homemade potty stool, photo via
It’s true that as of today my toddler will have been officially using the toilet for one week. It’s also true that it has been a year and a half in the making. Soooo I don’t know that I have the best advice. Though I will tell you what ultimately helped us.
- Not doing a rewards system. Mostly because, geez, this single mama does not have time for that. Also I don’t think I would like the effect of prizes/rewards on my particular toddler.
- Having two potties. We have a little potty and a seat adapter for the regular toilet. If I had to chose one I’d go with the seat adapter. Though two were helpful because, you know, going at the same time ‘n stuff. 😉 Plus the little potty can go with us out and about… (Also, one thing that helps with the big potty was this type of step stool).
- Not putting any pressure on myself. I first tried potty training when he was about one year old. Hey, I heard Swedish kids are potty trained by one! And I totally thought we could just power through it. Not so with my little guy! Wish I avoided putting pressure on myself to have him potty trained by a super young age. It is not a reflection of my parenting! It’s just a reflection of what he is ready for.
- Having underwear around as an option. I found my toddler was really enticed by this. Every once in a while he would ask to wear them out of the house. And every once in a while = accident. Until last week! Before that though, they were really great for practicing at home. And practicing choosing between diapers and underwear.
- Training in sessions. I never set a timer or anything but I did like the idea of using the potty in the morning at home and then a diaper for being out and about then back home and back to the potty for the afternoon. That’s what we’ve been doing very casually for the past several months.
- Diapers at nighttime (but not nap-time). Because nighttime needs to be for sleeping around here for now. Nap-time is great practice (and so far so good!)