Once upon a time I was a mother of one, 15 month old little girl. I decided she was a genius (clearly), and so advanced (naturally), that I should potty train her right away. I mean, how could I go wrong? I was seven months pregnant, and all those little princess panties in the Target aisle were so cute, and did I really want TWO kids in diapers?
That’s where the Cottonelle Clean Care Routine comes in. You start with these soft Cottonelle Cleansing Clothes, that are better than baby wipes, because they can be flushed down the toilet safely.They clean bums that just don’t seem to get clean with just toilet paper yet. (And let’s be honest, these are sort of ridiculously awesome for adults, too. In case you were wondering.)
THEN you take some nice, cushion-y toilet paper. (Note: your kids WILL unroll it all when you aren’t looking and then roll it all back on so it resembles a mummy wrapping on the roll.) From someone who traditionally buys the cheapie, 1-ply stuff, this Cottonelle Clean Care amazing-ness is like switching from notebook paper to pure soft cotton. I’m in love;) Teach your little ones to pat themselves dry after using the Cleansing Wipes, and they (and their teeny tiny undies!) will be cleaner.
After all that, your (or my…) kids will be potty trained for a year or more, and you’ll sit there all smugly and and congratulate yourself on a job well done…then they’ll regress. My four year old has lately been having trouble with accidents again. The daytime ones are often pure laziness on my part. I get busy and forget to remind him to go, and he gets lazy and waits till the last minute, and that’s that.
My newest issue that we’ve been working through the past month or so has been the night bed wetting. AGAIN. I’ve had to start waking him up (after a year of him being all the way trained), and bringing him to the potty before I go to bed, AGAIN. Still, maybe three times a night I haven’t been getting there in time. I like the Cottonelle Cleansing Clothes in this situation because I don’t have wipes anymore, due to the fact that I THOUGHT I WAS DONE WITH THEM, and I can clean him up quick and get him back in bed. They’ve been a lifesaver actually.
When it is all said and done, potty training is an ongoing process. Every single time I think I have figured out parenthood, or finished with some phase or another, something new comes up. I DO know this: My child will not go to high school with a pull-up on. Most setbacks are just that, a phase that always works itself out. All we can do is try our best to let our kids do things at their own pace. And they will! Am I worried that my already potty trained child is wetting the bed again? Not really. I’m tired of changing the sheets at ten p.m., but he is most likely going through something growth wise that is causing his body to regress a bit. Here’s hoping he relearns to get up himself. Mama is tired of washing sheets;)
Tell me, how have you been successful (or not!) at potty training your littles?