Potty training is not something I feel like an expert in, despite having three kids. The older boys were hard to train, though I tried to follow advice that suggested waiting until they were ready on their own . . . which they never were. I’m convinced that if we hadn’t had our trip to Canada to motivate the big push, they would both still be in diapers!
Dominic showed interest in the toilet around 9 months, but since he couldn’t walk yet, I didn’t do much with it. In retrospect, that was a terrible idea. Later, he was completely against it and told me he only wanted diapers. I was still contemplating how to handle this when we decided to try training in segments. Every morning, we would have him pantless and use the potty. It was hit and miss and we had more accidents than success. When work was heavy, I would forget to tell him to go every 15 minutes, which didn’t help.
Last week, Irving put pants and no diaper on the kid, which has historically resulted in 0% success. He threw a tantrum and fussed about it all morning, but after one accident, he started to calm down and get more interested. The first 100% diaper free day was a long one, with a lot of laundry, but by the end of the day, he was asking me to pause his show so he could go to the bathroom.
Fast forward 5 days and we are potty trained! Virtually no reminders are necessary and he just heads to the bathroom when he needs to. It feels so strange to reach this stage of life, where diapers are only a thing we deal with at night or if we are in the car for a long time. My baby isn’t a baby anymore. It’s a little bittersweet, but I certainly don’t miss changing stinky diapers!