Perhaps it was our daughter's disposition. Or perhaps we just happened upon the right timing.
But, by and large, my husband and I found potty training to be a positive and - dare I say it? - even pleasant experience with our daughter. By her 2nd birthday, she was wearing underwear and was pretty much completely potty trained.
When I experienced severe morning sickness at the start of this pregnancy, I can't tell you how happy I was that we had reached that milestone. It was nothing short of a boon to be able to say, "go ahead and run to your potty..." as I lay dismal and dying on the couch.
I could say that, in part, because we had a "little potty," which didn't require me to lift her up on to the toilet. I found that having a little potty helped my daughter approach the task more independently.
And, contrary to what some other parents had warned me about, she has never had trouble "transitioning" between little potties and big potties. She's never been afraid of public bathrooms or flushing toilets or anything like that.
If you're in the market for a little potty chair, the Boon Potty Bench is an excellent option to consider. It features two enclosed side storage spaces and a built-in toilet paper holder. The design is sleek and modern (although it might be nice if there were a few different color options...)...and clean-up is easy thanks to the pull-out drawer in the middle. My favorite feature about this potty is likely the fact that it can be "closed" and used as a step stool...two products in one!
We currently carry the Boon Potty Bench in the trunk of our car for "on-the-go" bathroom stops. Although our daughter will go in public bathrooms without complaint, we much prefer to just pull out the little bench and to create a "private nook" near our car in an empty parking lot. It's so much cleaner and there's just no easy way to help a 2-year-old use a public restroom without having to touch something (ugh!). The side storage compartments are convenient because we can store wipes, TP, and an extra set of clothes in there so that we're ready for any emergency. It's been a wonderful arrangement. Especially for trips when you need to pull over out in the middle of nowhere...
YOUR TURN: What's your best tip for potty training at home or on-the-go?
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