Ten years of changing my son’s diapers. Yep, that’s what I’ve been through. Max has special needs, and potty-training him was a long, long haul. His delays had something to do with it—but so did my own stumbling blocks.
All the toilet-training pros talk about a child being “ready” to train but the truth is, it’s equally important for the parent to be ready (and maybe even more so). Because if you’re not ready to commit, stay on top of your child, and do all the dirty work, it’s not going to go smoothly. It’s not going to even go at all.
As of this month, my son is finally potty trained. It’s a major milestone in his life, and mine. He’s still wearing Pull-ups at night, but he’s a devoted toilet-goer all day long. Stashing away his diapers was one of the happiest things I’ve done all year—ditto for stopping my scheduled monthly order from Amazon! (What will we do with all that money we’ll save?!)
This is exactly what you can learn from my potty-training saga to help you more easily potty train your own child—the key strategies, the props, the inspiration. More potty power to you!
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