I’m not a new mom, but I am a fairly new girl-mom! Rachael wasn’t the first child I’ve potty trained, but the two ahead of her were boys and that’s all the experience I had.
The boys were more difficult to train and Eli definitely does things on his own time. I learned with him that there’s absolutely no use in trying to potty train a child who isn’t ready. It only served to increase my frustration with the situation and possibly delay the actual training – because kids can sense your stress over the situation.
So, when Rachael was really showing all the signs of readiness at a mere 22 months I kind of blew it off. I was still thinking back to that 3 year old who had taken forever to train and I really wasn’t thrilled with the thought of starting it all over again. Imagine my surprise when I finally took her cues seriously at 23 months and she was mostly potty trained in TWO days… She’s still having a few issues with poo, but all-in-all, it’s definitely been a positive experience!
BUT, we’re still in the phase of not understanding the sensation until it’s an emergency and she has to go right now. We are also in a season with a lot of traveling. With boys that phase isn’t so difficult because, well, they’re boys, and boys can pee just about anywhere and when they’re young, it’s ok.
However, girls cannot just go anywhere they please! So, I devised a plan that has been working really well for us.
Here’s what you’ll need (yes, that’s the floor of my van – please excuse the mess of crumbs…):
~ Plastic bags (I just use old grocery bags) or a wet bag
~ Small portable potty (I have this one)
~ Chux pads or puppy training pads – I’m not even kidding here. You could use cloth diaper inserts if you still have diapers around (I have already sold all of mine, though).
The use of this system is actually pretty simple.
~ Line the potty with a plastic bag.
~ Then fold the absorbent pad in on itself, wrong sides together, to expose the most amount of the absorbent part possible.
~ Lay the pad down in the bottom of the plastic-bag-lined potty
~ Sit your child on potty as normal!!
~ When finished tie off the bag and trash it or throw your cloth diaper insert into a wetbag to wash later!
This has been invaluable to us as we travel (especially since we just moved 1,200 miles from Colorado to Ohio). It works great for long travels, day trips and even just around town. Rachael is still too small to use a regular toilet without having to hold herself up – thus requiring her to touch the toilet seat – YUCK. I know we wash hands and all that, but she’s barely two and there’s still a good chance she’ll touch her face/mouth before I get her hands washed. This method allows me to have her sit inside the van, protected from the elements and the view of others and do her business comfortably on her own potty.
I know it seems silly, but it truly does work for us!
This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday.