What time is it?
It is time to plan ahead! One key to successful potty training is planning ahead! The more you are prepared and the more prep work you do in advance, the quicker you will see results when you train!
Our 15 month old is nearing her window and already knows the word 'potty', will tell me when she poops, and loves to hand out the toilet paper to those in need, ha!
I am already planning ahead to see when I will be able to train her best. Here are some key factors I am considering when figuring out the perfect time to train our Marygrace!
1. Looking for breaks in her sisters' school schedule: I have taken a look at their school calendar to see when there will be a few days where we can stay at home. The key number for me is 3. I know that if I can get 3 days in a row where we can be limited to the amount of times we need to leave the house, my training will be more successful. Our total training is 5 days, but on days 4 and 5, I know that there is a lot more flexibility because the foundation of the potty in days 1-3 has been laid and its a familiar concept that has been practiced over and over!
2. When to buy her a potty: I actually told Ellee and Audrey (her sisters) that in the next couple of weeks, I would be buying Marygrace her very own potty seat! They were SO thrilled! She is already interested in the process, so she needs to have one to practice sitting on! Once she has a potty, I will begin to lay the groundwork needed before the training days.
3. Working around Trips/Vacations: I always want to make sure that I am not trying to train right before going on vacation. I liked my girls to have several weeks of practice in their home where everything is familiar to them. Repetition and practice is easier if they are learning a new concept within an area where they feel safe an secure. Once they have it down pat, then introducing them to long trips in the car, staying at a different house/hotel room, etc, were never an issue and it was such a smooth transition!
4. When is she truly ready? With both of my other girls, I always knew that once they had the interest, I started introducing the concepts. I am a firm believer that kids are capable of doing much more than we ever give them credit for. Potty training is just another piece of evidence to that. There is no doubt that Marygrace is approaching her time to train and I could not be more excited about it!
One thing is for sure, I will have 2 super awesome helpers and cheerleaders supporting her along the way! I will keep you updated on the dates we will train so you can follow along!
In the meantime, if you have a little one who you still need to train, go ahead and take the time to plan ahead! It is so worth it!