Potty training time! I can’t believe I’m here with Kingston! It feels like we were just bringing him home from the hospital. My baby boy has officially entered the toddler stage. Potty training is such a big milestone for everyone in the fam, it makes me a little emotional knowing my baby boy is growing up! I’m not crying…
I’m no potty training expert, but I’m just going to share with you the things that have worked for me so here we go! A lot of you asked, “How do you know when it’s a good time to start?” Of course, every child is different, but one and a half felt like a good time for us to get the ball rolling. For me, this meant introducing all things potty and getting them excited about it! Reading potty books, going to the store and buying their own potty together, having them sit on their potty, and showing them their new pull-ups and underwear. The more you can have them understand the concept of potty time the better they will do. I have also found that rewards are KEY! Put them on the toilet and see what happens. They may surprise you. I put Kingston on the other day and he went #1 & #2, I was shocked! I praised him and we celebrated his victory with a treat! I 1000% believe in a reward system, I gave him a few fruit loops which I call candy and he loved it!
I will try to repeat this routine throughout the day especially after he eats. That way he can start to understand this process. London was a really quick learner. I tried doing the naked method with her. Some parents swear by this tactic for potty training. The basic idea of the naked method is letting your child go naked at home encourages them to use the potty since they have no diaper to go into. This did not work for London, she was more confused by the fact that she wasn’t wearing pants LOL. So we went cold turkey. No diapers, just underwear. She had a few accidents but her actually feeling wet and uncomfortable resonated with her and she soon realized she had to make it to the potty. We also sang the song BODY by Megan Thee Stallion and changed it to Potty-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody-ody and she loved it! We never know what’s going to stick, they all learn differently so I say try it all!
Set yourself up for success, pick a weekend that you can really give it your full and undivided attention. Let it be pretty much the only task you need to complete. You and your baby will bond so much over this time because they truly love feeling the support from you. I hope these tips were helpful and let me know how it goes!