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My Potty Training Method

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The next few posts are going to be about how killer my January was/is. I did a lot of R&D for my blog (aka, reading about blogging coupled with living my life, and finding blogging inspiration there within!), so here’s your first taste of my January wins.

Tiny Tallman is potty trained! 

Yay! I’m on my way to not owning diapers in this house (and maybe more importantly, not buying them)!  To be fair, he wears them at night still, but he usually wakes up dry; I’d say he has an 80% success rate at waking up dry 😀.

Potty training was quick and easy for tiny Tallman, and my older two, too. Here’s how I did it:

I started introducing him to the idea a few months ago. I kinda sorta tried then, but didn’t put in too much effort because, honestly, I knew the commitment it takes to potty train right and I didn’t want to dedicate my life to it just yet.  And, I wasn’t convinced he was totally ready anyway. But I knew that introducing the idea to him would be beneficial later on.

We have a trip coming up soon, and I finally decided in January that I wanted to git ‘er done so it was time to commit to the potty training process. Now, I think two things helped this process be really quick: obviously, he was ready, and he had already had experience sitting on the potty. Actually a few months ago, he used to enjoy sitting on the toilet even though nothing came out! It was a little annoying for me, but I knew “all in good time.”

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So here it is:

  1. Upon waking up, tell your child you’re going to go peepee and poopy on the potty, so tell mommy if you need to go. Remove their overnight diaper and pants and have them roam bottomless.
  2. Remain bottomless all day. (Can’t go anywhere obviously! That’s the commitment part 🙃). Give lots of juice, ask every few minutes if they need to go. Lay towels around if need be! Use a regular potty chair right where the action is: we pretty much lived in the TV room, with the toys and cartoons on, and the potty chair always within a few feet of reach!
  3. You *may* add trying adding underwear on the second half of the 2nd day, or if you think your kid is ready. But just underwear! If your child has lots of accidents, go back to bottomless. (Again, you’re stuck at home, asking every few minutes that same question! And keep your washing machine free, you’ll have some wet underwear most likely).
  4. On the third day, add underwear based on your child’s success rate. And of course, you’re speaking encouraging words and reacting enthusiastically on successes and not getting upset when there is an accident. You just remind your child that they need to go peepee in the potty. Once your child is successful for a day or two in just underwear, add pants.

Now, in my experience, if you’re not successful at staying dry by the 2nd or 3rd day bottomless, the child is simply not ready. I kinda rushed into underwear because it just seemed like he was ready, and I ended up having to go back to bottomless, and keep reminding him in simple, positive terms that the underwear has to stay dry and peepee goes in the potty. Potty training is, above all else, a trial and error process in my experience. And a close second, is it takes commitment. It is your life while you are living with it! When I was working, I would save it for a long weekend or a week off (I was a teacher, so I did have that luxury.) In my experience, it really worked best when it was just me and my kid in my house for those first 3 crucial days.

How do I know if my kid is ready? In my opinion, the only way to know is to try. Tiny Tallman isn’t a talker to put it mildly, so he wasn’t walking around saying he was ready. And honestly, he seemed perfectly content in his diaper, too. He didn’t seem bothered by a dirty diaper. Those are supposed to be signs according to experts. Rarely are kids ready before age 2 1/2, but I’ve certainly heard of kids that have been! Trying it out in a positive fashion is the way that’s worked for me to know if my toddler is ready for potty training.

As far as the potty seat, we have had great luck with it versus starting straight on the toilet. I have encouraged them to sit on both, and my kids didn’t mind either. But the potty seat is their height, their feet don’t dangle, and it’s portable. I find that it’s the easiest way when they are first learning. I bring it with me wherever I go now, too, just in case. I’ll probably travel with it for the first month or two, and really it’s for my own peace of mind! But, he will go on any toilet.

As with everything here at The Shortest Tallman, this is totally and utterly my own experiences and what worked for me! Every kid and family is different. With this potty training approach, I will say any time I tried to cheat or modify this method, I would hit a wall. But by all means, your child may work better with a different approach! Just google some ideas, talk to your pediatrician, and pick what you think might work for you. This was what worked for us! How did it work for you?


1 Comment

  • Sandie January 26, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Way to go Tiny T!! And mommy too!!


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