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Things I’ve Learned From Potty Training My Kid

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It’s been a few months since our daughter has been completely potty trained enough to go to sleep at night without diapers on. In fact, we got our cues from her when she, quite simply and directly, asked me to not put a diaper on her one night, and although I feared we might wake up to our bed soaked in her pee, this has not happened at all. I could actually forgo the diapers now even when we go out, but for my peace of mind I have still been putting her in diapers, afraid she might need to go during one of our nearly hour-long trips to church, or while stuck in traffic. However, just recently, she has also stated that she doesn’t want to wear a diaper when we go out anymore, and since we have not had any mishaps, thankfully, I guess the sensible thing to do would be to honor her wishes in this, too.

While I do not consider myself an expert when it comes to potty training, I have learned quite a few things as we journeyed through this all-important phase in Sophie’s life. Here, I share them with you to see if anyone has had similar experiences/observations, at the very least:

  1. Clorox Wipes is my new best friend.
  2. It’s the year 2012, but people still need to learn to flush the toilet after using it. It’s unbelievable, not to mention inexcusable, how many times Sophie and I have walked into a filthy lavatory when the flush is in perfect working order.
  3. Sophie can distinguish between a slightly grubby toilet that can be rectified by said Clorox Wipes, and a really filthy one, which she will REFUSE to use by loudly saying: “Mommy, I don’t want to pee there! Dirty toilet!”. Not that I would let her use it, anyway.
  4. She’s just as paranoid as I am of ‘accidents’ and will want to go to the bathroom frequently – like every few minutes – especially when we’re out.
  5. Most of the time, her paranoia strikes during meals, and it doesn’t matter that she just went 2 minutes before we entered a restaurant. She will want to go either, a) as soon as we are seated, or b) as soon as the food is served.
  6. She considers farting as ‘bathroom business’, but only when we’re out.
  7. Kids have no qualms about announcing to the world what they did in there.
  8. Kids have no qualms about announcing to the world what you are doing in there.
  9. It doesn’t matter that the movie has reached its climax, when she says she’s gotta go, she’s gotta go.
  10. Letting her watch Jurassic Park probably wasn’t a good idea, because now, she asks me every time if a dinosaur will come to the bathroom while she’s peeing.

P.S. – Also, while searching for images to add to this post, I learned that there are way too many parents posting and sharing photos of their kids on the potty on the interwebs!

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  • I completely agree with you about the flushing problem. Believe me, it must be universal because it’s an epidemic in the U.S. too. I am always flabbergasted and wondering WHO DOES THAT?? Even if it is just the kids…where are their parents? So disgusting. Also…you are so right about #7 & #8. A few weeks ago, Kellen announced to a whole restaurant that he’d just had a splatter poop. Appetizing. 🙂

    • I’ve thought about that, that it might be just kids doing that, leaving toilets unflushed, but I once walked in when another woman had just come out. O_O

      Oh, and LOL! At least Sophie’s announcement last week wasn’t as… descriptive, hahaha! 🙂

  • “Kids have no qualms about announcing to the world what they did in there. Kids have no qualms about announcing to the world what you are doing in there.” — LOL

  • Potty Training is an experience like no other isn’t it?! It will be interesting for me to potty train a girl, it seems like it would be so different!

    • You’re right! I didn’t give it that much thought before, but I guess there’s a big difference between potty training boys and girls.

    • It is – I can’t compare it to anything at all that I’ve ever had to go through before, lol. Oooo, do let us know how the experience goes, Kate! I have only one girl and am clueless how it would differ. 🙂

  • It’s so true that Clorox became our best friend during potty training. We had to buy them in bulk!