Thing 2

My solution to potty training.

NikkiZ starts back to daycare on Monday. She’ll be going Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays as it turns out the daycare couldn’t work with my proposed Tues, Wed, Thurs schedule. This is a different branch of the school she was in before, but the same basic place. However, she’ll be in the Early Preschool class and evidently – PullUps are required. WHAT? EEK.

Potty Training is one of those things I’d rather not deal with. I have never really minded the whole changing diapers thing, so potty training is something that adds to my stress. We’ve been working on and off and on with her for awhile – but we still can’t get her to pee in the potty. She’ll wear panties or pullups and immediately after she pees she’ll say, “I need to go potty.” But – when we sit her on the potty to try – it’s only happened once or twice. I just kinda assumed she wasn’t ready yet, so I haven’t been pushing it.

But now? She’d better be ready.

They’ll work with her and essentially try to potty train her while she’s there – but I’ll have to continue the efforts at home. And in reality? She’d be old enough to move up to the UNDERWEAR ONLY class in about a month. Obviously, she probably won’t be ready for that, but when she goes back after my maternity leave? She’ll have to be ready. So, I’ll be dealing with a newborn and potty training a toddler at the SAME TIME.

Now – I’m not looking for potty training tips or advice – I’ve heard it all before. I promise. What I am looking for your intoxication recommendations. Should I stay drunk the whole time on beer? Or should I try hard liquor?

45 thoughts on “My solution to potty training.”

  1. I say go to the hard liquor. It will relieve your stress a lot quicker. πŸ™‚

  2. I am going to say beer because it makes you pee more and maybe NikkiZ will understand it better if she sees you going all the time now. πŸ˜‰

  3. Just drink whatever will make you feel the calmest during the whole thing. Try to not get too stressed about it – eventually we all learn to use the potty.

    You can email me if you want to hear all about the super easy potty transition we went through…

    but I’m sure you’ve heard it all before.

    Good Luck!

  4. what is it that Willy Wonka says? “candy is dandy but liquor is quicker” something like that. I always follow that advice πŸ™‚

  5. Well, considering the baby in the oven, I refuse to suggest hard liquor – and I say this because I know you can do it before AndyZ is born! What I do suggest, though, is lots, and LOTS, of Ben & Jerry’s!!

  6. I am a xanax kind of girl myself πŸ˜‰
    At least she will have the benefit of peer preasure pushing her along. Maybe it will be easy. right?

  7. I suggest you go with the beer, as it will fill your own bladder more quickly and since the little one won’t leave your side once the bebe is here, she can sit on her little potty everytime you do … wa-la … alcohol potty training! GOOD LUCK!!

  8. Wait…we’re supposed to teach 2 year olds to use a toilet? I think I’d rather keep my head in the sand and continue on with the diapers thank you very much!

    You’ve done it before, so I’m sure you have a clue how this works. Since the lowercase is my first? I’m kind of hoping one day he’ll just look at me and say, “Mother dear, kindly take me to the potty. I need to relieve my bladder, flush the toilet and wash my hands in warm soapy water. When I am through, I will clean up the bathroom and then, perhaps I will prepare a spot of tea for you. Relax. Put your feet up. You deserve it.”

    Is that too much to ask?

  9. Try Vanilla Vodka and Diet Coke, yum!

    Also I know you said no potty training advice, but since Nikki seems to like sticking stickers on your back, try a sticker chart for potty training, worked for both of mine! Good luck honey!

  10. Okay, I am going to be the bad mom and post what I am thinking. You don’t need either. Let the daycare take care of it. Three days a week is plenty to potty train with, right?

  11. I highly recommend taking both while potty training.

    No one warned me how extremely sucky potty training was. I trained my 2 yr. old b/f the birth of my second daughter b/c I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it afterwards. All I kept thinking was that I’d have to do it again 2 yr. later!!

  12. Stay away from hard liquor. You don’t want to be drunk, just slightly tipsy at all times. I recommend margaritas, frozen sangria, raspberry martinis. Good luck!

  13. I’d go for the hard liquor. Unfortunately, I was pregnant during most of my son’s potty training so I couldn’t enjoy the liquor, but I am so glad he figured it out before his baby sister comes along. It is so nice not to have to change diapers anymore. Well, for another week or two anyway!

  14. Hmm Stacey’s stuff sounds tastiest to me, but I know you’re a fan of the Dos Equis so I’d say go with that. (Also, like some others said, more peeing for you :P)

  15. I say buy lots of pull ups and hope the day care does a good job at potty training.

  16. hello! i’m new here. you have some good advice going already, and maybe you should try those… but in my own experience bribery is the best thing for potty training. bonus that daycare is working on it.

  17. I agree with Randi on the Ben and Jerrys thing – and in honor of Saint Patricks Day I suggest either Dublin Mudslide or Black and Tan, assuming they still sell either of those. (That is sort of a compromise, actually, since one tastes like Irish Cream and the other like Ale.) I thought I would have a nervous breakdown during the whole potty training thing – and our preschool didn’t even allow pullups so the Kidd almost didn’t even get to go! I have heard that girls are a little easier than boys to train, though, so maybe NikkiZ will be easier than you expect! πŸ™‚

  18. Oh, and I forgot to add that I agree with the above posters – since the daycare will work with her, I’d let them do it! Of course, I’m always in favor of a little bribery, and sticker charts worked great for us.

  19. Liquor. But why wouldn’t you want our advice? I don’t understand… It’s not like you’ve ever done this before πŸ˜‰

  20. I have a 2.5 year old boy. His preschool said he must be potty trained by 3. Why? Whywhywhy? He is not at all interested and in fact I have to fight him to try. I know this wasn’t one of the choices but I drink wine. A lot. It has antioxidants, you know. πŸ™‚

  21. Graeme is potty training now and it is so great to only have one wearing diapers full time. Having two kids in diapers is a serious pain in the ass. As for drinking, I’d go with the red wine…during the third trimester a glass or two won’t hurt anyone.

  22. Whatever you choose, make sure you have a little leftover for when she regresses after AndyZ arrives…

  23. My brother and I are 14 months apart, I believe my mom choose a steady diet of caffeine, potato chips, and cocaine……….

  24. Aren’t there more important things to be considered when moving a kid up a class than underwear only-ness?

    And I’d say hard liquor. Shots are quicker than beer, so you’ll have more time to ignore the potty training.

  25. Note to self: don’t scan post so quickly as I was going to weigh in on what was the best choice for you to give NikkiZ…(And then I was gonna say vodka cuz it mixes well with juice).

    Yeah whatever, send me to bad mommy prison!

  26. The telling you just after she went it TOTALLY a stepping stone in the potty learning process – I promise.

  27. I say wine all the way. It’s a nice, mellow buzz, and usually it tells you when to stop so you don’t feel like sh*t in the morning (whether or not you chose to listen, now…). Beer makes you all fuzzy, and liquor is all “Dude, why is there a pick-ax in mah braiiiiin???”

  28. I recommend removing all liquids from your household. Won’t you be getting some percocet soon? πŸ˜‰
    (Also, trust me on this, pull ups can hold almost as much as a diaper!)

  29. I’d say you should alternate the liquor and the beer so you can consume them both and not have to remember which one you are drinking and also so you don’t have to go to the store for a long time.
    My advice: let the child go naked sometimes–i’ve heard it works, especially with the boys!
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  30. I’m going to go with beer. Actually we started making Beer-itas (half beer half margaritas) and it’s quite lovely.

  31. Yeah, newborn and potty training a toddler is LOADS of fun!!! HA!

    I say, either go the Stacey way and get your beer on OR Vanilla Vodka and Cranberry Juice πŸ™‚ Cranberry Juice is supposed to be good for you anyway πŸ˜‰

  32. Yeah, newborn and potty training a toddler is LOADS of fun!!! HA!

    I say, either go the Stacey way and get your beer on OR Mojitos OR Vanilla Vodka and Cranberry Juice πŸ™‚ Cranberry Juice is supposed to be good for you anyway πŸ˜‰

  33. let me know when you figure out the potty training secret because i have to get three two year old’s out of diapers. beer and pot brownies?

  34. Totally hear you on that freak out…it actually happened to me. Nothing like clenching a post-partum pad between your legs while rocking an infant, mopping up pee-pee puddles, and hoisting a toddler onto the potty. Why oh why couldn’t she have waited three more weeks to develop the interest in the potty?

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