I was making my fifth trip through Timmies today when I saw something strange. I turned my head back for a double take just to be sure my eyes were not playing tricks – they were not.
There sitting in the middle of a Tim Horton parking lot was a child about 3 years of age sitting on a potty, pants down, for the world to see – well at least those driving through the drive thru, with who I assumed was his father standing there beside him van door open.
WTH? Correct me if I am wrong but since when does potty training take place in a parking lot? I have been through the whole potty training thing six times so far and never have I seen anything like this!
I get it, trust me I do. Once we start to teach our toddlers how to go on the potty we want to remain consistent and keep the momentum going, but seriously – in a parking lot?
Here are some of the things that I have done in the past (and probably will again in the next year or so) that have worked for me:
I never use pull ups – they are more absorbent than diapers, and really the fact that some of them change colour when they are wet actually made my kiddies WANT to wet themselves and go in the pull up because it made it exciting to see neat things happen with the pull up.
Most of the time my older kiddies would show them how it is done – enough said.
Instead of pull ups I would use the really thick cotton underpants, this way they could feel when they were going but not create a huge mess.
I waited until they showed signs of readiness. Staying dry at night, taking an interest in what the older children were doing in the bathroom, and informing me when they were going in their diaper , either by running away to hide, pulling at the diaper and wanting me to change them.
Finally, I never made a big deal out of it. No stickers, no special potties, just a “Great job! You are using the toilet like the big kids!”
What are your thoughts? Would you place a potty in the middle of the parking lot? What things worked for you?
Until next time,