Yesterday I posted about our adventures at the state fair. Well, she fell fast asleep on the way home because we were out during her nap time. We put her down as soon as we got home and she went to sleep with no problems. Later that night before I went to bed I checked on her to see if she was comfortable in her bed. I was NOT expecting to see what I saw: Poop. Everywhere.
Luckily I found it before we went to bed so Steele was able to help me clean it up. If I had found it after he went to work and I had to do it by myself I probably would have completely broken down.
What was interesting is that after she had taken her diaper off she seemed to have tried to clean herself off. Besides her bed, the only place that was messy was where we keep the extra diapers and wipes. We think that she tried to change her own diaper, and when she decided she couldn’t do it she went back to bed.
Lately she’s been taking off her diapers or waddling around when she’s wet. We were waiting for my mom and sister to leave before starting potty training. So here’s what I’ve learned about how to tell if your child is ready to be potty trained:
This list is from Huggie’s Pull-Up website, and I found it to be pretty complete.
Look for these signs in your child if you think they might be ready:
- Stays dry for at least two hours
- Is dry after a nap
- Is uncomfortable in soiled diapers
- Shows increased interest in the bathroom
- Asks to use the toilet or potty chair
- Has regular and predictable bowel movements
- Asks to wear Big Kid or “grown up” underwear
- Uses words or body language when he or she needs to go
- Follows simple verbal directions
- Walks to and from the bathroom, helps undress his/herself
Your child doesn’t have to show ALL of these signs, just a good portion of them. If you try to potty train your child before they’re ready, you will be wasting your time. I’ve worked with children long enough to know that it is extremely frustrating to potty train children who just don’t care, so save yourself the frustration.
In all of my research I saw so many “Potty Train in 3 Days!” or “Potty Train at 18 Months!”
If your child can potty train that quickly or that early, more power to you! But, it’s important to realize that if your child is like the average child, it can take an average of 8 MONTHS! So hang in there! It’s a slow process!
I’ll keep you updated on our potty training adventure! So far Emma loves to sit on the potty, but doesn’t realize that she needs to pull her pants down first!
How have you conquered potty training? What tips do you have for me and other moms out there? Comment below to let me know!