courage to leave the house with my newly potty trained two year old I knew I needed a game plan. It’s simply not always safe or feasible to drag both children into a public bathroom and our errands rarely follow the same pattern as Whit’s bladder!
In our house we prefer to call our Pull-Ups® Cool & Learn® Training Pants “Special Panties”- and thank goodness they come in Sofia the First since she’s our favorite! We save our special panties for naptime, bedtime, and outings which means Whitlee looks forward to wearing them. She excitedly runs to her drawer to grab some special panties and we have a very in depth conversation about keeping Sofia dry because she does not like to be pottied on.
I have several friends that prefer to skip the portable potty and go straight for using the big potty, but we love our portable potty! It travels in the back of our van everywhere we go. Most days I simply sit Whit on the potty in the back of the van before and after our errands (but I’m not above dragging it into a public bathroom when the need arises). This has saved us on so many long road trips! I keep an emergency potty kit in the car with all the essentials for potty training on-the-go!
Here’s what you need:
- Large laundry basket
- Portable potty
- Plastic bags
- Huggies Wipes
- Pull-Ups Cool & Learn Training Pants
- Change of clothes
- Bottle of water
- Storage drawers
1- Fill storage container with extra clothes, wipes, plastic bags, and Pull Ups. Store water for rinsing potty. (I wipe mine down with a baby wipe once it’s been rinsed.)
2- Pack it all into the laundry basket so items cannot shift and spill while you are driving. I tried loading the diaper bag, loading a separate bag, shoving a bag with all the necessary items in the potty, but for us the laundry basket is key! I cannot stand for items to be spilled loosely all around me and this system solves that problem.
Daily Schedule & Potty Training
One of the biggest issues I had with Whitlee was actually getting her to sit on the potty frequently. Once the potty infatuation wore off it was meltdown city every time I mentioned going to the potty. Obviously this meant increased accidents because she refused to go potty, but it also made leaving the house even harder!
Whitlee has always been interested in what we are doing and when, so I began using a Daily and Monthly schedule to let her know what was coming. Adding a potty icon to our Daily Schedule helped Whitlee get into the routine of going frequently. We would often check our calendar and say “Yay! Time for swimming but first potty!” and suddenly she simply went. No more tears, no more meltdowns, just “business” as usual.
I prefer our schedule to be free-floating so I can bring it to Whit instead of dragging her to the schedule each day. Since I print our schedule on magnetic paper I use a magnetic dry erase board as our Daily Schedule’s home base. These can be found at Walmart in all colors and sizes!
To create your own Daily Schedule:
1-Print this FREE printable Daily Schedule on magnetic paper (or print on regular paper, laminate and add magnets to the back).
2- Cut the Daily Schedule apart.
3-Organize your Daily Schedule each day. To keep it from being overwhelming I arrange the schedule twice each day: wake up to nap, wake up to bedtime.
4-Attach an envelope to your Daily Schedule so your child can remove activities once they are completed.
5- Allow your child to use the Daily Schedule as a way to encourage using the potty.
Want to learn more about your child’s potty training personality? Check them out here!
Turns out we are definitely the turtle: reluctant to change, slow to warm up, and s.t.u.b.b.o.r.n.! (Although I could see a little bit of owl in my Whitlee, too!) The good news is, my youngest is more of a puppy or bear so maybe potty training with her will be a breeze!
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