Potty training has been a complete hit and miss in our house. My dear daughter started showing interest in October. She peed on the potty and did the potty dance. It was a short lived celebration. She wasn’t ready to take the the plunge. She had anxieties over the potty. She didn’t want to wear underwear. It just wasn’t the ideal situation. I was okay with that. She was only 27 months at the time. Still quite young.
We planned to reintroduce potty training again in mid- April after we returned from vacation. Cadence decided she had other plans. Out of nowhere this week Cadence started insisting I pull out the potty and get Two Little Hands Potty Time loaded up in the DVD player. What was I going to say ‘no, you have to wait!’? How horrible of a Mom would I be to not follow her cues. Sure it doesn’t fit into my plans, but who cares!?! Cadence does and she’s ready! We have to flow with it. Literally.
I’ve never potty trained a child before. I’m feeling a tad bit stressed out about it. There are so many different approaches. I don’t even know where to begin. Right now Cadence insists on being put in a diaper with underwear worn over top… is that not giving her the wrong idea if I let her dress in that manner?
Also, how long should I let her sit on the potty before giving up? She could sit on the potty for hours on end. Seriously. She’ll tell me she has to pee. We pull out the potty and she sits… and sits… and sits. Hours could roll by. The moment she puts the diaper back on, she’ll pee.
Clearly, I’m putting too much thought into all of this. This is all just so new to me.