I had to do it. I knew it. My husband knew it. Our 2-year-old daughter had already begun outsmarting us. We knew that the time had come to make the switch from dressing her in pull-up style diapers to underwear if we ever wanted her to start using the potty. Everything we read told us that she was ready to get started, and since we had no clue what we were doing, we decided to follow the advice we found and go for it. Several months later, we're still going for it — one load of laundry at a time. It turns out that our beautiful, smart and hilarious little girl does not care a bit if she has peed or pooped in her pants. She's cool. She can still play. No need to take a break.
What this devil-may-care mentality has meant for us is an inordinate amount of laundry, occasional tears and lots of sticker- and candy-related promises. What has been the most surprising part of this journey with her is the ginormous smell that has started with just a small accident and quickly taken over our laundry room. We've found that when it comes to potty training, you must do the laundry immediately to save the clothes and avoid the dreaded, musty smell of pee.
Here are a few of my favorite tips for cleaning up after a potty-training accident.
The hardest part for a parent about potty training is second-guessing yourself. Not knowing if your child is ready or if you are giving them the help that they need can be gut wrenching. Luckily, that worry does not have to extend to the laundry room.
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