Summer is a great time to take on new challenges, including for your kiddos. For two of our DMB Contributors, Katy W. and Katherine H., they attempted the biggest toddler challenge of all…Potty Training. We’ve asked them our most pressing questions about potty training and they’ve offered their experience and tips for potty training your own kiddos.
How did you know your kid was ready?
Katy: She started showing signs of being ready a little before her 2nd birthday. She was going on the potty sporadically, talking about it, and I was changing so many dry diapers, I knew she was getting good at holding it. The one that needed to get ready was ME. I felt like she was too young, and I was not prepared for huffing it to every bathroom in Dallas in the 100 degree heat. I figured we would maybe start in the fall when she got closer to 2.5. But I knew I had to listen to her and her signals…so we jumped in feet first.
Katherine: We’ve had a potty since Little Man was about 18 months. He’s gone on the potty off and on for a year, and recently started getting more consistent going every night before bath time. Prior to that, he’d tell me he didn’t need to go, and then pee as soon as he got in the bath tub. A few weeks later he’d tell me, “No. I go in bath tub.” And promptly pee in the tub. So I knew we were getting close. A few weeks ago he started waking up with a dry diaper and I encouraged him to go on the potty when he woke up. It was time.