Monday, April 16, 2012

When’s the Right Time to Potty Train?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about potty training is that parents have no control over when it happens. Yup, that’s right. You know those great plans that you have that your kid will be potty trained before your next child is born, before preschool starts, before the summer starts, etc., etc.? Well you can promptly throw those expectations out the window because your child will be potty trained when they decide it’s time. I am happy to report that Henry has decided that his time has come. I tried a few months ago to train him and all I ended up doing was cleaning up accidents, doubling laundry, and making no progress.  I put the whole thing on hold until last week. We have now been in big boy undies for four days straight with only two minor accidents. He’s also waking up dry in the mornings. Last month, he would have fought me to not have a diaper on and today he’s using the bathroom by himself without even using a potty seat. It’s like night and day. The same thing also happened with Isabelle when she was his same exact age (3 yrs, 3 months old). One day she decided she was going to wear underwear and never looked back . My kids definitely aren’t the earliest potty trainers but I would much rather have it happen fast and stick than deal with months and months of accidents and battles. I now officially only have one child in diapers which is huge since at one point I had three in diapers simultaneously. It’s quite magical.

In undies, in a box, that's how he rolls.

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