The first step to potty training is having a toddler who is ready. If your little one screams or cries while sitting on the potty chances are they aren’t ready. If they are peeing or pooping all over the house chances are they aren’t ready. You may be trying or have been trying to potty train for a while. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, trust me! It took my toddler a while to be ready. I tried before she was ready and it was a nightmare! So I decided to wait until SHE was ready. This time was actually easy, I didn’t think potty training could be easy but it can be.
I successfully potty trained my toddler with her help and readiness. She can now use the potty, wipe herself, flush and wash her hands! I didn’t think this day would ever come but it did and I am over the moon! I’m sharing my experience and tips because I know how frustrating and exhausting it is to have a toddler who wants nothing to do with the potty. I feel your pain and was there not too long ago. I was that overwhelmed mom with the frustrated toddler who wasn’t ready. It is hard, frustrating and exhausting but you can do it! Below are some tips from my potty training experience.
They need to be ready.
Signs for readiness include:
- They don’t tell you how bad it hurts. From the moment your little one latches on for the first time until around the second month it will hurt. I’m not saying it should be completely unbearable but it will hurt. It takes your nipples a little while to “toughen up”. My first baby was tongue-tied and had a horrible painful latch at first (before surgery) but my second had a great latch (yes, it was still painful at first). Nipple cream and refrigerated pads will be your best friends! Engorgement also hurts. I discovered engorgement when my little ones started sleeping all night. One early morning I woke up to engorgement. I pumped around 10 ounces and still had enough left to breastfeed, seriously I was that “backed up”! If you don’t have good posture while breastfeeding then your back may hurt. This momma recommends the side lying position, trust me!
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