Pre-Potty Training Jitters

When one becomes a parent, most of the time instincts will kick in and life with that tiny human being just occurs naturally. There are many things that I’ve prepared for mentally as a mother… late nights, spit up, drinking excessive amounts of coffee to survive. But one thing I find intimidating is having to potty train.


With Zara coming up on her second birthday this month, I know it’s inevitable. Yet the thought of having to be on high alert because she could want to used the bathroom at any moment while we’re running errands and having her possibly poo in my car terrifies me.


So, today I’m partnering with Munchkin to show you the newly designed STEP Diaper Pail! Because for a while (or at least a little bit longer), I’m okay with having to change her diaper. Especially when we’re still getting settled in the new house. So for now in the beginning phase of potty training, we are teaching her to throw away her own pamper. It may seem small, but I feel like it makes her take ownership in it. And the STEP Diaper Pail is great for doing just that. Not only can she open it herself, but it makes one less thing for me to do in this process. And get this: she actually enjoys throwing her diapers away!


I love the white and it blends effortlessly into her nursery’s aesthetic! And by far, my favorite thing about it is the lavender scented Arm & Hammer baking soda packet that comes with it to mask the smell.

It’s simply gorgeous and a must-have for any nursery no matter what stage your little is at!


Tips on the pre-potty training process:

Let it happen naturally– When people as me how I weaned Zara off breastfeeding, the truth is I don’t know what to tell them. It just happened over the course of a weekend. I guess what it comes down to is, are they actually ready? If they are, it will be a lot easier for them to absorb what you’re trying to teach them. If not, wait a little longer then try again later.

Be okay with the accidents– This one is going to be hard for me, but at the same time I’m going to have to try and minimize these from happening. One thing I keep reminding myself is that I was a toddler once too, and I’m sure I wasn’t perfect at it the first time either.


There’s no right or wrong time to start– If you hadn’t already noticed, you’ll come across all sorts of people who will give you advice on your parenting skills. And even when you want them to stop talking, try not to take offense. They mean well!

Always be encouraging– The first time Zara went number 2 in her toilet, I could tell she didn’t like it. I think she was stunned that she had actually gone to the bathroom outside her diaper. When I tried going in for a high-five she just kept shaking her head like she’d done something awful. But I just kept saying how proud I was and what a great job she did!


So whether you are going through the same thing or have a newborn, each phase of parenthood has its challenges and mountains to conquer. The key is to not doubt yourself as your child’s parent and to continue to accept and show grace.

XOXO Camille Elena

Camille Elena


  1. Waiiiiit, did I know that Zara and Tahlya are less than a month apart?! I thought she was a bit older! But I’m with you girl, potty training terrifies me. I truly have no idea where to start. You’re one step ahead of me with the poop in the toilet! How did you do that??

  2. I’m a month 3 but I’ve only potty trained my daughter. She’s 7 now. My youngest son is 1 and I’m potty training him but it’s different because he’s a boy. He knows when he’s doing number 2 and he comes to me and says “mommy, pooping.” But AFTER he’s already done it. I always encourage him though, because at least he’s got the point across to tell me. It’s progress. I’m pretty excited about. I’ve never potty trained a boy lol.

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