Ok, I also want peace, love, and happiness for all of the world for Christmas, but is it really that bad to also want a good night of sleep every once in a while?
Oh, and don’t get me started on potty training. We’ve been in potty-training mode for about a year now. Yes, I read the books about the 3-day potty training method, potty parties, naked time, etc… Those don’t work for me. Not because they can’t, but because I believe differently about potty training. I think that Levi will do it when he’s interested AND physically/mentally ready for it.
Levi’s potty training journey began with an interest in sitting on his potty seat.
Imagine our amazement when he actually went pee on it! He was only about 14 months old, which seemed crazy early to begin potty training. And it was – he was just learning about everything and after a few months, lost interest. Fine with me.
Around 20 months, he became interested again, this time with the toilet. I bought one of those seat inserts so he wouldn’t fall in and we had fun flushing and waving “bye bye pee” each time he successfully went. Again, I was really laid-back about it all – if he wanted to go, great, if he didn’t, no big deal.
I still remember his first successful poop on the toilet. He ran out to the living room to tell Jason he went, and I ran all over the internet posting about how I’d never been so happy about sh*t. I was ecstatic – maybe it meant the beginning of serious potty training – woohoo!!
We were really on a roll in September (around 25 months), with Levi often staying dry for most of the day and even wearing big boy underwear some days. Then some big changes happened (new daycare, Jason moving out), and he regressed. I can’t blame him. There was way too much to focus on besides the urge to pee.
Now we’ve switched daycares again, and I was surprised when I asked if I needed to bring more pull-ups, and she said no, she still had plenty from the first time I brought some over. Turns out he’s been going potty on the toilet pretty regularly at daycare, and now he’s even started asking to go at home. YES!
I recently became a Pull-Ups Ambassador, which is perfect timing, because now I think Levi’s ready for us to start working harder on the potty training thing. Before you act too surprised, let me just say there’s a reason I haven’t talked about cloth trainers on here since we really got into potty training – they don’t work for us. I’ve tried several kinds, and with all of them, Levi wasn’t successful. I’m ok with that. I know the research and have decided Pull-Ups are what will best set my son up for success with potty training.
After the holidays, I’ll be hosting a “Why Wait – Let’s Celebrate! First Flush Party” for Levi and some of his friends. I think one of the biggest drivers for him being interested in potty training is being around other kids that are also learning. Both at his old daycare and his new one, when the other toddlers asked to go on the potty, so did Levi.
If your child is potty-training age, you should totally join us in celebrating our kids First Flush! Pull-Ups is sponsoring a whole bunch of these parties to help parents with everything they need to share in the excitement of their child’s “First Flush”. You can apply on their Facebook Page to host your own party and receive a Party Pack full of tot-friendly fun including:
- Engaging activities to get tots excited about starting potty training
- Celebration party hats and noisemakers to cheer on potty training success
- Exclusive Pull-Ups® Potty Training Fun Celebration App sticker
- Pull-Ups® Training Pants for every Big Kid® at the party
- Pull-Ups® coupon books
- And more!
Be sure to sign up soon, because applications close on December 31st.
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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to host a party. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.