Should I Potty Train My Toddler?

[vlog][parenting][homemaking] My 20 month old child took her diaper off and left me some presents.

I had never potty-trained a toddler before. Aria and Bailey were about three and a half and four years old when I potty-trained them. I did try to potty train Aria earlier than that but she wasn't responsive to it so I backed off until she was older.

It was kind of weird helping Jojo learn to use the potty at first since she doesn't talk yet. But that ended up not being as much of a problem as I thought it was going to be.

We're still working on teaching her the sign (baby sign language) for "toilet", so she hasn't been able to give us any warnings that she needs to go potty yet. We keep her in little panties I got from the baby section at Wal-mart; they help absorb small pee accidents when she's running around the house and they also catch and contain any poop accidents.

We try to keep her in the same room as the potty chair so she can go over and use it anytime she wants. I also periodically sit her on the potty whenever I feel like she might be able to go (i.e. after waking up in the morning or after a nap, after breastfeeding for a while, etc.)

Sometimes she starts to pee a little and then we rush her to the potty. Sometimes she makes a weird face or body posture that shows us we should rush her to the potty. And sometimes we don't catch it at all. And that's okay. She's still learning. I've been spending a lot of time cleaning up pee and poop but now that she knows the potty chair and the toilet are available to her, there are a lot less accidents to clean up.

Jojo and I are both happy with our arrangement. She hasn't completely potty-trained yet, but she's getting there!

Thanks for reading. If you want to share your potty-training stories, I'd love to read them! If you have any tips for me, please share those in the comments as well! I'm sure your tips will help others as well.