If you had asked me just a few months ago if I had anything even remotely meaningful to contribute to a discussion about potty training, I’d have laughed aloud (and loudly) at the question, not unlike Liz Lemon’s attempt to out-laugh Tracy Jordan on that episode of 30 Rock. Perhaps I’d have even thrown my head back and tossed my hair, soap opera-style, such would the absurdity have been.
It’s amazing how much can change in the span of a couple weeks. As I mentioned earlier, when Pull-Ups first approached me about becoming a Potty Ambassador, I was nervous about what the outcome of the potty training attempts would be. And mind you, I’m not saying I’m any sort of expert, by any means, but now that we’ve faced the challenge of potty training and lived to tell the tale, I’m here to give you a very important message:
YOU CAN DO THIS.
People, I had the most resistant kid imaginable. His craftiness cannot be overstated. I’m talking stubbornness of such magnitude that the first time we attempted potty training, he’d sit on the toilet for OVER A FULL HOUR (as my butt went numb from perching on the rim of the bathtub) refusing to, uh, take any action. The minute the diaper went back on, he’d stop holding it in, and would tug at me, telling me to change it. I kind of felt as though it was high noon in an old Western, and any minute, tumbleweed would come rolling on by, as we glowered at each other in the sun.
Now that I can look back and see how Potty Training Attempt 1 (unmitigated FAIL) differed from Potty Attempt 2 (VICTORY!) I think the real turning point for us was changing our approach to fit our kid. I was admittedly much more rigid the first time around. I mean, I of course acted EXCITED when we had our few successful trips to the potty, but I honestly viewed potty training as a chore; a responsibility we had to endure. Once I changed my tune for Attempt 2, enthusiastically involving my son in not only the acquisition of the potty, but all the accoutrements (e.g., the stickers, the charts, the Pull-Ups, the treats, etc.), he responded in kind. He went from the kid moaning “NOOOOOOO” whenever I even brought up the IDEA of giving up diapers to…well, this:
And that, my friends, is what all of us are going for. And to that end, I’d suggest checking out Pull-Ups Potty Project , a new site which follows six real families of toddlers amidst the potty training process, as they attempt to kick the diapers to the curb.
The site also contains some incredibly useful tools, articles, and advice to make potty training a smooth and fun (yes, really! It can be done!) experience. Oh, and coupons! Hello!
By the way, if you have any questions for me about potty training, please feel free to leave them in the comments here, and I’ll address them in the next post. And I’ll selfishly kick things off with a question for you, if the event any of you have helpful advice for me on the matter:
Potty training during the night? Wha? Bwuh? How?