This was a specific request by several who follow me on Instagram after I shared this potty training pic in my stories.
“Please share everything you know about potty training!”
Okay… so we’re embarking on this, reluctantly, for the 4th time. I say “reluctantly” because we planned to be out of the RV and into a house before we bothered this, but Wallace is basically forcing us because he keeps taking his pants off and trying to climb up on or stand in front of the RV toilet (which is not like a regular house toilet and really not a great place to potty train.)
I don’t think this post is going to be the answer you’re looking for, but here I am, sharing everything I know to be true about potty training.
It’s awful, never ever fun and, like the worst part of parenting the 5 and under crowd.
Just like every kid is different, every kid’s potty training journey is different. You will not be able to potty train two kids in the same amount of time at the same age. This is actually freeing when you embrace it because your friend who potty trained their kid by the age of two who keeps telling you what to do can just shut up.
Potty training will look different for YOU, the parent, depending on the phase of life you’re in. I did have that kid who was potty trained by two. Guess which one? The first one. The one time in my parenting life when I only had one kid to keep alive while potty training. Here we are on kiddo #4 who is nearly 2.5 and I’m kinda mad at him for wanting to do this right now.
It can be Expensive
Don’t get too excited about not buying diapers anymore. First, you’ll have to buy the little potties or the potty seats or the travel potties. Maybe you reward your kid with a $2 Hotwheels every time they poop. You need to buy little undies, and more than just a pack of 6 because they will go through all of those in a day somedays. Add Pullups or other training pants to that and it’s a real budget buster. Of course, you totally can potty train without any of this stuff, and many do. But, just know that when you get into the thick of it and you’re desperate, you may want to go out and buy any or all of these.
I’m here for the Pull-Ups
I was very anti Pull-Ups (or other disposable training pants) with my first born and that was all well and fine because, again, he was ALL I had to take care of. By the time babies 2 & 3 potty trained, I threw in the towel and bowed to the Pullup. They didn’t wear them all day. But when we were in the car for long distances and nighttime and any other time I knew I couldn’t watch them 100% ? On. No regrets.
Don’t even bother night training. What a freaking exhausting waste of time and sleep! We put the kids in Pullups (or diapers if needed) at night until they consistently wake up dry and clean. I tried waking in the middle of the night to take my first to the toilet for a few months and that was LAUGHABLE. Let their little bodies adapt.
It’s not a big deal. I felt so much pressure with my first, and even my second baby to a degree. In the big picture? WHO CARES?? Don’t put an age on the calendar and then guilt yourself if you’re not there by then. If you start trying and it’s not working, put the diapers back on and try again later. There is NO reason for this to be a major stressor in your life. I mean, it’s gonna suck no matter when you do it, but you and/or your kid should not be crying over this.
It’s hilarious. This is where so many great stories come from-kids and potties and bodily functions and public. Laugh when you can and try not to feel too embarrassed. Every parent of a toddler+ has been there.