Ohhhhhhhh, potty training. The phase every parent knows is coming, and every parent dreads. Kids don't just somehow magically understand how to relieve themselves on a toilet. WHY CAN'T THEY JUST MAGICALLY KNOW THAT? For a lot of parents, potty training is when they just completely lose it. Weaning? Not a problem. Getting rid of the pacifier? Easy-peasy! Moving your kid from a crib to a bed? Only took one night. But potty training? Potty training is not a battle. It is a war. It has many phases, it can go on forever, and just when you think it's over and you've finally won, your kid fires a bomb right on your couch.
Everyone has their own tips and tricks or the method that worked for their kid. But really, potty training is 100% up to the kid - they'll do it when they're ready! All we can do as parents is be prepared for any and all contingencies. Which is why people are loving a photo shared by a mom on Facebook. It's the textbook definition of being prepared for potty training.
Shona McLoughlin was preparing to potty train her toddler, and Shona was taking NO CHANCES. In a fit of what can only be described as pure genius, she covered the entire floor of the room where it was going down with puppy pads. Yep, you read that right - puppy pads! Those training pads are great for getting puppies housebroken, and as it turns out, they can help you housebreak your toddler, too. We are into this so much! Because the thing about potty training toddlers is that they are, during this phase, very much like little puppies. They'll be doing just great and then suddenly they have to go and they go right on your new rug.
We've used puppy pads for nighttime training (just place a couple under the fitted sheet on your toddler or child's bed to save your mattress!), but if we had to do it all over again, we would probably deploy Shona's method (except we'd throw some on the couch for good measure). Potty training is hard, but it would be easier if we didn't have to clean poo out of a shag carpet, right?