I'm ready for toilet training.......No.......not toddler...... but me, MG, I ...... am ready for toilet training.
Toddler showed many signs of readiness a long time ago but then.....
- I was too busy puking in the toilet bowl to take anyone there (when pregnant with baby)
- I was too busy eating (during the second trimester)
- I was too big and tired (in the third trimester. I was huge! My friend called me a beached whale and I think anyone who saw me in public places would be afraid.... very afraid... that I was going to pop anytime. No way was I ready to toilet train then!)
- I was too busy recovering from birth (After baby arrived and during confinement)
- I was too busy breastfeeding (During the first few months with baby)
- I was too busy preparing, cooking and blending baby food (When baby started solids)
And now.... tada.... I'm ready for toilet training (or rather I've run out of excuses :PpP).
So, I don't care if anyone looks at me or toddler in a pitiful/sorry manner and say "She's still not toilet trained?" and I tune off when a "well meaning" colleague pulled up toddler's dress (a year ago) and said "She's still in diapers. Why don't you train her? Its very easy.....blah blah blah." (Sorry but I can't remember what else she said after that as I was not really interested to know how her maid or mum or she took her child to the toilet every hour nor am I keen to know of how some friend toilet trained their baby by one year old).
To me, parenting is a case of "To each his own". There is no need to worry about what the books or your friends/neighbours/relatives or doctors (ok this one maybe need to worry a little bit) have to say about your parenting "skills" as there really is no wrong or right. Whatever feels right for you and your child, is right. Thats it. Its as simple as that.
And so, if your child learns to go to toilet early, well then good for you, you save on diaper money, and if mine learns to go to toilet before she goes to university, thats my business. At least starting late has its benefits, no potty on the floor for toddler. Its straight to the adults toilet seat for toddler so that this lazy & busy mama can just flush when she's done. No cleaning of potty required.