I have always been somewhat of a worrier (read: ridiculously anxious, over-analytical, and slightly over-reactionary), but parenting has seen my worry reach new levels. Why isn’t the baby sleeping? Why is the baby sleeping so long? Why is the baby feeding so much? Why hasn’t the baby fed for the last two hours? Is the baby stimulated enough? Am I over stimulating the baby? Ad infinitum.
The current ‘crisis’ is potty training. Or rather, lack of it. The Princess has always been bright and keen to get on with growing up. She was teething at ten weeks, sitting at five months, on her feet at eight months and she now has the language skills of a five year old. Yet she is still in nappies, and showing no signs of being ready to leave them behind.
Or, at least I don’t think she is showing any signs. This is my main problem – I don’t know what I am looking for. I’m kind of half expecting The Princess to wake up one morning with a wee-free nappy, asking to put on a pair of pants and go sit on the toilet. Anything more subtle than this I’m not sure I’ll pick up on.
I’ve read bits and pieces on being ready for potty training; dry nappies after naptime, when the child is able to tell you they need a wee, neither of which is happening with The Princess. She can tell us when she is doing a wee, but not when she needs to go. Her nappies are always wet after naptime and bedtime. Deep down I don’t think she is quite there yet.
On the other hand, I really don’t want to miss the window of opportunity. I know leaving it too late to potty train can cause as many difficulties as starting too soon. So what do I do? What am I really looking for? Should I keep waiting and seeing if she gives me a really screamingly obvious, unmistakable sign, or should I just start now and get on with it? Help me readers, please, what should I do?!