This is momentous in my household. Huge It is the first time in 8 and a half years that I don’t have to buy diapers. Since Grace has been born, I have never NOT had one, two or three children in diapers at all times. Loosely, I figure I’ve purchased and disposed of over 25,000 diapers. The thought of the amount of landfill those have occupied makes me shudder, but the thought of NOT using disposable diapers makes me shudder harder.
Now that I have 5 potty trained little individuals I think I am somewhat of an expert (snicker) in potty training. Here’s my advice. And please, keep it a secret because if word leaks out the potty training industry might suffer. Wait, why would I care about that? Shout it from the rooftops if you want. Here it is:
Unless my children are some sort of potty training genius’, all that is needed to potty train a child is the desire. On their part. Without exception, I knew that my children were ready to potty train when they cried when I tried to put a diaper on them and they asked for underwear. I didn’t use special potty chairs or tangible incentives (I think verbal praise goes a long way). What I do do is put them in big kid underwear, and help them to use the bathroom when they need to. Once they are successful for a week…….no diapers during the day at all, then they get to go to the store and pick out their own package of underwear. I usually use a Pull Up at night for the first few weeks to make sure they are dry through that stretch and if they are, then the Pull Ups disappear and we are home free. And that’s where we are now. And I couldn’t be happier. Wait, I could be. When I’m officially done wiping butts I’ll be a happier woman.
Now, for all of you that have multiples, potty training has added perks. Like two potty using machines in the bathroom at seemingly all times fighting over who gets to go first, and once that is settled, being their siblings cheering team. After of course trying their hardest to stick their own head in the toilet to make sure stuff is coming out. And the best part? Two or more sets of clothing to take off and put back on every. single. time. they. need. to. go.