Potty Training Mase Update
I wanted to give you an update on how Mase is doing with potty training and a little more about the process to those of you interested in starting it yourself. In this blog, I’ll be answering frequently asked questions.
To start, I want to mention that I considered myself pretty prepared day one. I received a full plan from Chelsea she is a baby and toddler specialist, with step by step instructions on how to go about these next three days. I ordered all the necessary accessories, stickers, and had two prize bins fully stocked with poop and pee prizes. We were ready! A few days later, I wrote this blog post about how I was feeling and an update on the PROCESS.
Please take note on the word process being in all caps as not all children potty train in 3 days. It doesn’t mean it won’t or couldn’t happen, but I’d mentally prepare yourself that it could be longer and the biggest thing is to keep reminding yourself that it will get better. Chelsea adds, “I cannot stress enough how important it is to prepare yourself and them. Make sure you have all of the equipment you need (new underwear, rewards, etc.) and discuss the plan with them.” Set yourself up for success! “Expect 3 days of being inside and at home. Remember of course, it will take longer for lasting change.” How much time is needed to take off work? “I recommend 3 days to be at home. If three days doesn’t work, two will do. Just remember that Potty Training is a process. It takes time and does not happen overnight. Even after the 3 days, you are still working with them and they are learning.”
One of the common questions I got regarding potty training was how did I know Mason was ready?I heard from many different people that they potty trained their child at 18 months and others wouldn’t even recommend trying until 3 years old. We personally wanted to at least attempt it earlier than later, as Mason is starting preschool soon and we are traveling… so we just went for it and thought 2.5 was a good number. Chelsea states, “There are several signs to look for. Your child is able to follow instructions, pull pants up and down, tell you when they have gone to the restroom, and interested in the potty. The age of when the child is ready ranges between 18 months- 3 years of age. You just want to make sure they can walk and sit independently. They do not need every sign to be ready but watching out for some would be helpful.”
What if your toddler isn’t very verbal?
Chelsea replies,“There are many ways to communicate. As long as they can communicate their needs to you and you them, I think it is fine. If you are nervous about this because of the communication piece, there is no harm in waiting.”
What are you doing for naps and nighttime?
Mason is wearing underwear throughout the day and diapers during his nap and bedtime. I find no reason to make any changes to his routine for sleep as Honest Pampers has always been the best fit for our family and I truly love using this brand. Mason is protected, supported, and comfortable while sleeping thanks to that 100% Honest protection that I know and trust.
Did you buy underwear or training pants?
We bought underwear. Make it apart of your “getting ready” stage and pick some fun ones out together!
When do you plan on training for naps and nighttime?
Mason always wakes up with a wet diaper, so we are not ready. Chelsea adds, “You train them when they are ready. Biologically many kiddos are not ready to night and nap train when they day train and this is fine by me. Wait until they ask or are dry after sleeping.”
What toilet seat insert and accessories did you use?
I'll link everything in my Amazon page under Potty Training and I also love Ikea products.
Did the potty training watch help?
Honestly, Mason wasn’t into it. I linked one on the page and you can also buy it for $5 at Target, but I personally would have skipped that purchase had I known. I have heard it is very helpful to other kids though.
What prizes did you offer for poop, pee, and trying?
When he was sitting on the potty and attempting to go, he always got one sticker. He could take it with him or decorate his squatty potty. We also had a sticker chart, but that was only for when he would actually go pee or poop. If he went pee, he would pick from the pee bin: bubbles, lollipops (he once got 3 lollipops one morning- oh boy!), etc. The poop prizes were a little larger of value: coloring books, etc. Target and dollar store had amazing options for this.
True or False: It’s harder to potty train boys than girls?
Chelsea answers, “This is stated often but I don’t know if I buy it. I think that every child is so different. Boy or girl! So, I think we should evaluate when to start each child based on readiness of child and the parent.”
How to react when he pees/poops in his pants?
Chelsea answers, “I think just be real and genuine about the situation but don’t shame. Accidents happen and are normal. But they are also gross. I would always say, “Oh no! We don’t want to pee our pants. Yuck! Pee in the potty.” Then move on. Simple, real, no shame. But also, being realistic because …yuck! We don’t want that to continue to happen. They can also help you clean up the mess.”
What to do if toddler refuses to go poop in the potty?
He keeps asking for a pull up. This happened to us a lot, and we are still dealing with accidents. Some days he does it, some days he goes during nap or bedtime, sometimes he refuses. We personally just have his come off of the toilet and try again when he wants to. Some nights, its going on and off often. I try not to show stress about it. Chelsea adds, “I would not give them a pull up to poop in but I would also not pressure them to use the potty. The pooping will happen and we don’t want constipation to happen. Make sure you have a stool for them to rest their legs on while sitting on the potty. Time and patience.”
Tips for a frustrated mama?
Girl, I feel you. Potty training put me over the edge and made me have some really hard days. It is FRUSTRATING. A concept you’d think is so simple… is NOT to the little people who have never done it. I think the best medicine for feeling this way is knowing you are not alone and talking to other moms out there who may have done it or are doing it with you! Chelsea adds, “Wine? I am kidding (sort of!) I am a firm believer that frustration is a motivating tactic for all of us. We have to learn to deal with our frustrations and remember that this is a very new and different skill. We have to give it time. So before starting potty training, I would make sure you are ready. Really ready because it is frustrating! Lean on your friends and partner for support. Take breaks when you need to. Deep breaths and tackle one day at a time. You are doing great!!”
How do you remain calm?
This is a great question. Honestly, I don’t feel like I had it together for potty training. I thought it would be so much easier, yet, I KNEW it would be something so simple that would help make it all click for Mason and we would be (for the most part) golden after that. Just try to mentally prepare yourself for a tough few days of sitting on the bathroom floor. Tea? Wine? Deep breaths?
How did you get Mase to sit on the toilet and wait for pee to get out? My toddler seems to be holding it in.
Mason did the same. It was awful and I knew he really needed to go, just didn’t know how to. An amazing tip that Chelsea taught us was to have them sit on the toilet and push twice, if nothing happened then they could get up and try again (if fighting sitting on the toilet). That was a huge light bulb for Mase, once he made the connection with pushing and peeing.
Does Mason still go every hour or do you wait for him to tell you?
For the most part, I wait. There are some moments where I’ll look at him and ask if he has to go (I know I shouldn’t be asking) and he will tell me yes or no. I always see if we can try to go to the potty before we leave the house and if not before, then when we get somewhere.
How has it been going out in the public restroom?
It’s been the same as home. Sometimes he will go and sometimes he won’t. For the most part, his really good at going to the restroom in public when he needs to. Poop, we are still working on being consistent with in general. I was taking the potty insert with us wherever we went, until i learned about the foldable options they sell on Amazon.
Any tips when going out for the first time?
Chelsea adds, “Just go for it! Bring extra clothes and know that accidents are part of learning. It is scary to leave at first but then it becomes normal fairly quickly.”