Thursday, April 5, 2012

Potty Training

As most of you know, I used to be a preschool teacher. Most children were potty-trained when they came to my classroom, but some weren't, so I've had a little bit of experience getting children out of diapers.

For the past few months, Stephanie has used the potty off and on, mostly before bath. This weekend, she asked to go, and since we had no plans I decided just to go with big-girl underwear and see what happened. She had a great day, two accidents, but told us when she had to go.

Sunday was the same thing...two accidents, but she consistently told us she needed to go. (Often too consistently...we were in the bathroom sometimes every 2 minutes.) 

We put a Pull-Up on her for nap and a diaper at nighttime, and every time she woke up, she asked to go. (Her diapers were wet, but I had no expectations for dry diapers overnight at this point of the training.) 

Monday and Tuesday were much of the same. She told us when she had to go, and was even able to hold it in the car until we arrived at our destination and she was able to use the potty. (We use the Pull-Ups in the car, too. I'm not ready to try and pull apart the carseat to wash it yet.) 

This morning, we hit a huge milestone. At 6:45 I heard her knock on the door and say she needed to go potty. When I brought her in, she went, and I realized her diaper was dry. 

I've been hesitant to celebrate her success, because I'm waiting for the other shoe to fall. In my mind, how can my baby be potty trained? She's my baby! But I think it's time to admit...she may still be my baby, but she's growing up, and she can use the potty like a big girl now. 


  1. That's great news! I know it's bitter sweet to see them grow up!

    1. Thanks Kasey. Yes, it really is bittersweet...I still can't wrap my mind over the fact that she is a little person now, not just a tiny baby.

  2. Yah! Potty training was so hard for us. It took us 3 years and 2 months to get there:)

    1. Aww, i'm sorry. I don't know why she took to it right away...I think it's just that I happened to grab the opportunity right as she was ready for it. I'm not going to question it though, i'm just happy it's working so far! :)


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