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What They Don’t Tell You About Life After Potty Training

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When people tell you proudly “She potty trained at 18 months!” or they ask you “Oh, is he still in diapers?” send them this link. Because what they’re all failing to tell you is what life is like AFTER the potty training. Is it all roses and sunshine? Oh no. No, it is not.

baby on potty with toilet paper

I speak to you as the mother of a three year old who recently decided to potty train herself (the three year old, not me). Here are some things that those proud, my-kid-is-already-potty-trained-and-yours-isnt parents don’t tell you about the weeks after potty training a child.

1. You live in constant fear- Do you need to pee? Are you sure you don’t need to pee? Don’t drink too much water, you’ll need to pee again!

2. You have to bring along extra clothes just incase there is an accident. And there will be!

3. Have you seen how disgusting public restrooms can be? Especially at parks? GROSS. Do you want your tiny child going on that huge, filthy toilet? So you’re holding them up there? And what will you do with your other child while you’re helping the first one?

4. Wherever you go, you need to always know where the toilet is. I feel like one of those airline hostesses who can point out all the exits on an airplane- I can point out all the bathrooms at every nearby mall.

5. You will hear “Mommy, I need to go to the potty right now!” while you are driving. You will pull over, get out, arrange your child on their portable potty, wait, wait, and wait some more, and…. Nothing. Fake smile now mommy!

6. You will be in the middle of a great conversation with your friends and you will feel the tug on your leg which means: stop your fun, and take me to go pee. Now.

7. At some point, you will deal with a wet bed and poop in underwear. Or pee on the floor. Or poop on the floor. No-one tells you that, do they?

8. And right when you think “My kid is a pro!” they will pee. In public. In their clothes. The one time you happen to have no extra clothes. Brilliant.

Two words: DIAPERS ROCK!!! 😉

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Sunday 1st of December 2013

Your ideas were really creative and innovative, yet they were really useful enough for me. I never found it difficult to follow your procedures, and I would love to share this with my family and friends in my blog. Thanks and more power to your website.


Sunday 3rd of November 2013

tvc, I am sure that she does not let her children just "sit there" in poop and pee. This was just a fun and cute way of talking about the bumps in the road of potty training a child. Enjoy it or don't read it but don't be a turd about it. Pun intended.


Friday 1st of November 2013

So, for purely selfish reasons you should not potty train a child that clearly is ready to? This is just plain stupid! It's just one more example of parents being too busy ... So let the child keep using disgusting diapers and sit there in urine and poop! I just don't get it!


Friday 1st of November 2013

It's true that newly potty trained kids are more of a challenge to be out and about with. However, there is one huge advantage to potty training early: using few diapers.

Your last post was about environmentally friendly diapers, an even better way to be environmentally friendly is to not need to use as many diapers because your kid is potty trained early. Saving 6 months of diapers means ~1000 fewer diapers in landfill, not to mention the power/water used to produce them.

There is a great book: Diaper-free before 3 that lays out how to train early. Following this approach with my just 2-year-old took 2 months before it all clicked. I'm sure some kids get it faster, but even 2 months wasn't so bad. I do still carry around a travel potty if I expect to be too far from facilities, but that's not too onerous :-)

Rachel R

Friday 1st of November 2013

This made me laugh! Number 1 is so true. As for number 3, I'm sure people laugh when they hear me in public bathrooms with my 3-year-old daughter yelling, "DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING! NO! DON'T TOUCH THAT!" while my 1-year-old son tries to open the stall door. I just had baby number 3 and I don't even want to think about taking all three kids into a public bathroom! And for some reason the 1-year-old and 3-year-old love to yell in public bathrooms - I think they love the echo! Oy!

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