Synonyms: frustrating, exhausting, messy, patience draining.
Potty training is one of those moments when you panic a little because your child didn’t come with a “how to” manual. All of a sudden, preschool is requiring your child to be potty trained or dad is antsy to stop buying diapers or other peers are hitting this milestone; and now you have a new project with no clue where to start! One of my friends went through this for the first time recently and shared some tips and essential Norwex products she used throughout the process.
“When you start potty training, you need a plan and a strategy. If you are in need of a plan, I recommend Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do it Once and Do it Right by Jamie Glowacki. This book offers great how to’s and advice to clear up some of the confusion created in potty training. Take heart, the accidents are only temporary. Your child will learn how to use the toilet. Some day, you will hear a flush while you’re in the living room and sigh in relief that your child can do things himself.
Once you have a plan, you’ll want a strategy on how to clean up the messes. It seems self-explanatory, but you’ll want to know how you’ll be cleaning up the messes that occur once the diaper comes off. If you have any special rugs or don’t want the accidents on the carpet, then block off a space to use for a couple days. During the process, I developed a strategy with a couple key Norwex products.
EnviroCloth: The EnviroCloth is perfect for cleaning up accidents on the floor, wiping off the toilet (since your little man is still working on his aim!), or wiping out the little potty after use. It is very absorbent and reusable. Just rinse it out, hang it up to dry, and keep it handy for next time. You will need to wash it more often than usual (every couple days), but it is much more cost effective than buying disinfectant wipes or having a stack of wet, dirty towels.
Carpet Stain Buster: You might end up with what I call “Poop-ageddon” a.k.a. poop in all the wrong places. If it gets on the carpet, spray some of the Carpet Stain Buster on it. The enzymes and microbes work naturally to get the stains out.
Mattress Cleaner: Even after your child is potty trained during the day, they will continue to have accidents in the night. Protect the mattress with some Pull-Ups or padded underwear and a mattress protector. If some does leak on to the mattress, spray some Mattress Cleaner to naturally break down the organic material.
Pet-to-Dry: Now is the time to build a good hand washing routine, so make it fun with a Pet-to-Dry. Kids love these cute little animals!
Potty training is hard work, but it is so worth it! Make sure you set aside time for you to de-stress! You will save yourself time, money, and the stress diapers put on the environment. Remember the hard work is just temporary; it will get easier as they learn!”