We started potty training Liam just before his second birthday. While reading this I want to say that every child is ready at a different time, and I DO NOT have the answers to how to do this right as we are still struggling with it. But why not share a few tips we have found successful to help out the next mom, right?
First of all, whoever said potty training would take 3 days lied. Family Day was approaching and I saw this as an opportunity to do three straight days of being naked, and BOOM he'd be potty trained. This is not what happened in the slightest.
Liam was showing signs that he was ready. We have had our potty in his bathroom since December, and we would use it every night before bed. He would also talk about using the potty, and could pull his pants down himself. After reading a few blog posts about this, I figured we were ready to take a stab at it.
It has not been easy, and thank goodness I also have a friend who decided to tackle this beast on the same weekend, so we have been helping each other through this! It has been a month now since we have started, and we are still having accidents, but taking each day as a new day!
A few things that has helped us:
- Spend the first 3 days bottomless: this way we could help him recognize when he had to pee and show him that we RUN to the potty as soon as we get that feeling.
- Use a sticker reward system: I drew a picture with a path and some fun animals, and every time he peed/pooed on the potty he would get a sticker! Once we got to the end I told him he would get a prize, which was a book about trucks!
- Provide snacks when they use the potty: We would celebrate each pee/poo with excitement and a graham cracker.
- Read to him on the potty: We had a few books in the bathroom at all times, and a few fun ones about poop. I will link them at the bottom of this post! We also used a "Super Bunny" and named his Super Pooper, to make things fun!
- Read the book "OH CRAP! Potty Training": I skimmed this book, which has a lot of great tips. But a lot of moms I have spoken with say it is the potty training Bible.
- Using Mickey Mouse Training Underwear: We chose a character that he really likes, and use these during the day to help him get used to wearing underwear eventually.
- Have lots of patience: Like I said before, we have been at it for a month now and still not completely potty trained, and it is hard, and frustrating for all parties, but we are all learning and eventually will get there.
I do feel like he had a bit of a 4 week "regression". When we would ask him if he needed to go, he would scream NO! and then started having accidents. So now what we have been doing is making it a routine to go at certain times of the day: after we wake up, before we go outside, before nap time, after nap time, before dinner, and before bed time. This way I don't ask him I physically pick him up and say "It's been a long time since we have gone to the potty, we are going to go sit and try".
So like I said before, I am not a pro, we are making mistakes, but hopefully some of this was a bit helpful for you as you tackle this big event with your toddler!
We have been planning the basement playroom for a few months now, and was hoping to have it done before baby number 2 came. Obviously we took on too many projects before becoming a family of 4, and this one took the back burner. But I'm happy that its slowly coming along.
Our first child is now two, and is VERY active. We as parents also love doing active things, so when planning the basement we knew we wanted it to be full of adventure. My husband insisted on a rockwall, and I'm glad he won that battle. It actually turned out to be a very easy, and quick DIY, so I thought I would share our process.
- Rock Wall Holds
- Spray Paint
My husband cut the wood to the size we needed. We purchased the thickest plywood for it to be more solid. We then used 2x4's to frame the wall to drill it onto the existing wall in the basement. Before hanging it up, we predrilled the holes for all of our holds. We could have drilled a bunch of holes to be able to move things around later, but we decided against it.
I then spray painted all of the holds three different colours, to match our colour scheme. They didn't have any sealer, so I'm sure I will have to re-paint them eventually, but with one coat the holds looked great and it took less than an hour to do all 20.
I waited a day after spray painting the holds before putting them up on our wall. And the finished product looked AMAZING! I love the colour choices, and Liam is already going up and down it (with help from Mom & Dad) everyday!
This is on our wish list! It would be perfect for our playroom, sliding into our ball pit, bringing it outside in dry weather, and it looks great!
Liam LOVES the outdoors and so rain boots were a must for him. I have a pair of hunters and they have lasted me 10 years, so I know they are durable. Bring on the rain!
This toy has been fun for us to cut fruit and name colours while we play. This will be a great toy to grow with as he uses his kitchen space.
This was something on our wish list for awhile. This toy has so many open ended purposes; rocking balance board, a seat, a safe haven, a bridge, a house, a step, a slide, a yoga aid, a fort, or a dinosaur! It can be anything you want it to be.
Liam is always wanting to use our vacuum when we are, so this toy allows him to help tidy the house. Now how to continue his love of cleaning for years to come..
This stylish baby swing is just so cute! We were looking for one for awhile, and fell in love with this design
2 in 1 bike, to grow with your child. As we get ready for Spring and Summer this is toy is one we are looking forward to using!
Promotes imaginary play, with the realistic farm animals. While they play you can name the animals, and sounds they make.
Perfect for the active toddler. It is designed to develop your little's muscles and strength, & coordination
As a new mom, this was one thing I found to be a difficult task-- finding the perfect diaper bag. Something I quickly realized was that
1. it needed to be a backpack and
2. its nice when your husband can also use it
I have a done a lot of research on diaper bags so here is my list of a few favourites:
This is the backpack I have been using for most of my maternity leave. Its small, but has a lot of storage, and it doesn't look like a diaper bag! Plus it's machine washable!
Who doesn't love everything from Lulu? This backpack has a built in pocket for "sweaty gear", or a great spot for dirty clothes/diapers
A lot of my purses are from Mat & Nat, so this was an obvious choice. It has a roomy interior with a top zipper, and it is 100% vegan leather
For those looking for a tote, this is your bag. It has convertible straps that allow you to wear it as a backpack, and zip up at the top
This backpack is super cute, and has 10 pockets, easy access magnetic flap, and straps that allow you to wear it three different ways
This is the diaper bag I started off with. I love the stylish, modern look it has and how it is also practical. It has 12 pockets, zips up easily at the top, and has a strap to wear many different ways