I went away on a weekend trip, and my hubby potty trained our 2 year old while I was gone.
I tried to talk him into starting a blog called “How I potty-trained my 2 year old while her Mom was at #Blissdom09,” but he was hesitant.
Instead, I convinced him to share his tips here (because seriously, she’s had very few accidents, is not using pull ups and really gets it!) He wanted me to convey that when I left town, our toddler had a strong interest and a new package of Dora panties. So, he can’t take full credit.
Before I outline his best-selling potty training tips, I have to tell you something funny.
In the middle of one of the sessions, my phone vibrated. I knew it was important because it wasn’t the normal text message my hubby had been sending. I snuck away and had this conversation:
“Hey, she’s going to the bathroom really well, but I must be doing something terribly wrong!”
“Well, sometimes the pee shoots in 7 1/2 different streams! Why? What am I doing wrong? It’s like a fountain and I just got hit in the face!”
It was really hard to return to my session. Because I wanted to continue rolling on the floor laughing.
What a guy. Huh?
So. Without further ado, the tips (according to him, but written by me):
1. Let your child be in the bathroom with you to watch, flush, participate.
Me: Yeah, so we have no privacy. Works well for potty-training. But I draw the line at letting someone else wipe me. Because our girl is very helpful!
2. Watch for signs. Your child will let you know when they are ready. When they are interested, take the opportunity. Don’t miss this window.
Me: I mentioned to my hubby before my trip that she was interested. But it was a really inconvenient time to start potty training. I probably would have told her just to keep using the diaper. I’m so glad he didn’t.
3. Let your child participate. Give them choices of underwear and be flexible. Our daughter didn’t use the cute potty chair my wife bought once. If I’d forced the issue, she wouldn’t have trained.
HI! I'm Kristen. I'm here to encourage you as a wife and mom and remind you there's a little bit of THAT family in all of us. I write books, run Mercy House and try to remember I am third (God first, others second). I'm glad you're here.