Potty Training: The Fun Is About to Begin
My younger daughter, Lila, is 2 1/2, and it’s time for us to start potty training. We trained her older sister, Julia, when she was that age, and if I remember correctly, it only took several weeks for her to stay fully dry during the day. (Night training was a whole other story.) But I expect no such timeline with Lila. She and Julia are almost nothing alike. For one thing, Julia likes to please, and what others want or expect doesn’t have any bearing on Lila.
With Julia, I did the research, my husband and I plotted out our strategy, and we jumped right in. I’m taking baby steps with Lila. Two weeks ago I busted out the plastic toilet seat and soft potty rings and had her try them out. When she sat on the plastic toilet, she immediately stood up: “Don’t like it.” No problem, I said, and I placed her on the soft potty ring. Her eyes bugged out and she gripped my hands with terror before wriggling down. “When I’m older,” she declared, using her new catchphrase for whenever she doesn’t want to do something.
So this past week, we’ve been doing a lot of talking about potty training: “Soon you’re going to use the potty!” “We’re not going to use diapers during the day!” She seemed intrigued, so I asked her over the weekend if she wanted to try using the potty now. “No thanks,” she said cheerfully.
But the talking stops and the action starts this Saturday. I’ll report back each week and let you know how it’s going. I’ve already printed out this story on five common potty training problems because I suspect I’m going to encounter all of them. If anyone wants to chime in with their tips, I’ll take ‘em!Add a Comment