Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Potty Training Made Easier

First of all, please accept my apology for my long hiatus. I found out I was pregnant in July of 2011 and needed all my energy to chase my toddler. Anyway, I read that Ellen DeGeneres said she was hesitant to have kids because she dreaded potty training. I couldn't agree more. I tried 3 day potty training with c when he was 29 months old last December and it was miserable. I made my husband help since he was home for Christmas break and he still cringes when I bring it up. While I respect the method I don't think every child can be potty trained at a particular age. My friends have it right--if your child isn't showing signs of readiness don't waste your time (and energy!) You need to follow their lead. So I decided to put off potty training to ensure my last months with one child was enjoyable instead of stressful. c will be going to preschool soon so I figured I would wait and try again this summer after I had adjusted to having two small children in the house. My second son, baby m, was born on March 16 (pictured below). Isn't he cute?

I was visiting my parents a couple weeks ago in DeKalb, IL and asked my cousin if her (almost) 5 year old would show c how he uses the potty. I am convinced that peer pressure will do the trick since he is obsessed with big kids. Sure enough a couple days later c announced, "I want to use the potty!" and plopped down on the potty that I TRAINED ON! Yes, my mom still has it and brought it out for our visit. He did it again that day and continued when we got back to Madison. After using his little potty chair several times he decided to use the big potty. I asked him if he wanted to go to the potty and he said yes. I followed him into the bathroom and before I knew it he had put the Elmo potty seat on the toilet and climbed on the Looster Booster (pictured below) and went pee pee. It happened so fast I was in shock! The Looster Booster has been sitting in our bathroom for almost a year and was only used by kids in our playgroup. I don't know if c had ever climbed on top of it. I promised the product's inventor, Monica, I would post a review of the stool on my blog but had to wait until my child actually used it. 

I really can't say enough about this product. It's genius! You may be thinking "What's the big deal? It's just a step stool." but that's where you're wrong. The stool wraps around the toilet so the child can step anywhere and it won't tip over. Plus, adults do not have to move it out of the way to go to the bathroom. And the raised lettering makes it slip-proof which helps when your tot really has to go! 

Another plus is the packaging--it ships in a huge box and is ready to use right out of the box! No instruction manuals or "Honey, can you put this together for me?" The Looster Booster is also available at stores (see complete list) and retails for $34.99. 

If potty training is in your future or you are struggling with the stools you have I highly recommend that you buy the Looster Booster!

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