Comprehensive Guide to Potty Training: A Personal Journey
This article details the journey and strategies adopted for potty training. The story offers insights, lessons learned, challenges faced, and tactics used during the process.
Initial Attempts and Challenges
In the early stages, Baden showed signs of interest in using the potty, often during diaper changes. However, his interest was intermittent, and soon he decided to take a hiatus from potty training altogether. Attempts to urge or force him to use the potty proved futile, leading to a decision to stop pushing for it entirely.
Revisiting the Potty Training
A few months later, with the motivation of reducing the cost of diapers and wipes, potty training was revisited. Pull-ups were introduced, and attempts were made to take him to the potty every 5-10 minutes. Despite these efforts, progress was slow and frustrating.
Evaluating Readiness for Potty Training
After assessing the situation, criteria for readiness for potty training were considered. These included:
- Ability to communicate
- Desire to use the potty
- Ability to pull pants up and down
- Ability to hold urine for a significant amount of time
At this point, Baden did not meet any of these criteria. Therefore, another pause in potty training was taken.
Noticing Developmental Changes
Over the next month, there were significant developmental changes. Baden’s vocabulary increased, he began taking off and putting on his clothes and even showed interest in removing his diaper. This signaled that he was moving in the right direction toward potty training.
Preparing for Potty Training
As Baden seemed more prepared, discussions about big-boy underwear and potty use began. A set date was established to start the new potty training regime.
Successful Potty Training
The re-initiation of potty training went surprisingly well. A potty was placed in the living room to make it easily accessible. Regular reminders to use the potty were given, and within half a day, Baden started going to the potty by himself. Within two and a half weeks, only a few minor accidents occurred.
Current Status and Future Plans
While Baden is now comfortable using the potty at home and has even started using the toilet, he is not yet potty trained for the night or for naps. When out, a pull-up is used. The next step is transitioning to underwear when out of the house.
Potty training can be a challenging process, filled with trial and error. Paying attention to a child’s developmental signs and readiness before initiating potty training is essential. With persistence and patience, the journey can lead to successful outcomes. Remember, every child’s potty training timeline and the process will be unique, and it’s crucial to go at a pace that suits them. Good luck to everyone embarking on their potty training journey!