My first experience with potty training went fairly well. I never felt like I was actually training K-Man or myself for that matter. We started slowly, and perhaps a little late. He was around 2 years and 4 months when we moved into NY house, and I didn't want to rush him into another big life change. We started by offering potty before bath, before and after naps, etc. Gradually, we increased the frequency. It wasn't until he turned 3 that I decided perhaps I was the issue. I was right, too!
Already pregnant with Mini-Me, I took a trek across the US to Indiana to visit my younger sister and my new niece. It was 11 hours in the car. K-Man wore pull-ups in the car and at bed. I also carried a potty in the car with me. He was dry the entire way there and home, with zero accidents. We came home and threw away the rest of the pull-ups and never looked back. I fully expected round 2 of potty training to be exactly the same.
Then, Mini-Me turned roughly 23 months and decided the potty seemed pretty interesting. Okay, the Mister and I thought. We will do just what we did with the K-Man, slow and steady. Except she had other ideas. We went from trying it one week, to pull-ups the next, to underwear in the day and diaper at night the next... We had a small glitch with some unexpected routine changes. But boom, back on track, and I think I am finally safe to say - I don't need to buy diapers anymore!
I have to admit, I am a bit of shock. This weekend was the tester though - travel. We went away to a friend's house. I put a pull-up on her in the car. At one point, she asked to use the potty, but it was literally POURING down rain. Stopping wasn't a great option. I told her she could use the diaper. She wasn't entirely happy about it, but did. No diaper overnight though, and she refused a diaper for the 4 hour ride home.
I can hear the next question already. How did I do it? Honestly, I didn't. I just think she was ready. She desperately wants to keep up with her brother, and is much to busy for a diaper to be changed. Whatever it is, I will take it! Don't get me wrong, I will still carry around an extra set of clothing, and maybe wipes - just in case. And we don't travel without a small potty in the car/truck. Small sacrifices for never having to have human waste in our trash again. Right?