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Hey Mama’s! So being a daycare provider for 11+ years I’ve learned to handle a lot of things these little people do, or need to do, easily, and it’s usually something that tends to drive mama’s crazy!
I’ve had many, many conversations (conferences, training's, whatever you want to call them) with mamas on everything from their little one not sleeping through the night to...How can I get them to eat dinner? How can I get them to stop biting? How can I get them to pick up their toys? And the biggest one…How do I potty train and do it quickly?
One thing I have become very good at is potty training these little monkey’s in record time! Seriously, I’ve had people ask if they can enroll for just a couple of weeks so that I can potty train for them! (No. No, you can’t do that Mama. Although, maybe I should reconsider this? Maybe a 1 month Potty Training Only Daycare? Hmmm...Interesting business idea!) Anyway...back to hardcore potty training!
Potty training starts at home and carries over to daycare. This is where a lot of parents get it wrong. They show up on a Monday morning for daycare and hand their provider a bag of extra clothes, exclaiming “Suzy started potty training this weekend! She’s in a pull-up now. Here are her extra clothes in case she has an accident.”
1. Suzy is going to have an accident, LOTS of them.
2. Putting your child in a pull-up does not constitute potty training.
Suzy has no idea she is “potty training”. Suzy’s just going to daycare to learn and play with her friends today. Mom and Dad started potty training over the weekend. Suzy got some new panty like diapers and got to sit on her big girl potty chair whenever she wanted.
This will work…eventually. But it’s going to be a long, stressful road. Don’t do this to yourself, your child or your daycare provider, Mama! I promise there is a better way!
If your child is ready to potty train it can be done in a weekend! No, I’m not kidding. Yes, I know your best friend said it was terrible. Her child regressed 5 times and even went completely backwards after 6 months, ending up back in a diaper for a full month. That’s OK!
There. Is. A. Better. Way! (Psst...I know what it is! Aren't you glad we became friends now?!?!)
I’m sure you’ve read, in lots of Mom Groups on Facebook, all the different opinions on when to start, whether to use pull-ups or not, which potty chair is the best, etc, etc, etc… You may have even looked this all up on Pinterest and started reading “How To” books from the experts! Don’t get me wrong. This is all great, Mama! Good job on your part for trying to be prepared, getting a plan in place and wanting to get this right the first time!
I mean, it’s going to be amazing to not have to buy diapers anymore! Oh geez, do you know how much that is going to free up in your budget? That’s for sure a date night each month going forward! (You have date nights, right? If you don’t, make it a priority now Mama – it’s important! We’ll talk about that later. First things first…)
Let’s talk about some things you don’t want to do.
Potty training is a HUGE milestone for kiddos! It’s like their right of passage into “Big Kid” life! So much starts to happen for them now. This is when they find their independence (not always the easiest next step for mamas) and really start to use it!
Now go get'em mama! You got this potty training thing in the bag and I'm here to help!
Sign up for my FREE download, "Is It Time to Potty Train? How to know if your child is ready!" It’ll come right to your inbox, you’ll be ready to go and be diaper free in no time, Mama!
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Together, we'll have your kiddo potty trained in 1 weekend! This course includes step by step guide and preparation, weekend schedule, potty watch and potty book (to get your little one excited), unlimited email support from me personally and a little something for you, Mama, to help you celebrate your success! Click HERE to purchase!
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I'm a mama of three crazy, hilarious, amazing kids and the owner of an in home daycare for over 11 years.