I’m thinking of investing in a potty.
I wasn’t planning on it. I always figured I’d wait until my son had the words for “pee” and “poop” so that he could ask to go to the potty. Actually, I figured I’d do the three-day potty training during spring break 2015 or summer 2015.
The thing is, though, my son peed on the floor again this evening and some of my neurons connected.
Ok, maybe I should rewind a bit and explain what my son was doing sans diaper.
You see, Charles likes his routines. He likes to know what to expect. One of his favourite parts of bath time is when he gets out. That’s when I wipe him down and then wrap his torso in a towel and call him my little Greek god. He just beams and walks proudly out of the washroom in his “toga” to see his dad.
Then, if I don’t catch him in time to put his diaper on, he generally finds a place to squat down and leave a little puddle of urine before continuing on with his business (namely trying to get away from me so I can’t catch him and get him ready for bed).
So, why the potty?
I realized today that his bath lengths vary considerably. Sometimes he’s in the tub five minutes before signing to me that he is all done, other evenings he can play and play for 45 minutes before being ready to move on to the next part of his routine. But each time, invariably, he ends up peeing on the floor if I don’t get a diaper on him within two minutes of getting him out of the tub.
Besides, what do I have to lose? We’re going to have to invest in a potty sooner or later anyways so it’s not like I’m going to be buying something that won’t be useful somewhere down the line. Plus, there are some people that do elimination communication (or EC) as early as the newborn days, so I suppose it makes sense to give partial potty training a go at 16 months. Also, he’s already gotten used to waving bye bye to his flushable liner when I’m done changing him (of course, he also likes to wave bye bye when his father or I use the toilet too :D. I figure that I can start out slowly and encourage him to use the potty when he’s done with his bath and see where things go from there.
Care to share your potty training experience?