Posted in Potty Training, Multiple Children, Toddlers

Baby #2...

Just found out I am pregnant with baby #2. My son will be about 2 months shy of being 2.5 when the baby is born. That being said, we've been working on potty training with him since he was a little over 1. He did it all by himself. It's a slow process in the sense that he doesn't always go on the potty, but he willingly goes into the bathroom when we say time to go potty. Plus we had a couple issues with not being able to put him on it due to a bad diaper rash where if he sat on it or really anything else, he screamed. That being said, how can I continue the potty training and making sure he sticks with it during my pregnancy and after baby is born? Also, any other tips on having a toddler and an infant would be greatly appreciated. Especially for someone who plans on going back to work after baby is born.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 08

    Get rid of the diapers - except for at night. You can try night training but personally I don’t believe that kids at this age can hold it all night without you getting up every 5-6 hrs to take them to the bathroom. And if your son is like mine, he will not go back to sleep once he’s woken up. Not worth it to lose sleep. Just call it his sleep diapers and he will get it. Put him on a potty schedule. It’s great that he goes willingly when you ask him to go. It’s a struggle for my son sometimes but after the first week or so, we figured out his pee/poop habits and how long he could actually hold it. We also set a rule where when we leave the house, you either have to go potty before we leave or we go when we get there. My son is 2.5 right now. We started potty training when he was 2. With the potty schedule, some times he knows when he has to go and he will just walk into the bathroom. And if it’s outside of his schedule he will some times let me know. Accidents still happen... but they are rare. You’re right, potty training is a long and slow process because kids don’t have time in their day to use the bathroom. All they’re worried about is play play play and so they don’t want to take time away from that to go to the bathroom ESPECIALLY if they still have the safety net of a diaper. But with enough consistency and the learning lesson of how uncomfortable having an accident feels... they will get it and it will stick

  • Anonymous
    Oct 08

    I’d say time to buckle down with the potty training before new babe comes! Toss the diapers and deal with accidents accordingly.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 08

    I also agree with ditching the diapers, I think most kids aren't going to willingly give up the diapers if they have the choice and convenience of using them. I potty trained mine at 26 months, and I was 7 months pregnant. If he's going when you tell him then he's proven he knows what to do, and how to do it, and going in the diaper is ONLY happening because he has the option. My mom was convinced he would 'regress', once baby was born,but I don't believe in regression, it's just their way of letting you know that they are mad with the change, but they haven't forgotten how to use the potty. After my 2nd was born we had a few days where my 1st kept having accidents, but I quickly learned he was craving the extra attention, so I stopped talking to him about going potty, and just cleaned him up. and when he realized he wasn't going to get the extra attention he stopped. Then the next day I made sure my husband or I took him out for some one on one time without the baby and he stopped having accidents on purpose.