When it comes to toddlers, there are a few things you can count on. 1. That they will say the most inopportune thing possible whenever you’re in a packed elevator or public bathroom. 2. There is no good answer to the question, “Hey, Mommy! Guess what’s on my finger!” and 3. Potty training will be an adventure. We recently wrapped up #3, and it confirmed one more thing for me: Motherhood can definitely get messy!
Potty Training was fairly easy for us, but I wouldn’t be a good friend if I didn’t tell you what I’ve learned after two go-arounds. What nobody tells you about potty training is that the day you finally make that long awaited transition to big kid undies and give away those spare dipes–well, that’s not the end.
No, not by a long shot. Teaching your toddler to go potty on their own is certainly an achievement, but it’s only the first step toward independence in the bathroom. There’s the little matter of *ahem* the stinky tush.
Getting kids to the point where they are wiping–and wiping well–is a subject we don’t hear much about as potty-training parents. Kids are busy, distracted and on-the-go, so when they “go”, they often want to get done as quickly as possible and get the heck out of there. You might catch them casually swiping a balled-up wad of toilet paper across their right bum cheek or lower belly and missing the intended target altogether.
And if that’s what they’re doing, you’ll know it.
Your best bet during the Stinky Tush Phase is to stock up the bathroom with some kind of wet wipes, and visit often when your child is in there. My daughter is currently in undies full time, but she still definitely needs helps getting clean, and that’s why we stock up on Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths. You do NOT want to use standard baby wipes here, because they’re not flushable. Also, many brands will say they are flushable, but Cottonelle actually has SafeFlush Technology that ensures each wipe breaks up after flushing, and that they are septic safe. (If you have a septic system, you know how important that is!) Just make sure to only flush one wipe at a time.
Plus, Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths just work really well. They have a CleanRipple® texture you can see and feel – and that means they get little bottoms cleaner than wipes that are too smooth and have no “grab”.
An added bonus? Not only will the little tushes in your house be cleaner, but your bathroom will look cute, too, because each pack has a pretty design. Or, you can easily stack and hide your stash in a basket like we do.
Other Times Motherhood Gets Messy
Next time you’re at Sam’s Club, grab the Mega Pack of Cottonelle Wipes. You’ll get 462 wipes, and that should last you at least a day or two with an active toddler! Ok, I kid. But really, there are just so many uses for these wipes that the mega pack is a serious lifesaver.
You might ditch the diaper bag after you’re done potty training, but you’ll want to be sure to keep a few packs of Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths on hand for:
- car trips
- picnics at the park
- mud pie making
- frog and tadpole wrangling
- at the pool or beach
- amusement parks
- kitchen helper duty
- summer popsicle break
- Moms – you can use these to “freshen up” too!