My non-potty training approach worked: Cricket started using the potty three days after her third birthday. No training pants, tears, tantrums, balloons or bribery. I just waited for her to be ready. Here are some reflections on Cricket's potty-learning stage:1. Once Upon A Potty is all it takes. We love Alona Frankel’s book Once Upon A Potty, especially a certain 10-year-old copy. Cricket used the book that my niece read when she was being potty trained a decade ago. There’s a note in the book in my sister’s handwriting, marking the date my niece first used the potty, along with the friend’s name that bought her the book. I love hand-me-downs for their ability to connect me to the past in a wonderful flash.
- Once Upon a Potty is all it Takes.
- My girl is stubborn and I think we're in trouble.
- Ora na azu nwa: It takes a village.
- There's nothing like the look on a toddler's face the first time she pees on the potty.
2. My girl is stubborn, and I think we’re in trouble. I’m not going to go as far as to say she’s willful, but the day before she was an expert potty-user, Cricket sat on the potty for a solid hour and wouldn’t pee. It was a little odd because she initiated the potty sit-in, not me. She sat as I read Once Upon a Potty to her five times. She was content to keep sitting, so I propped up our laptop on her step stool, thinking it would distract her into letting it all flow. She watched a 12-minute Barney episode 4 times and still nothing. One solid hour. What’s up with that? Later on that day, she stayed dry for five hours until she asked for a diaper. What are we in for?
3. Ora na azu nwa: It takes a village. I love my Villagers. If it weren’t for them, Cricket wouldn’t have gotten over her fear of the potty so quickly. A few play dates ago, she watched as her two friends used the potty and of course she wanted to try. At a play date at our house last week, a Villager Mom nonchalantly took Cricket’s hand and said, “Let’s go sit on the potty.” And Cricket went with her! She wouldn’t have done that for me at home – ever! Three days later, using the potty like nobody’s business - except her own!
4. There’s nothing like the look on a toddler’s face the first time she pees on the potty. In Once Upon A Potty, Alona Frankel writes, “she sat on the potty as a little child and got up feeling ten feet tall.” This is so accurate a statement that you just have to experience it for yourself to see how true it is.
Do you have any warm-fuzzies surrounding your child’s potty-learning adventures?