I’m sitting here on my couch thinking of the difficulties of the past two days. We started potty training Lia (25 months)…and it has NOT been easy. You know you read those stories where parents potty trained their kids in 3 days and you think to yourself “Three days piece of cake” …and then you start the training and you realize this is NOT going to happen in 3 days. I don’t have for you some magic formula or trick to get your child trained fast , heck, I’m still working with my toddler…but what I do have are some words that might make you feel better about the struggle.
Potty training is HARD
It is not an easy task. Out of all the behaviors I’ve taught Lia, this is by far the most difficult one. Sleep training was a piece of cake compared to this. Weaning her off the boob was easier than I hoped it would be, pacifiers disappeared in one day and she accepted it, sleeping in her big girl bed happened without a fuss. But potty training…this one is one she can’t wrap her head around it
It might not get easier Day 2
Everything I read and everyone I spoke to said it gets easier by day 2….to me…Day 2 felt just like Day 1. It was all commotion with the exception of day 2 we had a poop success! If anything Day 3 was even harder than Day 1 and Day 2.
You will want to quit
After you’ve gone through cleaning accident after accident or your child continues to scream when you sit them on the potty you will contemplate whether to stop or keep trying.
You will be exhausted
I am so so so tired. Blame the pregnancy, blame the potty training. Heck I don’t know what to blame anymore but I am so tired. You basically stalk your child for the slightest signal of the potty dance and then run them to the toilet. The cleaning gets exhausting, and the consistency gets exhausting.
There is no cookie cutter way
Just like you I sat down and read everyone’s 3 day tips. I took notes, heck we even read a book. We bought all the supplies, did everything we read we should. And when it all started we found what we read did not work for our Lia. And it might not work for your child. You might have to change things around, find rewards that work for your child, or just take a whole different approach and that is OKAY!
There will be small wins
Not all of potty training sucks. You will have small wins and when you do you will feel like it’s all worth it.
It can take time
SAY IT WITH ME- AND THAT’S OKAY! So you need more than 3 days, maybe you need 2-3 weeks of just good old consistency, THAT IS OKAY! We see so many stories of these quick successes and automatically feel if we have gone past the 3 days we must be failing. Trust me, I was getting discouraged too. Then I realized, Lia has her own learning curve typically about a week to get used to something new. At this point we are so far in there is no going back. Slowly but surely it will happen. Keep your head up mama! You got this!