Potty Training 2.0: Why it’s easier the second time around
As we’re now finishing potty training Leo, I’ve been noticing how different the experience has been with him and my firstborn, Ryan. Leo’s ahead by a month… he’s two years and five months old now, and Ryan was exactly two and a half when he was potty trained… it was more of a struggle with Ryan than it has been with Leo… and Leo’s been ready for a while but I’ve kind of selfishly held off because of how crazy busy my life’s been recently. With the age gap between the brothers being so small, I think it’s actually been easier this time around with my little copycat, Leo.
Leo loves to do anything and everything his big brother Ryan does, and “pee pee” and “kaka” on the toilet is no different. Even as a baby Leo crawled and followed us into the bathroom when we trained Ryan, so he got super early exposure to toilet training. This has made it so much easier and Leo requires little to no rewarding because he wants to be like Ryan, which is a definite benefit of having kids back-to-back so close in age (even though other times it’s crazy hard, especially really early on).
Part 1: The Two-Day Training Method
I used the same method with Leo as with Ryan and had him go naked for two days starting on a Saturday. But I was so confident in his ability to communicate when he had to go potty, on the second day of training we left and house and went to lunch and the aquarium as a family and he was able to hold it the entire time and drive there with only one small pee pee accident at the restaurant.
Ryan was harder with a lot more accidents to clean up during training and I really had to employ the reward system and offer treats or stickers after every visit to the toilet. But with Leo I haven't even had to do that; a mere clap and cheer after gets him excited and he's been amazing about asking me to take him when he needs to go! Having Ryan there to coach him along has definitely helped too, because Leo wants to be just like his big brother! Ryan’s having fun with it too, saying things like, “Leo, do you want to be a big boy like me?” Haha
The essentials I’m Still Loving + A New Fave
When I was potty training Ryan, I shared my survival guide plus some of the products I think every mama needs for a successful training. If you’re potty training or considering it, be sure to check out the now updated blog where you’ll find a list of all my essentials, or you can check out the list in my Amazon Shop.
A couple of unique faves I still love are the Potette Travel Potty, which comes in handy for outings, and Lucky + Me briefs, which both my boys wear. I updated the blog with my new preferred pull-up, which is the GoodNites. Leo loves that they have Spiderman on them!
Part 2: Night Training
Since the boys are on summer break from school this week, I'm going to try to pull off the pull up for Leo and see how he does at night. I did this with Ryan later, maybe 3-4 months after he was day trained, but I feel like Leo might be ready! Wish me luck!
Mamas who have potty trained, what’s your preferred method?