I was talking to my friend today about testing for pre-schools and when that happens, in New York they start testing at 2. I know, it’s a little ridiculous. She went on to mention that our daughters will turn 6 in kindergarten & be on the older side. I replied, “I really hope she’s potty trained by then”. As a winner takes all competitor personally, my daughter is not following in my footsteps when it comes to the race to her hygiene habits. I started the journey at about 1.5 year- I totally thought she was ready. I took time off work in preparation to spend 3 whole days breaking her to the potty. I lasted about 3 hours & 5 accidents before I decided she just wasn’t old enough. I read a lot of articles, and they say it shouldn’t be too hard when the child is ready. The author probably had no kids and trained other children in a lab instead of a home. Because they should have corrected it to say, “when mommy is ready to have her floors peed on, her lap peed on, and her furniture wiped with poo butts”. I’ve decided the best way to snap baby girl out of her delight with “no, I pee in my diaper, not the potty” is to wait for her to realize she’s the only one left…As it is in dance class she’s the only ballerina wearing a diaper. Sad to say she also looks the oldest, sooooo there’s a perception issue with the other parents. Am I lazy? No. I’m efficient with my time, therefore I will wait for other kids to shame her into using the potty, or I could say I’m listening to the experts & she’ll let me know when she’s ready. Bottom line, kids grow up so fast anyhow- why not let them set their own timeline for this one act? Because baby girl- you’re going to med school whether you like it or not!
Given our space restrictions we can only have the necessities- here are my tools of the potty training trade:
Bjorn potty chair, stool to reach the sink (Kikkerland Rhino step stool), & spray to rid the stink honest company air freshener
Oh yes, & our little monster can’t relax without her favorite book. Make sure you have a “bathroom books” shelf, you really don’t want these to make it out to the rest of the stack! We use an ikea spice rack to keep them off the floor & near the potty.