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I Just Potty Trained My 3-Year-Old; Here’s Everything I Wish I’d Known Beforehand

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I Just Potty Trained My 3-Year-Old; Here’s Everything I Wish I’d Known Beforehand

Also, some final thoughts on those training days:

Rewards: We didn’t use sticker charts or M&Ms during the three days. No real reason why, we just figured that he didn’t need them. And he didn’t! But like I said before, *you* are the expert on your child, so you know what’s likely to work (or not work) best here.

Post-potty celebrations: There’s a school of thought that you shouldn’t celebrate each time your child goes in the potty because, ya know, real life. But we celebrated excessively with song and dance in the beginning because it felt like a really big deal. And it made things just a little more fun for us. Maybe we’re weirdos. You do you!

• For the boys: We found our son was having trouble distinguishing when he needed to go number 1 and number 2. My amazing mother-in-law, a former preschool teacher with plenty of experience around this, told me to just have him stand to pee. I had it in my head that he needed to master sitting down first, but this worked like a charm. We put some Cheerios in the toilet bowl to help him practice his aim, and he had everything figured out within a day.

• Strategic pull-ups: We opted for pull-ups at naptime, just to take some of the pressure off and because we will protect the nap AT ALL COSTS. Same thing goes for bedtime. Once we find that he isn’t wetting his pull-ups, then we’ll just stop using them and see how it goes. He understands this, so it works for us.

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