Kristen Bell is known for speaking her mind in any situation and being brutally honest about how hard parenting can be. That’s why it’s no surprise that, on the most recent episode of her podcast, Mansplaining with Kristen Bell, she candidly explained that her 5 ½ year old daughter, Delta, is still in diapers.
Say what!? No, it’s totally normal. All kids are different and while some get the hang of using the toilet ASAP, others struggle to figure it out. Bell explained: “My oldest daughter, at 21 months, we merely suggested that she use the toilet in the other room and [she] never wore another diaper beyond that… My husband and I, like, ‘Why does everyone make a big deal out of this potty training? It’s so easy. Just tell the kid to use the toilet.”
Bell got her due like all parents due when she revealed that Delta was still using diapers. But that’s totally normal — every kid is different, and that’s especially true of siblings, leaving parents with no idea what to expect from one baby to the next, and it’s also totally okay. Potty training is one of the hardest phases of parenting young kids, and it’s also one of the messiest. Luckily, Bell doesn’t seem too phased about it, probably understanding that her youngest daughter will get the hang of the whole potty-training thing at some point.
There are a million different strategies for potty training — and all of them are valid. Whatever works for you is what works!