What I Did to Get My Toddler Potty Trained in 2 Months!
Potty Training. Literally the worse thing in parenting so far to me. I warn everyone. If you think teething was bad, smh, wait til they need to learn to use the bathroom.
I’ve been noticing a lot of parents waiting until their child is three to even start the process. Whatever floats your boat I guess. But when these little monsters start to eat a strict table food only diet, the sh*ts start to smell like your own and I for one, was not going to be changing those for long.
Trust me guys the sooner you start introducing the potty, the better. I wanted Jayla to be potty trained early (at least before three) so I vowed that when I was done with school and was able to potty train with no interruptions, that that is what we were going to do.
That was mid May and by the beginning of July, Jayla was wearing panties everywhere. Now I have a two and half year old child that will use the potty despite being in a pull-up (we use pull-ups for sleeping-just in case!) and will not dare poop anywhere else but in the potty, even at a restaurant.
So, here is what I did to get my toddler potty trained in two months.
Let me start by giving a disclaimer. I selfishly wanted Jayla to be potty trained by her second birthday. So by the time I started hardcore potty training, she had peeing in the potty down, but would still go in her pull-up when it was on. She could’ve been fully potty trained by two, but finals started kicking my butt in school, so I let my dream go. IF YOU ARE NOT CONSISTENT, IT WILL NOT WORK. Now on to the good stuff.
I polled a few of my moms and one mom’s opinion really stuck out to me. She said her kids thrived on the chart system, which instantly put a light bulb off in my head because to get Jay to even start peeing on the potty, I had to bribe her with candy. So I took Jayla to the dollar tree with me and we picked out poster board, crayons, and stickers and discussed that we were going to make a potty chart so she can get prizes when she filled up the squares. As soon as we got home, we got to work. Now I’m no artist, and if you aren’t either don’t fret, these charts can be really simple.
Each time Jayla pooped she got a sticker. When she filled up 7 squares she got a prize of her choice which was usually pizza and ice cream. Since she had pee down, I gave her a small chart at the bottom and if her panties were dry the whole day she got a sticker.
I had rid Jayla of diapers when she was coming upon her second birthday (yes my dream was still alive when she was a year and half lol) so when we started consistent potty training in May, she wore nothing but panties until she was going to sleep or we traveled.
Once Jayla was done filling up the chart, she got a grand prize which was a PJ mask toy set. Now in case you’re wondering or are new to my world, I am Frugal Fran. One set of this toy was $45.99. So, I bought individual super heroes (two came in a set) and saved $20. Your kid does not know the difference! Prizes and rewards do not have to be anything extravagant. Keep them simple, to your budget, and to your child’s preference. After all, they are the ones learning something extremely new! Jayla’s pizza and ice cream treats were always super cheap! I love her for that LOL.
Now I know that there are a lot of tips out there for potty training a child and there are posts that say they potty train a kid in a week or two (they also state those kids are still having accidents). My definition of a potty trained child is one that wears regular underwear, pees and poops in the potty, travels in underwear, and uses the bathroom out in public. That’s Jayla (no accidents). I took my time, but I was stern and consistent.
A lot of advice is dated and contradict advice you will get today. Kids are smart and if we treat them as though they are limited, they will act as such. Jayla didn't need the second chart we made which is GREAT! But if you do need to transition to the second chart, that's ok. Give a sticker only for the day. As in, a day of going in the potty equals a sticker, not every time. And she no longer gets candy every time she goes; she doesn’t even notice the change. So when “expert advice” is don’t over reward, and be careful because when you take rewards away you may hurt their self-esteem blah blah blah, know that it is poppycock! Do what is right for you and your child, take advice and alter it to your liking and potty train with ease!
For more help, you can download my quick steps on making and using a potty chart with a list of more potty training tips.
What are some things you did to potty train your toddler? Leave it in the comments below!