I think successful potty training is a combination of getting started when the child is ready and being committed as a parent. I know baby G is is almost 4 months old; but I’m already wondering what my approach will be.
When Sofia was a little over a year old, I began googling “how to potty train.” Call me ambitious but when you are a most-of-the-time cloth diapering mom like me, washing soiled diapers is motivation enough.
As a first time mom, I thought it was quite the achievement to have my girl use the “big potty” at such a young age. The one thing she’s always been very picky about, is her wet wipes. For as long as I can remember, her fresh-care routine after going #2 has always included wet wipes. In fact, she has a small zip lock bag in her backpack with a few Cottonelle wipes in case she has to go while she’s at school.
So, anytime I was home and he tried to use the bathroom I would sit him on the toilet (as young as 7mo) and hold him until he went. We quickly moved into only using the toilet for #2 and as soon as he was able to walk he would literally run to the bathroom on his own -although sometimes he didn’t quite make it.
As a 4 year old, he is adamant about his “wipe & swipe” routine. The boy won’t “go” unless he has a wet wipe… so at school the kid probably holds it. I don’t blame him. Have you seen the inside of the boy’s bathroom? ugh, no bueno.
So… back to baby G. I don’t know when he’ll be ready but if he turns out anything like the other two kids… I better continue buying the Cottonelle wipes! They are always good to have in the diaper bag too; because when I change a diaper on the go they are also flushable – a nice thing in a public bathroom so nobody is left with a stinker in the trash can. The cloth diapers? In the wet bag they go!
We’ll see what the future will bring with baby G and how I manage to get through potty training one more time. For now, he roams around in his cute cloth diaper bum and the other two are on their own -not entirely- but you know what I mean.
–This was a sponsored post by Cottonelle’s “Fresh Care Routine” campaign on SocialMoms. I was compesated for this post but the opinions and ideas expressed here are my own– To qualify for the year’s supply of Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Care and Cottonelle Fresh Care, entrants must create a name through The Customizer on Cottonelle Brand’s Facebook Page between June 12, 2012, and February 28, 2013. Winners will be selected in a random drawing on a weekly basis. There is a limit of one prize per person.