3 Reasons Why I’m in Not Rushing Into Potty Training

My youngest daughter is turning 3 in September, and she is not yet potty trained. This is certainly not the end of the world, but it is a far departure from what I originally “planned”. 

Like her older sister, she began showing interest in the potty right after she turned two. Without even realizing it, I had mapped out the same timeline in my head that I used for her big sissy. It seemed like we were heading in that direction too, until Lily suddenly lost interest. 

At this point in time my initial inclination was to get frustrated and annoyed (I’m being honest). I wanted to get this milestone behind me, and according to the members of the “they society”, they all said it would be a simpler process being that she was my second child and a girl. *Please DO note the sarcasm* haha.

But no sooner than I felt the urge to get bothered, I decided to let it go. I knew it would happen when it happened and here are my three reasons why that’s not a bad thing at all!

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1. POTTY TRAINING BROUGHT OUT THE WORST IN ME

When I potty-trained my oldest who is now 5 years old, I was the most impatient and crazy mama!! I didn’t have that whole soft-spoken “It’s okay that you’ve pooped in your underwear because you didn’t want to stop playing and you’re learning and it’s a process.” voice. Nope. Not me! I had the “Have you lost your mind and now I have to clean up your nastiness AGAIN?!!!” roar instead. 

I.WAS. A. MESS. And the worst part is that my poor child saw such an ugly side of me and I often forgot that she was just that. A child. 

I certainly hope and pray that I’ve sincerely learned from that experience and will exercise more patience and a better perspective the second time around, but I’m in not in any rush to find out!!!

2. I CAN STILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SAVING ON OUR FAVORITE BRAND AT SAM’S CLUB

I know that many people are ready to get their little ones out of diapers because of the cost, but as I attempt my new, relaxed approach, I didn’t want this factor to make me feel that pressure. The great news is that we can get our Huggies from Sam’s Club, and still be economical!

From the newborn Huggies Little Snugglers, the toddler Huggies Little Movers and now the Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants, we have always trusted in this brand. 

If you’re all about convenience, you can also see if your local Sam’s Club offers Club pick-up or Scan & Go!! Talk about this mama’s dream! Hahaha!

From now until July 17th you can bundle with Huggies and instantly save $10 off any two, or $18 off any three diapers, wipes, and pants!!

These savings, and the convenience of the family-friendly environment at Sam’s Club, go a long way.

3. I’M NOT READY FOR MY LITTLE BUNDLE OF JOY TO GROW UP

Lily is my youngest, and while, Lord-willing, she won’t be my last, I find myself wanting to savor every moment with her so much more. I blinked and she started walking. I yawned (from sleep deprivation of course), and she started talking. And when I call her my baby she gets a little attitude as she says “I’m not a baby, I’m a girl!!” 🙂 

Maybe it’s because she’s my second born or because this time the “they society” is right. 

But when they say babies don’t keep, I feel it, I know it , and I’m not quite ready to let that go…

What is your potty training method? 

No matter where you are or if your baby is cooing, crawling, running or jumping, hug them tight, love them well and cherish your little bundles of joy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

44 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why I’m in Not Rushing Into Potty Training

  1. Loved this!!!!
    Flash backs of my kids and now Sophia my granddaughter who just turned four and has been potty trained for about a half a year. You captured everything so honestly. As always!!❤️

  2. That last comment was from me. I think I missed a letter in my email. I hate reading and posting on my iPhone cuz I have to sign in each time.
    But reread your post and had to laugh. Wait until you are the grandma and have even less control. Lol. I was horrified that my granddaughter did not GET the concept of potty training until 3!! Lol.
    Now we are in the pool and it never fails. She always has to go. Funny, I just realized her brothers never do!!!!

  3. I’m totally with you! With my first, I was totally rushed the potty training experience and drove myself (and probably others) nuts! With my second, I really slowed down and listened to her cues for readiness! It also was nice because once they’re potty trained, you have to find them a bathroom RIGHT NOW and let’s not forget about the wiping!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I did the same thing with Clara and I wish I had more patience with her too. She’s got time mama and letting them go naked wearing a dress or long shirt always seemed to work for us! Wish you all the best with Lily, she will get there. xo

  5. I’m totally with you on the waiting! I tried to potty train my older daughter when she was about 2.5 because everyone kept hinting that it was about that time and felt judged that my kid wasn’t going potty yet. It was a huge disaster that has spanned the last 2 years because she wasn’t at all internally motivated ( we’ve recently had a break through because we told her we couldn’t let her go to preschool this fall unless she was trained and she REALLY wants to go to school :). Now I have another 2.5 year old to train, and I am just trying to remain optimistic because she is showing way more interest than big sis ever did. Probably going to take the plunge with her sometime in the next couple of week. Wish me luck!

    1. Good luck mama!!! We may be heading there soon too, but again, I’m not trying to rush!!

      Blessings,

      Patricia

  6. OMG yes! Potty training my oldest was a horrible experience and my Mom-Rage reared its ugly head nearly every day. I still have PTSD (Potty Training Stress Disorder) so I’m in no hurry with my youngest! Yay for good, affordable diapers!

  7. Good luck, mama! We potty trained my 2 year old son over memorial day weekend and he is doing so well now! But it was so hard! I totally would’ve given up if my husband hadn’t been home to help me.

  8. I’m with you – not in any hurry! It would be nice to not have two in diapers come October but we’ll start when Parker is ready. I’ve never been to a Sams club but I’ll check it out. I love buying in bulk!

    1. Buying in bulk makes things so much easier!! I felt that pressure to get it done while I was pregnant too so I get it! Good luck with Parker!!

  9. Potty training is seriously the pits for me too! You are so right, they are little for such a short time. No reason to rush things!

  10. I am taking it slow with my daughter. I would rather ease into it than stress her and myself in the process. She will get there in her time. Thank you for this post.

  11. YES! YES! YES! Take your time. I learned with my first that when they are ready they will let you know. When they are ready to potty train
    it happens much faster than rushing them.

  12. Potty training is not my favorite. I am a lot like you when it comes to my patience with poop and pee and messes. My daughter showed interest in potty training when she was about 2 1/2 but we waited until she was closer to 3 before starting. A week before her 3rd birthday she came up to me and told me she didn’t want to wear diapers anymore. Well okay then! She did pretty well with just a few accidents here and there. With my son, I’d heard people say that boys usually start training a little later so I didn’t even start thinking about it until he was at least 3. Sure enough, he started showing interest so I hopped right on the potty train. Unfortunately, we had to put him back in pull-ups after he started having a ridiculous amount of accidents. This week, things clicked for him though and he’s almost earned his underwear!

    1. It’s such a process!!!! With my oldest I was perplexed because she got the concept down right away and rarely had a night time accident. But during the day it was so frustrating because she just wouldn’t stop and go and I probably made her more self-conscious about everything with my crazy behavior.

      I’m going to give my youngest time, and good luck on your end too!!

      Blessings,

      Patricia

  13. When I told Harper’s pediatrician I was starting potty training at 2, she looked at me like I was nuts. Lol! She advised me to wait until she 3 or even 3.5 to start training and I didn’t listen. BIG mistake. It was awful. I was horrible. A downright hot mess and mean mama. Once I quit forcing her and continued buying pull-ups, life was soooo much easier. She trained herself around 3.5 and night time training was a breeze because I let her do her thing.

  14. I love this! My three year old just started showing signs of wanting to sit on the potty and not go in his diaper. We are making our way there. I know he won’t be in diapers forever and I’m totally fine taking his cues to move forward.

    1. I love that Naya. They certainly won’t be in diapers forever and in time our babies will get there!!

      Blessings,

      Patricia

  15. First off, she is so adorable!
    Second, were not rushing to potty train either. He freaks out when his butt touches the toilet, so I don’t want to him to associate negative feelings with the potty. He’s just not ready! It’s not like he’ll be 8 and in diapers. When he’s ready, he’s ready.
    My oldest (who’s 4.5) was potty trained at 2 and he practically did it on his own. So hopefully it’ll click with my newly turned 2 year old.
    Great post mama!

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