“Potty Training is the process of teaching a child on how to use a potty or toilet.”
Potty Training may be plain sailing for a few little darlings and yet it for many others, it can turn into a long dreadful journey…
I initially thought potty training with Ruby is easier as I’m already equipped with the experience and knowledge I had with Reimer. Well, I’m absolutely wrong! Potty training your second child doesn’t guarantee an easy peasy journey. I have to agree with what other people said, that every child is different, which is why it’s best not to compare a particular child with the other. I think this goes the same with potty training the kids too.
I started potty training Ruby when she just turned 2 yrs. old. Although I’m still unsure if I made the right decision or have I?
However, after a lot of setbacks along the way. Finally, I can proudly say that she’s already potty trained now, Yipee! By now, I’m confident enough taking her out and about minus the nappy on. A milestone that took her 7 months to achieve since I first started the challenge of potty training her. Yes! you’ve heard it right, 7 months which was rather a long journey!
When I potty trained Reimer before, it all started when he was already 2 1/2 years old. As far as I can remember, it only lasted a short period of time. In fact, he was already well-trained before his 3rd birthday. During that time, I was on maternity leave which means I was at home most of the time which made his potty training done regularly and consistently.
Consistency was what’s lacking with Ruby’s potty training. It doesn’t help when both me and her dad work most of the day from Monday until Friday means kids are at Childminders care. Even though our lovely Childminder carried on with Ruby’s potty training at her end which was a real bonus. Unfortunately, it lacks consistency at home. I have to admit, it’s my fault for being too tired from work that sometimes I forgot to constantly remind her to go to the toilet if she want to pee as I was overpowered with my “I can’t be bothered” attitude. It’s my fault for being too lazy to clean up the possible mess that she will be making if I will not put her nappy on. Hence, her nappy stayed on the whole day mostly on weekdays which I assumed have given her mixed signals. Don’t get me wrong, a couple of times on weekends when I’m off work, I always tried removing her nappy off the whole day apart from nap time and bedtime but have it on again when we’re out. These inconsistent approach had brought on few accidents which sometimes made me go through the roof. I was stressed and frustrated I guess!
Anyhow, last Saturday’s weather was relatively wet, so we stayed indoors the whole day. Thus, I jumped at the chance and had the courage to let her off nappy the whole day apart from bedtime. I was surprisingly amazed how she did well. Last Sunday was the big test run as we were mostly out of the house from morning til afternoon, and she didn’t have any accident at all. I felt relieved and so proud of her!
She has done remarkably well too apart from one blip this whole week whilst she was at her Childminders’. She’s such a clever little lady! In fact, she seemed so excited now having to put on her Frozen or Minnie Mouse knickers without the bulging nappy underneath it. Also, mornings lately had been quiet fun as I have to give a special surprise or treat to whoever has a dry bedtime nappy between her and Reimer.
Have you been potty training your kids recently? How did your little ones get on with it? Please tell me your experience in the comment below.
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