My first child ruined the potty-training experience for me. She made it look too easy, nailing it within a day and ditching diapers for good without even a need for overnight pull-up diapers. She had the steel bladder of a born warrior, and when she was a toddler, that made potty training was drama-free.
Then came her little brother. We introduced the idea of a toilet around the same age as we did with this sister and he thought that was hilarious. Fine. Go ahead, take your time. No rush. After all, potty training isn't actually hard, right? Not based on our experience so far, it wasn't; We let him coast a bit longer. Then his daycare teachers started urging us to work a little harder on getting him trained. Since they are trained professionals, and I am not, I figured they were right (and honestly, it would have been nice to rid our home forever of the stinky diaper aroma). While we couldn’t expect him to be trained in a day, we definitely weren’t prepared for the protracted process of weaning him off diapers. He is 5 years old now, and still tries to get us to wipe his butt, so like, there you go
We did have success getting him into underwear for good, though, at around age 3-and-a-half. But the road that led to that moment was long and full of pitfalls (and puddles). Here are the emotional stages of potty training I experienced: