Hello, I am Rachael I have worked in the education field for almost 10 years, from daycare's, schools, and also nanny jobs because my true life passion is for kids. I studied Early Education in college.I am now currently blessed to be a stay at home wife/mom to my beautiful little girl Lucy who is currently 15 months old. It is the most important job and rewarding I have ever had. Luckily for my husband Tyler I am able to do this! I know it isn't the case in all homes and that is okay this is totally a judgment free zone, because by no means am I perfect at this just a mom who loves her little girl! !
I am writing this because I hope this helps others with there potty training nightmares&adventures!! My experience can be for working moms or stay at home moms. Just give yourself a week where you devote to potty training!! Or see if your caregivers are willing to devote time to this important stage. When I did work in the industry I helped parents potty train there kids while they were working! It was frustrating for us as teachers because we would stick to the 15-20 minute rule because there are so many other children unfortunetly hard to take them more often, but we would do it during the day and find out at night the parents were slacking. So if you are working with other people on this make sure you all have the same idea and time frame and work together!!! If you are not all on the same page and willing to invest time in your child, he or she will not succeed. I promise you this.
We were not ready to start our potty training journey but we sat our daughter on her toilet just to get her comfortable with it when we were ready to begin. Well, our daughter was ready! She pee'd instantly! We were all so excited for her and then we both realized well I guess it's now or never we start this. That night it seems I watched hours of YouTube videos and stories, read tips and tricks on Pinterest not really finding anything but pressure. I felt pressured because everything was saying "potty train in 1 day" "potty train in 3 days" I personally don't like just pushing my daughter into anything but if that worked for others, well that's awesome!
The next day I kind of took everything I read and just did a trial and error thing. I placed her in pull ups and got her excited to sit on the potty. It worked but it seemed more of a diaper and she couldn't really feel herself neither could I see if she was wet. But that first day she did get used to going to the potty and sitting. That night I searched for more tips and tricks for potty training. No more pull ups unless we ventured out in the world!!
Best Method Ever. You can see where she is wet and she can feel she is wet. This one I loved! She ran around in her underwear all day no pants so it would be easier and quicker to go to the bathroom. I had potties in her room and the living room and a potty seat for her for the bathroom thinking this would be best and if she had to go, we would always be near a potty. I was taking Lucy about every 15 minutes. In those 15 minutes I think she had about 4 accidents every time.. yeah I told you it is a trial and error method but we were both learning together which was the best part. Every time she had an accident I made her feel her underwear and just said yuck a lot! Never Never scold your child for having an accident, or they will be afraid to go in the future. I would just pick her up run to the bathroom saying " pee in the potty" over and over again. Then she would sit on the potty learning this is where the pee or poop went. That day was an exhausting day of cleaning up accidents, sitting in the bathroom, and doing laundry. We both crashed that night.
This day was more of like an AH-HA moment like I was just drained by the first two days and I knew she was still confused as what was going on. I woke up that day at 5:00 a.m just laying there thinking what I could do to make this easier and funner! (yup, I'm that weirdo at 5 a.m thinking about my daughter's pee but I didn't care!)
This day we did the underwear method AGAIN! Except this time I was taking her to the bathroom every 5 minutes. Be prepared this will be a long day. But as she gets used to it and stays dry longer you can up it to 10,15 etc. But during those 5 minutes I would constantly check her to see if she was dry and make her feel to this is an important part she needs to learn what dry and wet are. She loved it and thought it was funny! So I created a reward system if she was dry she would go sit on the potty and get a small treat (our treat of choice were 1 yogurt raisin, or 1 mini marshmallow) let me tell you she loved the reward system! So, this is how this day worked if she was dry, she would sit on the potty and read, play, whatever worked! If she peed I made a huge deal about it and she loved that! We made it through this day with only 2 accidents!!!!! Lucy caught on really quick. Obviously we still used a diaper at nap and night just because I know she is nowhere near ready for that.
Underwear and no pants all day again for the rest of the potty training this works best! Still doing the reward system except this day we had errands... so here we were out and about at Target carrying our potty seat and using the bathroom every 10 minutes and she did great! I was nervous because it was a new potty and place but she went 3x!! She still got her reward each time and I know some people don't like the reward system but whatever it worked for my kid and she loved it! Find and do what works for your kid!