It has been a while since I posted this about our first step toward potty training our daughter. We purchased the potty chair and she has used it a few times, but we really haven’t pushed the issue.
“You have to wait until they’re ready,” is what I keep hearing and so, since she is only 19 months old, I held back.
Then, a few nights ago, while she was playing, she abruptly dropped everything and hurried to the bathroom. We took this as our cue that she’s ready to get rolling.
I anticipated my daughter would be somewhat frightened of the real toilet so I thought the potty chair would help ease her into the idea of using the toilet. Instead, she is obsessed with the real toilet. She loves everything about it: Sitting on it, flushing it, throwing copious amounts of toilet paper in it, throwing Mommy’s water bottle in it.
But luckily she is potty training her baby at the same time so the princess potty chair won’t go to waste. My daughter even brought the potty chair to the living room (clean, thank goodness) for the baby to use. This also allows the baby to catch up on episodes of How to Get Away with Murder while she goes.
It helps that my daughter’s daycare center is great about starting potty training early on. We are trying to be consistent with that at home, but I have yet to place any real expectations or goals (totally unlike me).
I feel that at her age, it is appropriate to give consistent opportunities to potty like a big girl without any pressure or stress and with plenty of praise when she does go.
I would love to hear from you: At what age was your child potty trained? Any advice?