10 Steps for Using the Bathroom with a One-Year-Old

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Here are the steps for using the bathroom with my daughter’s “help.” It’s not for the faint of heart. Can anyone else relate to my plight?

  1. Shut the bathroom door for some privacy, leaving one-year-old in hall. Meltdown occurs.
  2. Promptly open door and allow her to enter the bathroom.
  3. Sit on toilet and place foot in path between toddler and trash can.
  4. Do your business and use whatever toilet paper is left after toddler has undone the roll throughout the bathroom.
  5. Pull up pants and flush while toddler attempts to splash in toilet.
  6. Wash toddler’s hands.
  7. Wash your own hands while holding the bathroom cupboard closed with your right knee and the toilet seat closed with your left foot.
  8. Make mental note to buy more baby-proofing supplies next time you’re at Target.
  9. Put toddler on floor and hold her between knees while you wash your own hands and she wiggles and wails.
  10. Exit the bathroom with a sigh. By now you have to go again.

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