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I have something to confess. Dreu is already 3.3 years old and he isn’t potty trained yet.
I realized this fact when we were deciding what size of diaper to get for him. Apparently his XL sized diaper is already uncomfortable and he’s getting red marks around his thighs. So we’re already switching to XXL.
Imagine the money we’ve spent on diapers for 3 years now. Expensive! And it just gets worse. Now XXL?
That’s when I realized that he needs to be potty trained already.
We attempted to potty train before but maybe he was too young then that’s why we didn’t succeed. Or his mother — me — the queen of inconsistency — just can’t train him to have hourly potty breaks.
Well, a lot has changed since then so maybe we’ll succeed this time.
Besides, all the other books I’ve read on potty training says you should start them at around 18 – 20 months, and we’re past that so this should work. Or am I too late?
I have no idea. Unfortunately, motherhood doesn’t come with some sort of manual with these kinds of things. God, I wish.
My brain cells are melting with my 101 questions about potty training.
Am I on the right path? Is it too late now? How do I start? Will it get messy? How about night training? Is it hard?
And I don’t know — is there a right time for potty training? I have no one to ask questions from because my parents are too far and we don’t normally have these kinds of conversations. I am not close to my mother-in-law either. I don’t have mom friends around to ask questions too. Bummer. What a life I live.
I am winging parenting and I am scared every single day.
Not just with potty training but everything that comes with it. Before, I thought I couldn’t handle giving birth, I was so scared but I survived. I thought I couldn’t survive breastfeeding but I did. I thought I can’t survive living in a city – far away from home with a baby and a partner whose family I haven’t really gotten acquainted with but I did.
So maybe, potty training will be one successful journey too.
I mean, I’ve read every blog post on “signs your toddler is ready to potty train,” and he gets 4/8 out of those signs. So yeah, I have no idea where I stand.
But despite all these questions in my head, I will push through potty training him (trial and error).
So… my plan is to:
- Bring his potty out again (cuz we already bought one before but haven’t really used it).
- Expose him to the potty. The reason behind why we haven’t really used that potty was because he was scared. He screams as if the potty will swallow him whole. So, hopefully, that’s changed now.
- Don’t let him wear diapers during daytime (scary!) For sure that’s gonna be messy but hey, maybe the payoff is greater than the sacrifice.
Is that good enough to start?
No idea. But I will update you about our potty training journey.
Thoughts? Advice? I could really use some help.