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Almost every time someone is
getting close to the birth of a second child, they seem to feel this intense
pressure to have their first child potty trained before that next baby is born.
Two children in diapers? No, thank you!
But even though my first
daughter was nearly 2.5 when my second daughter was born, I opted to
not even think about potty training until about four months later. And when my third daughter
was born, I waited until six months after her birth to potty train my second
Two little bottoms to change?
Here's why having two
children wearing diapers doesn't bother me one bit.
I wasn't that excited about potty training my daughter once. I definitely didn't want to do it twice.
By the time my second pregnancy was winding
down, I'd heard so many stories about children who were completely
potty trained regressing like crazy after a new baby came along and throwing everything off. I wasn't that excited about potty training my daughter once. I
definitely didn't want to do it twice.
2. I'm a diaper-changing machine.
Look, I'm not a brand-new parent. I've changed
thousands of diapers. I can change a dirty diaper with my eyes closed. Adding a
few extra diaper changes to my day doesn't faze me at all.
3. A toddler doesn't go through that many diapers.
Those newborns cruise through diapers like
they are going out of style, but a toddler only needs to be changed a couple of
times a day.
4. Potty training and sleep deprivation don't mix
Can we all admit that after
a new baby is born, we're a little bit fried and short-tempered? Potty
training is stressful. In order to not scar my child for life by freaking out
on them when they have an accident, I really need to be getting more sleep than
the third trimester or first months of a new baby allow.
5. Diapers are so convenient!
If you've had a newly potty trained child, you
know that it's always urgent. Inevitably they need a bathroom at the least
convenient moment and then you're abandoning a full grocery cart back by the
milk cases and sprinting, baby in tow, to the (filthy) bathrooms. With a
diaper, you can wait until you get out to the car or home to change that little
bum. No such luxury with a toilet-trained child.
6. With a new baby, that older child can seem so
I don't mind an excuse to
let them be my baby just a little bit longer, at least in some ways.
7. Older children are usually easier to train.
Waiting until my girls were approaching 3 meant that potty-training was pretty straight-forward. A pack of new undies, a
couple of accidents, and four or five days, and it was done. No weeks and weeks
of dealing with potty training (which is good, because after about three days,
I'm ready to be done and move on with my life).