After having potty trained my first five kids, I had decided that potty training was surely the armpit of parenting. But all that changed with my sixth.
My oldest is autistic. That, coupled with no prior experience, made for potty training hell.
My second was born shortly after my first, and I spent so much time trying to figure out what my firstborn needed and become an expert in his disability and keep him from hurting her that potty training was not on my radar. She wasn’t trained until she was three.
When I used the 3 day potty training method to have my third potty trained before 2 1/2, I thought I was superwoman, but the whole experience was still tenuous, and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull if off again. Of course, I did. Our fourth and fifth were also potty trained around 2 1/2, and each time, it felt like we were playing a guessing a game and that at some elusive point in the game, we’d guessed right and they began to put their pee and poop in the potty.
However, what was successful by day didn’t always translate to night. A few of those first five were longterm bed wetters.
With our sixth child, we learned about Elimination Communication, and I began following one blog in particular. It was written by Andrea Olson of GoDiaperFree.com (formerly of EC Simplified). When my son was a year and a half, Andrea wrote about her son’s transition to full-time potty training, and she linked to the method she was using.
Who knew that clicking on that link would change my life? Well…at least this part of my life. That day I downloaded Oh Crap! Potty Training, and since then my whole outlook on potty training has radically changed.
Now, for those of you who are planning to do as I did, and promptly download this game changing book, let me warn you…the author Jamie Glowacki is a straight shooter, no-nonsense (albeit hilarious) writer with a great fondness for 4-letter words. If that offends you, I strongly urge you to push past it and make bleeping sounds in your mind when your eyes fall upon one of them. Her perspective on this topic is so profound and her method is so effective, that is well worth overlooking some bad words. And it’s is a quick read. So keep the good; toss the bad words, and be enlightened.
I used the Oh Crap! method with our sixth child, and not only was he potty trained at 21 months (and in a just a few days!), but her method taught me how to prevent the whole bed wetting thing. So now, as Matty Jay nears the 2 1/2 year mark, he’s a potty champion who sleeps in his own little bed, in his own room and wakes up dry in the morning (on most days)!
I kept a potty training blog diary, so you can see how it all worked. Have a look, and be sure to tune in to our radio show TODAY at 10:00AM on WSRQ Radio. We’re going to interview Jamie Glowacki and talk more about the Oh Crap! Potty Training method.
Local listeners can find us on 1220AM or 106.9Fm or 98.9FM. Out of town listeners can go to the WSRQ Website and listen live, streaming or get instructions on how to download the mobile app and listen on the go.
And if, by chance you miss it, we will post the podcast here on our website sometime after Monday night.
Potty Training Diaries