We are in the midst of potty learning... well, to be honest we have been at it for awhile now but, really only now are getting down to the nitty gritty of it.
I hate to jinx things but, I think Cupcake actually really "HAS" it now.
She is in "big girl" undies for 95% of the time now.
Having only one child in diapers will be sooooo great.
The only thing I forgot about having a 2.5 year old in undies all the time is that they have to GO, alll the time.
And usually at the most "inopportune" times, like in the middle of traffic, in the border line-up, or some other crazy non-potty friendly time.
We tried to get to a fundraising bbq the other day and had to stop four times, which meant we missed the dinner, and got there just in time for the best part... dessert, but even that had three potty breaks! Haha.
We have learned to bring our little potty everywhere.
I kid, because we have all been there, and if you haven't been there yet, you will be there soon with your little one.You have to keep the humor, or potty learning would be a frustrating disaster for everyone. ;)
Hey, as my kids say, "Oh well. Accidents happen!"
And as I think to myself, "Deeeeep breath, they can't be in diapers in elementary school! Right?"
If I, myself, have learned one thing about potty training, is that your babe will get it when they get it.
You really can't force it.
While some kids are motivated by cute undies, stickers and candy others are not, so try to pick up on your child's cues, go with the flow, and be prepared to clean the floors...a lot.
Oh. And like everything else in life. Every child is different. What works for your friend's child may not work for yours! Just keep trying!
Fortunately there are a few things that can make potty training a bit easier:
Our friends at Bummis, have introduced an awesome new training pant that looks and feels just like regular underwear.
Slim and trim, in fact, so trim that if you are used to a cloth diaper, the complete opposite of "fluffy bum".
I like these for my daughter because they do not seem at all like a cloth diaper, yet were not quite full on underpants yet. Perfect for little learners that wait until the VERY last second before running to the potty.
Whereas these diapers are not meant to hold an entire pee (not recommended for night time training), they are great for those little leaks that you sometimes get while learning.
Sizing for the Potty Pant, differs from Bummis' older style training pants.
I should have probably gone up and got a size large, since Cupcake is 29lbs with... well... non-skinny legs. However, they do fit and work well even though they are a bit on the snugger side.
I do like the fact that these Potty Pants have soft, stretchy sides that are easy for little hands to pull on and off. Cupcake can manage on her own and seems to have no trouble whatsoever with them, and actually thinks they are "REAL" underwear.
I also like the outer layer of waterproof fabric, that doesn't FEEL like a traditional waterproof training pant. When I think trainers, I tend to think of those awful rubber pants that toddlers used to wear when we were little. These trainers, are soft and absorbant, with a layer each of cotton terry and microfiber and lined with natural cotton-hemp.
Your child is able to feel wet, and hopefully realize that it is time to RUN to the potty.
Which style is your favorite?
I think all are pretty gender neutral, so why not one of each? Haha.
I definitely wish we had a few more pairs than just the one pair of Pistachio Dot.
We skipped the whole disposable pull on training pants with Cupcake, which I think was a good move. We went right from diapers to these and regular underwear which seemed to help immensely. When my eldest was learning, we tried the disposable training pants route, which were great for night time, but did not help with the actual potty-learning process at all. He knew that they would hold everything, so he had no motivation to run and use the potty himself. As soon as we got rid of those he was good to go.
With the Potty pant, Cupcake was able to feel wet, so she learned when she had to rush to the potty and what would happen if she didn't.
Since we have been practicing for awhile now, I think that the perfect stash for Cupcake's potty learning, would be three: one on, one in the wash, and one for back up.
However, if you are JUST starting out with the whole potty-process, perhaps 6-10 would be a better amount.
So lightweight, the Potty Pant can easily be rolled up and shoved into any purse or pocket, making it much easier to carry around a mini-stash, without needing a "cloth-diaper friendly" diaper bag or backpack.
Maybe invest in a Fabulous Wet Bag, or two to keep dirty "pants" in.
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- Mel -