Ok, I’m putting my cards on the table.
THIS is a sponsored post…I rarely do sponsored posts, but when the good people at Cottenelle approached my good people, I couldn't refuse…based on the potential for poop jokes...and the fact that their new flushable wipes are just like me because they we both have a huggable softness that goes a long way...However, unlike me, they are alcohol free.
Wow, his integration is seamless.
Wow, his integration is seamless.
This also tied in with a topic I was going to write about this week, which is how I potty trained both the kids…so I figured, what the H-E double hockey sticks, I’ll try it and see how it hurts my street cred.
You have no street cred.
Perfect, put the check in the mail, let’s begin.
Being the modern male I am, I try to be an active Dad. Helping with diaper changing has become one of my main responsibilities because Holly’s newest response to a dirty diaper is, “I JUST CAN’T..” while shaking her head and waving her arms. (Moments later she usually has the audacity to say she wants another baby…yeah, I’m not busy enough and guess what, after my vasec, “I JUST CAN’T…”)
Also, I didn’t know you could say “I JUST CAN’T…” when she demanded the entire house be painted in 2 days…but, now I know what to say next time she thinks we should spend any holiday with her side of the family.
Anyway, I was appointed king of getting the kids potty trained and they both became the potty all stars of their classes in day care. They both learned in about 2-3 days and so can you if you follow these "4 special steps!” (sang to the tune of Special Agent Oso, the worst show on Disney)
1. Kids use the regular toilet. No having them deuce in a kid’s potty shaped like Elmo’s mouth. You want to get them using a real potty, because that’s what they will be doing the rest of their lives. I see those kid’s potties as a crutch…and thing that the dog will try and eat of at some point.
2. NO PULL UPS. Why would you have a kid wear a diaper when you are trying to get them out of diapers??….that’s like giving a meth head some speed to help him break the addiction. No, we are going to underwear city. When your child first pees in underwear, they will realize it’s uncomfortable. There is also the element of getting cool Ninja Turtle underwear instead of wearing a smelly diaper like a baby. Forget maturity, the main motivation for potty training is not paying for diapers, so stop buying diapers of any kind.
4. Get crazy excited when they do use the toilet. Being a man, it’s hard to externally express emotion…unless you are screaming at a football game. But, the thing I have found useful with kids and dogs alike is to act SUPER excited when they finally do go. You can even use a reward like candy because you know what they say, out with the old and in with the new! And when helping with the cleanup, I used the Cottonelle fresh care flushable cleansing cloths. They were just like the wipes the kids were used to and these are great because you can flush them and it won’t clog the toilet.
And that’s basically it, I wouldn't say there is anything magic. Changing your child a bunch and cleaning up a mess sucks, but try not to make it a negative experience… if you remind yourself with perspective that this will make life better in the long run, you will get through it…also drinking helps.
Now, I know this what worked for ME. I’m not saying I’m the potty czar, because I know that everyone is different, but those steps have worked for all the kids I fathered...so let me know YOUR secrets!
Many thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring my post today, and keeping my bum clean.