Potty Training While Circuit Training
It’s morning. You’re getting ready for Baby Boot Camp class. The stroller and yoga mat are in the car, you’re workout ready, little one is dressed (or maybe in their PJs), and breakfast has been eaten. You get to class, only to have your little one tell you that they need to go potty. This is the moment when you realize your little one is no longer wearing diapers, and you didn’t pack any extra clothes. Can you relate?
If you haven't already, you will soon learn to multi-task quite well. Juggling your morning fitness routine while helping your little one master advanced cognitive and physical development…also known as potty training. Hang in there, mama. Here are some tips for a smoother process!
1. To help with the anxiety of a game plan, start with some reading. One of my favorites is “Oh Crap! Potty Training” by Jamie Glowacki. Next, you'll need to start shopping for the perfect potty to bring to class, which all depends on your child and your stroller. For me, the right potty has been IKEA’s LOCKIG model. The white and green potty doesn’t feature any lights, noises, or cartoon characters. However, the removable insert allows for easy cleaning -- which is what really matters! If you don’t feel like carrying a small toilet around, consider the Potette Plus. It doubles as a toilet lid and travel potty. It will fit perfectly in your stroller! So whether you choose to set it up on the field while you work out, or your little one prefers to use the nearest restroom, you have options.
2. Before heading out to mom and baby class, try to have your little one use the restroom at home. In case your little one needs to go during class, consider these items for your arsenal of potty training essentials:
- potty or potty lid
- a bag to gather wipes & other trash
- a toy, stickers, or book for the embarrassed or distracted toilet user
- an extra pair of underwear and pants
- optional: potty inserts
Believe me, it’s normal to over prepare at first. As time goes on, you’ll know what works best for you and your little one. For extra tips, reach out to your Baby Boot Camp tribe! If multiple mamas are potty training at the same time, find ways to make it fun for the kids. For example, hold “Post Workout Potty Parties” with the mini toilets laid out, or have storytime with a potty-themed book like “Everyone Poops” by Taro Gomi. Most importantly, prepare to be consistent and patient, much like how you already are with your fitness journey. Both of you are coming out of your comfort zones and learning new things. While you work through obstacles and celebrate your fitness victories, do the same for your child. Over time, you’ll both come out on top!
By Heather Osoy, Owner and Instructor of Baby Boot Camp Sacramento (Oak Park), CA