I’ve decided to start reaching out to my fellow Mommy Bloggers to have them guest post on some Mommy Monday’s with me. Meet my very first guest, Stephanie!
Good morning! Thank you so much Stephanie for having me today! I am really excited to share some potty training tips with your readers this morning. Let me introduce myself before I get started on my tips and tricks.
I’m Stephanie, blogger over at Wife Mommy Me. I’m a full time SAHM to Connor. I’m married to James and we live in southwest Ohio. I’ve been blogging for nearly 3 years and absolutely love it. When I’m not busy being Robin to Connor’s Batman, you’ll find me reading, watching “night time soaps”, running and enjoying far too many carbs.
Like I mentioned, I want to share with you simple tips to tackle potting training. My little guy is headed to school this Fall and before he goes, he is required to be potty trained. Nothing like a deadline to get you moving, right? So off with the diaper and hello Thomas undies. We’ve been potty trained for nearly 3 full months so I feel like I can finally give some advice on the topic.
+ Be prepared to stay home for a few days. Especially day 1.
+ Use your child’s weakness for your gain. If your little ones loves
candy, bribe him or her with candy to go potty. Connor loves getting new
toys so I picked a handful of new toys for him and every time we went
potty (yes we, it’s a joint effort, promise!) on the first day, he got
to pick which new toy he wanted.
+ Make a fool of yourself when business is done. I clapped, I sung, I
cheered, I danced. Now, every time Connor goes, we celebrate like it’s
New Year’s Eve. The bigger the celebration the better!
+ Allow your little one to be as hands on as possible. Connor puts his
potty seat on the toilet and flushes his business. I want him to feel
like he is in control of the situation.
+ Ask! Ask! Ask! Over ask “Do you need to potty?”, “Let’s go potty and
earn a (prize, sticker, piece of candy)” and my favorite “Who has to go
tinkle?”! Connor will answer no more times than not but we go try
+ Electronics are your secret weapon so keep them charged and within arms reach.
+ Decide if you are going to go full blown underwear/panties or not. At
night, we’ve been using pull-ups, which we refer to Buzz or Jake
underwear because of their design, and so far, each morning C has woken
+ As we all know, accidents happen. Try to stress the importance of going potty but don’t harp on the accident too severely.
+ Patience is your best friend. On Tuesday, Connor went nearly 4.5 hours
between pees. It wasn’t for a lack of trying on my end. He simply did
not have to go! When James got home, I asked him to give it a shot and
one his second attempt, we had pee. Patience! Patience! Patience!
+ Stick with it. Unless your little one is having more accidents than
successes, I wouldn’t give up. While some days go better than others, I will tell you that at 90+ days, there are far more days without accidents than there are days with.
I still have a bit of potty anxiety and this will go away so if you experience it, don’t worry. It won’t last forever. Have you potty trained little ones before? Please share your tips and advice with Stephanie and I. If you’d like more of me, you can find me on Twitter || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest
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