Surviving Potty Training

LACH
LACH
Feb 9 · 3 min read

Both of my children were potty trained before twenty months old. No lie! The other day our pediatrician (of about a year) asked if my twenty one month old was wearing a diaper and was shocked when I told her she was not. When I reminded her that I potty trained my son at the same age she told me she remembered but thought I was “full of it”. I laughed because I get it. Eighteen month olds look like babies but they are capable.

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My children are twenty three months apart. I decided during my pregnancy that I would not have two children in diapers. I figured that it would be easier to manage a newborn and a toddler with a possible minor regression than it would be to manage a newborn and potty training a toddler. For me, this worked well. Not only did I not want two children in diapers, my son was more than ready. One night before bath time my son took his diaper off and put it in the trash. I put him on the toilet and he peed. It was time. My daughter would also take her diaper off and say “pee pee” or “poo poo” right before she would go. These kids were ready and so was I.

I have often read blogs glorifying potty training. Let me be honest here. It’s actually a really crappy job. See what I did there? Be prepared for at least one bowel movement on your floor. Once they get the hang of it, it gets better and you’re not constantly hovering and taking, actually running, them to the bathroom every three minutes.

Potty training my first was a little easier than my second because I was able to give him my undivided attention. I love how close my children are in age but it made it very difficult while potty training my youngest. How do you balance watching your child like a hawk while still giving your other child attention? I’m not perfect but I tried my best. This meant more accidents and an extra day before going out but we did it! My son was very involved in potty training his sister. He would ask her if she needed to use the potty, remind her to wash her hands, and cheer for her when she made it to the toilet in time. He loves being a big brother so that was very helpful. I also took my son out on a “date” the weekend after potty training my daughter to have some one on one time.

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