- Potty learning makes me feel like Jemma is grown up, more grown up than I want her to be
- It takes effort on my part to get this process going and I’m a third trimester tired mama
- I don’t really know where to start. Part of me feels lame for not pursuing elimination communication techniques from the beginning and now, I’m at a loss trying to determine where to start. There are many theories out there!
But then, I connected with Steph at Super Skivvies and seeing her training pants helped me take the plunge into my research. Super Skivvies offers adorable cloth training pants and since I’m a cloth diapering mama, cloth training pants seemed like the natural option as we transition out of diapers. Plus, Super Skivvies are lined with bamboo – the most luxurious, absorbent fabric. Bamboo pretty much makes me want a pair of Mama Skivvies pronto :) Super Skivvies FAQ page offers great resources and details on the topic of cloth trainers and potty learning. That’s where my research started.
So far, I’ve determined that the first step in potty learning is assessing awareness. At 20 months, Jemma is definitely aware of the toilet and diaper time. She loves watching me use the restroom and tries to help me flush. When I go to change her I ask her to lay down for me and half the time she does. The other times she runs away :) Mid diaper change she tap her bottom and grab a wipe and try to help too. She has used the potty a few times in the early morning, right when she wakes up, but other than that she doesn’t really tell me when she needs to pee or poo.
So … awareness. I’d say we are getting there.
Now, the next step? I’m not really sure. I really don’t want to put a ton of effort into potty learning, have brother arrive, and then have Jemma regress. I’d almost rather wait until she is overly ready. Any thoughts or ideas? Especially from mamas who have welcomed a second baby during the potty learning?
In the meantime, I’m off to do some more research/reading. Thank the Lord for the internet and for mama’s who are sharing their experiences!
- Easy Potty Learning for Toddlers
- 13 Toilet-Training Tips to Learn Before You Start
- Toilet Learning Made Easy
- Potty Learning
- Potty Learning – Learning to Let Go
- Potty Learning with Patience and Praise
Oh, and one more thing … I was amazed by this chart when comparing disposable and cloth trainers.
Kind of makes the decision simple, doesn’t it? Cloth is the way to go! Plus, if you use coupon code THATMAMA you’ll receive 20% off your order (excluding packs). If you’re ready for a pack, you can sign up for the Super Skivvies mailing list here and receive 10% off!
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