Okay so this post has been a long time coming... like crazy long time... like we have been potty training for an embarrassingly long time BUT because of that I have a few tips to pass on that have made our journey more fun and in some cases literally made my life easier through this whole potty training process. The main thing to keep in mind though is that these are just tips and every child is different so no matter where you are in this journey, it is okay and you will get there! The most important thing is to let your child go at their own pace and know that your not alone in this. Potty training is hard but these are a few things that have made our journey just a little bit easier along the way:
1. Don't rush the Process - This is important because if you rush your child they are only going to get frustrated which is going to make you frustrated and no one is going to get anywhere if everyone is frustrated. Jessamyn goes through phases where she is into potty training and phases where she is totally not into it and we don't push her when she isn't. Letting her decide how fast or slow this process goes has made all the difference in keeping this low key and not making it a constant battle in our life right now.
2. Let your Child have Choices - Jessamyn is all about choice especially when the situation is new and she is learning something for the first time... I'm not calling her difficult but she is fiercely independent and strong willed and so giving her choices with potty training has made all the difference as far as her comfort level. What that has meant for us is I took her to the store and let her pick out underwear that she wanted. I also let her pick out her potty seat and every day we go into her room and she decides which pair of underwear she wants to wear. It is a small thing but it gives her some control of the situation which I think has really helped. I mean from her perspective all she has ever known is diapers so this is totally new and as much as I can I am trying to make this a fun transition rather than overwhelming.
3. Embrace the Chaos- This was hard for me... like really hard because I like control. Potty training means your schedule changes and you are kind of at the mercy of your child's potty habits and have to go with that! We try to keep that in mind as we schedule plans and go throughout the day... obviously it wont be that way forever but for the time being she is so new to this it is important to listen to what she is saying and go with her schedule. This has drastically cut down on accidents and made my life a bit more chaotic as far as my plans but a lot easier as far as potty training goes.
4. A Mattress from Washabelle- This is the most amazing mattress I have ever seen AND it has been such a lifesaver with potty training. I kind of slacked off on potty training Jessamyn overnight because I didn't really want to have to figure out how to clean her bed if she had an accident and wasn't sure how to get around that. When we got our mattress from Washabelle it was perfect and basically took care of all the concerns I had about potty training overnight.
Washabelle is a brand that wanted to fix the problem of not being able to clean a mattress so they created a washable one! The top zips off and is washer and dryer safe and so far has been super durable and worked really well! They sell a Life Saving Package with an additional top cover so if your child has an accident in the middle of the night you can simply switch out the top and continue on with your night. Oh and did I mention that it is made of memory foam? So not only is it washable but crazy comfortable... Jessamyn has literally asked to go to bed some nights and I. am not making that up she loves this mattress.
This post is sponsored by Washabelle but this review is my own thoughts and I am genuinely impressed which is why I am including it in this list. Nothing says life saving potty training tip like not having to figure out how to clean or throw away a mattress at 2 in the morning.
5. Know that You are not Alone - This is less of a tip and more of a giant hug to let you know you aren't alone in this I promise. I honestly didn't realize how hard potty training can be and how isolating it can feel. Know that teaching your child to go to the bathroom isn't easy and if you are struggling you aren't alone. Take a deep breath, and just know you will get through it... they wont be in diapers forever I promise!
Okay! Those are my tips! I would love to hear yours if you have any? OR if you have any questions or thoughts about the Washabelle Mattress please leave them below! We genuinely love ours and it has most definitely made overnight potty training a million times easier. You can find the Life Saver package we have HERE.