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I don’t know if it was personal doubt or if people were actually starring at me when I was still buying diapers for my 3 year old. My walking, talking, and very independent 3 year old did not want to use the potty. We tried bribing, we tried snacks, we tried punishment no matter what we tried, she simply just wasn’t ready!
Finally shortly after her 3rd Birthday, we just stopped trying. A sweet friend offered the advice to take a break and wait to see if she shows signs of readiness. I figured since we might be wearing diapers well into kindergarten, Hey! What’s another a few months? So we did it, we took a break. I continued to buy diapers, I continued to ignore the cute princess potty in the bathroom, and we waited. We waited what seemed like an eternity. 5 months. That’s right, 3 years 5 Months and 4 Days is what it took for her to be ready! Once she was ready, I don’t think I did any “training” so to speak. She really just caught on and we never looked back.
I share this story with you, not to brag, although I am THRILLED we are finally Potty Trained, but to encourage you to take that sweet advice my friend gave me a few ago. And simply, Wait. We are now on child #2 and I get to use all my new found wisdom on her. She just turned 2. As our girls get older we were having problems with diapers leaking at night. We tried lining the bed with a towel, waking them up at night for a quick change (miserably by the way) until we discovered Huggies® Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers.
These suckers lock away the wetness, and the girls still wake up comfortable. They seem to not notice their diapers are so full they might float away! Another favorite is that Huggies® Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers are a Walmart Exclusive, since I practically live there, we love the convieiece of it.
Besides the perfect fit of Huggies® Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers, my girls go crazy anything Disney. That made changing on the go easier. A simple question of “Ooo, do you want a Mickey diaper or a Disney Princess diaper?” They would choose, we would change and be on our way.
Some other tips we learned along of the way with the waiting method:
– Watch for signs of readiness. If they go longer periods without being wet ask, in a non threatening way, if they need to potty. Just to get them used to what that “feeling” is.
– Don’t pressure and don’t punish for using diapers. You don’t want to create fear about something they don’t yet have control over.
– Don’t limit fluids intake just because you want a different outcome at night. This one stems back to when they are ready their little bodies will adjust. The Huggies® Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers, I mentioned above, have a 12 hour protection! Trust me! They work. Little growing bodies need water. No need to limit!
– Start other milestones around this time, to transition. When I say milestones, it can be as simple as drinking out of a big girl cup, or brushing their own hair. Start letting them have more responsibility so they will want to take responsibility for their body.
No matter how you decide to do it, there is no right way! Train them with the 3 day method over a weekend if that works for you! Wait until they are 4 if that’s what works for you! There isn’t a one size fits all solution to potty training. We simply want to share what worked best for us, so that if you, like us, are burnt out, you could try the waiting method!
How old was your kiddo when they potty trained? What was 1 thing you learned that really worked during this time?
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