It's the dreaded question that every Mama of a toddler hates to hear: "Is little 'Kaightee Mareigh' (<--yes, this is me poking fun at the parents who try to give their kids name a unique spelling...because I'm feeling extra saucy today) potty trained yet?
I can't even begin to tell you the anxiety I got at the mere thought of potty training Presley. That girl marches to the beat of her own drum and when you ask her to do something she doesn't want to do, she ain't gonna do it. So basically, don't even exhaust yourself into trying. She's like a man--no matter how many times you suggest it or make it seem like a great idea--it has to be her idea and then she will go balls to the wall like it's the greatest idea she has ever had. (Ladies, am I right or AM I RIGHT? Maybe it's just my husband.)
A few months ago I thought it was the right time to get this ball rolling. I bought the cute pink toilet, downloaded a crap ton (which is much more than just a ton...) of new apps on the iPad, sat her in the middle of the den and anxiously sat next to her waiting to hear the glorious sound of her peeing in that damn plastic bowl.
You know what happened?
Hello, Captain Obvious? She's not ready.
So, I let it go. I was pregnant, working full time, Adam was out of town for baseball, and we had other things to do. I began to think that the thought of me sitting around waiting for her to pee every 20 minutes was not how I wanted to spend my time off. It takes 30 seconds to change a diaper and I can do it with one hand, eyes closed while also picking up the den with my toes (a skill every Mother needs to master, by the way.)
Then I had a baby and was changing two kids diapers. That's double the poop, double the butt wiping, and frankly...just a shit ton of diapers to buy.
IT WAS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG, y'all! Come Hell or high water I was getting the Drama Baby out of diapers. Because toddler poop? Will make you want to never eat again.
This time around has been an absolute breeze! I kept her home for 3 days, took away all of the diapers (except for nap time and bedtime...my balls aren't that big) and bribed her with anything she wanted. If she would have said she wanted a chocolate dipped unicycle...I would have found one. ANYTHING!
Here is what we used/did to master potty training in 3 days:
1) A toilet seat that goes on the actual toilet. I thought the other potty would be better at first, but then thought about how I'd get her to go in public on a big toilet and changed my mind. I am actually going to put the portable potty in the back of my car for emergencies.
2) A step stool- because the kiddo needs it to climb up on the toilet, and I needed somewhere to sit while waiting 100 years for her to pee. If you can fit a La-Z Boy recliner or queen size bed in your bathroom then you should just go ahead and do that, because you'll be in there a while.
3) Cute underwear- We went cold turkey with the diapers and completely skipped over the pull-ups. It was either she peed in the potty or she peed in her undies. So, be prepared and buy several pairs! I four some cute ones at Ross that were cheap just in case she did have some messy accidents we could just toss them.
4) Anything for bribery- be it candy, toys, activities, animals, a new yacht, a trip to Bora Bora...whatever it takes--buy it! Thankfully, Presley is happy with a cheap toy or a piece of chocolate. That's what worked for us! Honestly, with the toys (bought at the dollar store and wrapped in tissue paper) I think she just enjoyed tearing apart the paper! But, it's what worked for us!
And there you have it! That is all it took for us to finally get Presley out of diapers. I went into it expecting many tears and accidents, but was very pleased that it went so smoothly. I know there will be times where she does have an accident and that's okay. I am not going to punish her or make a big deal out of it! Today was her first day back at school and I sent about 6 pairs of clothes/underwear just in case ;)