Here’s another wonderful discovery I made thanks to my good friend Helene (Thank you as always! You know Helene, if you charged me a penny for every good advice you gave and I took, you’d have enough to buy you a nice new pair of shoes by now! 😉 ). She showed it to me when the girls and I went to her house the other week to play.
Ever since we knew Jamie was going to come into our lives, I’ve tried to build Sam’s independence in various ways — feeding herself, cleaning up her toys, putting on her shoes, sleeping by herself, going to the potty… the list goes on.
Now as for the potty, while she can successfully tell us that she needs to go, she still needs help with everything else. That doesn’t really make waking up in the mornings easy because she wakes up before we do and sits there until she can’t hold it anymore and shouts, “Open the light please! Open the light please!” At the top of her voice. My husband or I (Well, it depends if Jamie is latched on or not) clamor to get out of bed and rush into the bathroom to help her since we don’t want any accidents on our account.
The nice thing is that at her current pre-school Sam has learned to pull her pants up and down, and has also learned to get just enough toilet paper to wipe herself dry (another proud momma moment!). So really, all that was left was for her to be able to get to the bathroom by herself with the lights on.
Kidswitch was actually just that: a little light bulb going off in my head.
After seeing it at Helene’s, I immediately ordered a set for our apartment without thinking twice. Amazon has a set of 3 for $19.99 (Less than what the Kidswitch site sells it for). We’ve recently installed it in both bathrooms and in the playroom (The main bedroom light, she can reach by climbing onto Jamie’s crib). For now Sam thinks it’s a new toy, flicking the lights on and off in all three rooms over and over again. Hopefully though the novelty of it wears off, and what sticks is that now she can enter the bathroom or her Playroom on her own without much assistance from anyone.
Already after a week with the Kidswitches installed, there is hope. One morning I woke up to the sound of Sam’s voice saying, “Mommy! All done! All done Mommy, all done!” I had found her on the toilet seat, pajamas and undies properly pulled off, with the lights on, dry and ready to flush (We have to work on getting her to flush the toilet since she hates the sound)! The other time right before bed she said she wanted to get a book from her playroom, so she bounced out of the room, ran into the playroom, switched on the light and got what she needed. She promptly turned the light back off and ran back into the bedroom.
Ahh yes. Life with a toddler is beginning to get a tad bit easier. I am already a fan of Kidswitch!