The Potty Training Diaries

We’ve finally arrived at the land of big boy undies. Of little briefs with Batman, Superman and Spiderman logos. It’s been a long journey and let’s be honest…the real MVPs are my husband and me. The parents who survived the potty training fiasco.

W is three and a half and there were times we felt behind in this whole thing. But I’ve come to the conclusion, we’re all on a different journey. It seems like the girls catch on to this potty phenomenon way faster (shocking) and if a child has a sibling, it also help speed things along.

We had neither of those advantages, so while we started around two and a half, we took it easy because he just wasn’t that into it. We worked on the poopy side of it first because to be honest changing dirty diapers gets old. That half really started to click in March and by the Disney Cruise in May, he was letting us know without accidents in the Pull-Up. It may sound small, but it was a major victory in our household. TMI…but we celebrate with W showing off the good every time. Like every good man, he’s obsessed with poop 🙂

We celebrated the #2 victory and kind of let it ride. Finally last month his teachers let us know he was ready for big boy undies because if we didn’t take the step, our sweet lazy boy would pee in a Pull-Up for as long as he could.

So we just did it. Bought the undies, washed the undies and put them on at night before bed for a few days including a full weekend of undies. By the following Monday he went to school in his super cool superhero briefs. Barring an accident in a restaurant (cue the paper towels and extra tip) and an accident at school during nap time, he transitioned into the underwear phase without much a do.

My advice to struggling parents: give your kid and yourselves a break. There are very few two year olds who are potty trained (some parents like to fib about milestones). Your kid will get there, when they and their bladder is ready. I’m glad we took our time, attacked one “P” at a time and let it happen in due time.

Now we rejoice in saving some mula and not having to buy endless Pull-Ups. Those things are not cheap.

Happy Potty,

Ivette

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