Nothing anyone could have told me would have adequately prepared me for the roller coaster of emotions I’d face with potty training my child. First, there was the realization that Little One was moving onto a new milestone. I know I should have been embracing all her newest milestones, but part of me felt emotional since potty training was like saying goodbye to her babyhood. She was growing up far too quickly for my liking. I wanted to try to prolong those precious moments and savour my time with my baby.
Then came the frustrations that went hand in hand with potty training. Little One displayed signs that she was ready to ditch her diapers and was using her potty like a pro just before she turned 2. Then all of a sudden, she decided she just didn’t want to have anything to do with potty training all together.
I tried positive reinforcement, potty training books and tools, making potty training fun, giving her stickers…and eventually other incentives
chocolate…bribery. I didn’t understand why Little One was obsessed with potty training and then all of a sudden lost interest. We kept encouraging her and about 8 or 9 months later, she gave up her diapers for good and wanted to use the big girl potty. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking. I thought that we’d start potty training and she’d be trained really quickly. Our potty training experience took almost a year. By the time I took her to the Philippines, she was already potty trained. Thank goodness, because that’s a long flight! I was grateful that I didn’t have to change diapers while taking her on an adventure to the other end of the world!
So hard to believe Little One went from this:
I think the key really was to let her do things on her own time. She let us know when she was ready. Oh, and was she ever ready! It seemed to happen so quickly after that!
Potty Training Journeys
When I think of our potty training journey, it was rocky to say the least. That was about three years ago and back then, I didn’t have the same kind of support system I do now with social media being a large part of my life. Now it’s so easy to hop onto Twitter or Facebook if you have a parenting question or need tips on potty training (or anything else for that matter). I love that parents can share and offer support via various social media platforms.
My friend, Tammy from InRDream.com shares her potty training journey in a Pampers video here:
I love this video and just had to share it! I love Tammy’s attitude towards potty training and parenting. Okay, seeing Tammy and little Oakley made me a little weepy! The video made me miss Little One at that age! I sometimes wish I could freeze time and hang onto all those precious moments.
In case you haven’t seen the fabulous Pampers videos that highlight real mom experiences from fellow PGmoms, you can view them here:
Rachel Cleland talks about joining 500,000 Canadian parents in the Pampers Village community.
Sarah Lynn shares some sweet moments with us as she plays and explores with her little girl Hannah.
Stacey Kazmir and her sweet little Lucas make me smile as she shares tips for new moms.
Tammy Mitchell and her adorable and active two-year-old son, Oakley take the potty training journey.
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