I had lunch yesterday with one of my fellow SAHDs, and among the many subjects that we talked about was potty training, especially because I have been jubilantly posting a lot about it on my Facebook page. Basically, my 2 year old son is rocking it.
I told him that I have found 5 things that were really helpful to my wife and, as well as my son, and that I don’t claim to have superior knowledge on the subject, I only know what my wife and I discovered as we navigated our way through this adventure. And after some 10 months of potty training, my boy has been wearing his undies for more than a week with no accidents (including camp, field trips and nap time) and we couldn’t be happier.
We put out a call for DIY-dads to send us pictures of projects they’ve done for their kids – and our first one came from Fernando, in Sacramento, California. Fernando ran into a common complaint while potty training his daughter Eva: almost all of the steps at the store are too high or too low, and since toilets are all different heights, it really takes a custom project to make for perfect potty practice. “I shopped for hours looking for a good step and there’s nothing really stable out there for the little ones, they all seemed to be designed for bigger kids,” Fernando told us in an e-mail.
Most of us just cave in and buy one of those little kid floor potties, then slosh toddler poop everywhere and stub our toes on it every night. Not Fernando.
Diapers are diapers, right? As a first time dad thinking about all the things that you are going to need once you find out your are going to have a baby, diapers seems like they would be last on the list – they were on mine anyway. Especially with all the cool Daddy-Tech out there to play with, why would you even want to think about diapers?
Until, of course, that night at dinner when my (slightly crunchy) wife said “I think we should use cloth diapers.” This hit me from so far out of left field that I knew I needed to throw myself headlong into becoming a cloth diaper expert ASAP before answering her question…and it was a bigger challenge than you might think.