When we first moved to Korea, Clarissa was 18 months old and seemed obsessed with watching Tim and I use the bathroom. I thought she was young but decided to buy a princess potty anyway to see what would happen.
Within a few days she peed and pooped in the potty. Quite pleased with herself, she was done and lost interest in the potty for about 9 months.
Then her best friend turned three and started potty training. Clarissa asked to start potty training but I told her we would wait a few weeks because we were going to Japan for Christmas. That was a mistake because by the time we returned, she had completely lost interest.
One of the few times per year I take time to read entire books is when we travel. I read a few books about potty training on our Japan trip and also on our trip to Seoul. Most claimed that you can completely potty train your child in 3-5 days. They lied…
I thought we would try potty training over spring break because we would be home the whole week, but she really wasn’t interested, so we stopped.
I was in charge of vacation bible school this summer and the rule has always been that you need to be three years old and potty trained to attend vbs. She was two weeks shy of 3 for vbs, but I thought that if we started in June, that would give us enough time to potty train. She was pretty good about not having an accident if I made sure she sat on the potty at least once per hour. It wasn’t until we were both sick and stayed home for an entire week in mid July that she started realizing when she needed to use the potty on her own.
But then we spent two weeks out of the house every day for vbs. If she is in a diaper, she will use it. Smart girl.
August was fairly consistent. If we were at home, she would use the potty when she needed to. But once you put panties or a diaper on her, she refused the potty. So that meant that we were potty trained in the apartment only.
We went on vacation to Japan in September. I figured she would just stick to her diapers. For the most part she did. But once per day she would use the potty. It was always at an interesting time. I don’t think she used a hotel potty the entire trip (though now that I think about it, the bidets probably scared her). She often used the toilet on a moving train. If it happened to be a squatty, I just said no.
The rest of September, she mostly asked for a diaper. Some mornings, she wakes up with a dry diaper. But now we are back to being potty trained in the apartment without panties. She sometimes asks for a diaper when she needs to poop.
I still use cloth diapers when we leave the apartment. I figure that she will be potty trained when she wants to as she sometimes asks to use the potty when we are out. It is not worth stressing her out over using the potty. Especially when it doesn’t really add to our budget anyway.