For a while now I’ve been wondering what the best timing would be to start potty training Alethea. For several months now she has been showing some of the ‘signs of readiness’ (telling me before or right after she poops, not liking when her diaper is soiled, being interested in the toilet), but since we were expecting a baby/had a newborn in the house, I decided it could wait.
Then the other day when Alethea was in the bathtub she sat up against the side and told me, “Potty.” I asked her if she was pretending to sit on the toilet. Then she repeated, “Potty,” and proceeded to urinate in the bath water.
Okay, so she might be more ready than I realized.
But here’s the thing. I’m not sure I’m ready. I mean, I know everyone talks about how great it is to leave diapers behind, but I’m wondering, is it really all that wonderful?
So I made a list of pros and cons for potty training. First the cons:
1) At this young age, it will probably mean several weeks of hassle and power struggles to get Alethea potty trained.
2) When you’re out in public you always need to know where a restroom is, just in case.
3) When you’re out in public you have to let your toddler use a dirty bathroom (and in my case, drag an infant in there as well).
4) Unless we buy a freestanding potty chair (which I’m not sold on), I’ll have to help Alethea get on and off the toilet for a long time anyway, so it’s not like I’ll gain a bunch of free time, and in fact, it will probably take more of my time during the day.
5) And lastly… accidents happen and I hate messes.
Here’s my pros:
1) It would save us money. I estimate that we spend $20-$30 a month on Alethea’s diapers and wipes.
2) Let’s face it, no one really loves changing diapers, and I’m no exception.
That’s it. Two pros. Five cons. So I’m dragging my feet, but maybe it’s only because I haven’t made it to the other side of the potty training road yet. Is the grass truly greener there? Maybe some of the more experienced parents out there can tell me, are there great advantages to having a potty trained kid?