Baileigh could not have surprised me more. I had put off potty training because I just didn’t feel like she was ready. She wanted to wear big girl panties but she wouldn’t recognize when she needed to go to the bathroom. This would make a huge mess in any room she would walk into. I didn’t want to discourage her, but I’ll be honest. I didn’t want to clean up pee off my floors fifteen times a day. That just would not be my cup of tea.
Here’s what we did. I didn’t push her into potty training. Every morning, I’d ask her what she wanted. Most mornings she would tell me she wanted to wear big girl panties. I’d let her and we do the whole go to the potty thing. But once she had three accidents, it was diaper time and we’d try again later. Luckily, at this point she wanted to wear a diaper because she didn’t like feeling pee in panties anyways.
Fast forward a few days. I remember this day specifically in our short journey. I was babysitting and she was wearing big girl panties. She had been doing good all morning and then just asked for a diaper. Because I wanted it to be all on her, I gave in and put a diaper on her. She seemed to be feeling overwhelmed and I wanted her to be able to play with her friend without having to worry about accidents. She wore the diaper for about an hour when she run up to me. She told me she peed and she wanted panties on. This was her last daytime diaper during awake time. This was big. It was her choice to put it on and after peeing in it, she decided to take it off and be done.
Since then, she has gone through multiple nap times, play time, hour long car rides, family get togethers, and grocery store runs without an accident. She was ready. It was time. She was a big girl and was ready to spend her days in big girl Minnie Mouse panties.
For a few days, the thought of her potty training was really hard for me. This was her last “baby” thing. We had already outgrown night time feedings, bottles, binkies, and now diapers. Bai has always been a very mommy dependent child. She’s always been a mommy’s girl. And now, she’s more independent and wants to do everything on her own. She has such a sassy attitude that I’m not sure that being independent is good or not! I think that just means we’re in a bunch of trouble!!! Haha
Mamas that have potty trained, how was your experience? Scary? Easy? Better or worse than you expected?? Tell me all about it in the comments below! 🙂