this may not be your "typical" look at the various stages of childhood. . .I am not talking about age-appropriate milestones or developmental milestones.
i am talking about rights of passage as a parent. . .
when your child gives up nursing and/or taking a bottle. . .graduating to a cup.
when your baby leaves the crib for a toddler bed - chooses to walk instead of riding in a stroller.
and of course the golden-ticket - leaving diapers and pull-ups behind.
We recently accomplished this last milestone around here. Because our preschool has no requirements for potty training - we have always been completely child-led. Many of our friends and acquaintances think we wait entirely too long (Little is 4) - but our efforts seem so much easier than theirs - almost effortless truth be told.
We start off small - and only with what our child tells us he's comfortable with. Baby-steps . . .wearing big-boy underpants to school. Putting the dreaded toddler potty in the living room (our bathroom is upstairs) so it's easy-access. Finally, leaving underpants on for bed.
We've had only a few accidents - one out with friends (entirely MY fault for not insisting we stop playing and use the potty). I keep a small LL Bean backpack in the car with a spare set of underpants, pants and socks.
One night this week we needed a complete bed covers change - again - not my favorite thing - but it's a small price to pay for so many days and nights of success.
This is a big right of passage for me - he is our last, so no more diapers for me. It brings me both joy and a touch of sentimental sadness (but only for a minute).
where are you on the road to potty training? what are your success tips?
catch you soon -