Potty training began in earnest Monday at 9 a.m. We got out the big-boy underwear, let our two-year-old choose the ones he liked best and put them on him. I knew he was ready – for the past month or more he’s been telling us when it’s time for a diaper change – but I wasn’t so sure I was ready. What if it takes him years to figure this out? I’ve read stories from moms who’ve done it in one day. I won’t measure up.
With the small potty at the ready, I filled him up on fluids and explained that it’s time to say “bye-bye” diapers – that it’s time to use the potty. I put him on about every 30 minutes. We read lots of books. He had a few accidents and a few successes. In a matter of hours, our two-year-old transitioned from indifferent to strongly disinterested in the process.
I tried to ease up a bit when I realized both of us were getting stressed, but by the end of day one, I was suffering from a mild headache. Why is this so hard? It’s a messy process. It doesn’t happen instantly.
On the second and third days, we’ve seen more successes. He understands what he needs to do, though he doesn’t always make it to the potty on time. But, the boy earned a balloon for his good effort today. And we really are getting closer to saying, “Bye-bye, diapers.”