Ugh. I don’t even want to talk about the subject of potty training, but here I am writing a blog about it. Maybe you could call this the utmost in procrastination. More
Topic: potty training
Many of you readers gave me a ton of great advice. It mostly fell into two camps; really commit to it or maybe he’s not ready. I think I wanted to believe the latter, because I hate pushing my child. But after a few days of really committing to the process – I think he’s getting it. More
As I sit here writing, my pants-less child is running around the house. We’re potty training, using the method that everyone seems to say is best – pants free. I would just be sitting here appreciating how adorable his little butt is if it wasn’t for the fact that I am pretty confident he is just going to be demanding a diaper soon.
It’s a little more than half way through summer (depending on when your kid starts school), and according to our resident Bad Mom Advice columnist, that means that all you toddler mommies and daddies should be knee-deep in potty training woes. It’s no pants weather after all, which suggests that you’ve been running around with plastic potties and stickers while your little one narrates their evacuated bowels. More
Confession! I never used cloth diapers because I’m a terrible person and I probably pretty much destroyed the planet and if I could go into the Wayback™ machine I would use cloth and also a lovely service who would launder the diapers for me. Maybe we need an open thread on what we would do differently if we could all go into the Wayback™ (I’m looking at you third vodka tonic I had last week.) SO anyway, what are all of your babies defectating in? Cloth or disposable? More
Postpartum doula and lactation counselor Sarah Longwell-Stevens is a stay-at-home mother of two. Among many other parenting accolades, including being an early childhood education specialist and a certified babywearing educator, Sarah is an advocate of elimination communication (EC) — a childrearing practice in which parents learn to read baby’s cues that it’s time for potty without relying solely on diapers.
She has been recently quoted in the now highly clickable DNAinfo.com piece, espousing the virtues of this “au natural parenting trend” that is allegedly sweeping through Brooklyn. But Sarah tells Mommyish that the press’s depiction of her as a deranged helicopter mom is all wrong — as is the sensationalizism of EC. Turns out EC parents do use diapers, claim that there is less cleanup, and overall less potty training struggle. Sarah admits that she too initially thought the tactic was “batshit” and nearly gave up herself. Oh, and she also doesn’t let her kids poop and pee all over Brooklyn. More
Sometimes I really miss Brooklyn. Then I read something like this article that was in The New York Times this week and I really don’t. It seems going diaperless in public is all the rage amongst the hipster mommy circles in New York. What the hell? More
Since elimination communication is reportedly the swanky new parenting philosophy that all the hip mommies and daddies are doing these days, a hot accessory list is obviously in order. Grab a pen. We’re going to do this right. More
I love potty training.
It’s not because I love cleaning poop off my lap. And it’s not because I have a magic method that works instantly — I do elimination communication, which means I start “potty training” (in the loosest possible sense) at birth and continue for at least a couple of years. So even though my kids are out of diapers around their second birthday, I spend the entirety of those two years actively teaching them to use the potty.
No, I love potty training because it teaches me so much about parenting. And really, about life. More
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I think every parent makes a big deal out their kids potty training, using everything from reward stickers to toy store promises to clapping and praising and generally acting like their kid just discovered the cure for cancer, but the majority of us don’t include 10,000 pieces of confetti toilets in the celebration. We all suck as parents you guys. More
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