Now that Paxton has been potty trained for almost 6 months, I’m finally ready to share about our training experience. {I’ve been hesitant to share, fearing that it was too good to be true and he’d regress!}

I’m certainly no expert in potty training and don’t believe the process we used will work for every child but this is what worked for Paxton.

First, I want to note that I had absolutely no expectations or hopes of having him potty trained before the age of 3. Most of the little boys I know trained right around the age 3 and I was okay with that. I’ve heard mama’s of little ones talk about training like it’s a competition. Hear me mama’s, it’s not a competition! I did not get a gold star for having a little boy potty trained at 2 {although a lightened cloth diaper load was a huge reward!}

When Paxton turned 2 in April, we bought him underwearand a small potty,  just to introduce them to him and see if he had any interest. We put the underwear on him and talked to him about pee-peeing in the potty but he had no interest. We put the underwear away but left the potty in our bathroom and talked to him about using it when we were in the bathroom.

In June, he developed a diaper rash and I decided to let him ‘air out’ rather than using disposables and diaper cream. I rolled up the rugs and pulled out the potty {it was in whatever room we were in so he had easy access}. There were accidents and it wasn’t fun with a 6-month-old fussy little brother but after a couple days he was pee-peeing in the potty occasionally. He went to my parents a few days later for a week and I decided to postpone the training so he and my parents could enjoy the visit.

When he got back, I decided we were going to spend another week diaper free in an attempt to potty train. We stayed home all week, he ran around naked and towards the end of the week, his success rate was good enough that my husband and I ventured to town with him in underwear and the potty in the back of our car. He did have a little accident while we were gone but it was a matter of not getting to the potty fast enough instead of just peeing on himself, we counted that a success!

He did struggle a little bit with underwear, he seemed to view them like a diaper and was okay wetting in them. We spent about a week ‘underwear training’.

In mid-July, he went to visit my husband’s parents for a week and we sent the small potty along with him. He had no accidents all week with them including #2!

By the beginning of August, I considered him trained, he was in underwear full time and had a success rate of about 80%.

Of course, there were accidents along the way like #2 at friends homes {he’s had a hard time tearing himself away from toys} and at church. He also had a habit of wetting in class on Sunday’s but most of the time it was because he told his teachers too late.

Now, at 2 years and 7 months old, he’s 95% potty trained. There’s the occasional accident due to laziness and he wears nighttime training pants but he successfully goes to town and has even taken a few road trips without accidents!

This brief summary of our potty training makes it seem almost easy and it was easier than I expected but still very involved. In the past 2 months, as his success rate has increased, my stress level has decreased and I know the stress was due to potty training.

If you’re thinking about potty training, my advice is do not compare your child to others and don’t pressure your child to train if he’s not ready. And, buy a bottle of non-toxic cleaning spray to clean up the frequent accidents in those early days.

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