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Potty Training: Take 2

Potty Training: it’s happening.

It’s happening this weekend in fact.

It’s a 3 day weekend so it’s now or never.

I’ve been down this path before.  Charles was about the same age when we embarked on the potty training journey.  And what a journey it way (see here, here, here and here).

I’ve already given it a tentative go about a month ago with Amélie.  We lasted two days.  She just wasn’t having it.  Oh, she’d gotten good at holding it in and on the first day, we hardly had any pee to mop up.  But on day 2 she had an accident, followed by a meltdown.  She became stressed about using the potty and back into the closet it went.

But now, it’s time to try again.  You know why?

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You see, Elliot is a big baby.   The last time he was weighed a few weeks ago, he was just shy of 19 lbs.  I reckon he’s over 20 lbs.  But that is not the point.  The point is that both he and his big sis are in washable diapers.

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This is a problem because Elliot’s thighs don’t fit in his diapers anymore.  He needs a bigger size.  He needs the size his sister’s wearing.  And since there is just no way that I will remain sane if I have to wash diapers every day (which I will if they both share the same diapers), it’s time to potty train.

Now, I think that this time around we are set up for success for a few reasons:

  1. We’ve been counting down the days to the start of potty (and using the words “big girl” a lot).
  2. We’re going to turn it into a celebration (and I’ve got the balloons and stickers to prove it)

    (In case you haven’t noticed, my daughter is a little bit obsessed with pigs)

I’m still unafraid of using bribery.

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I’m pretty sure we won’t need ALL of this candy to get the toddler potty trained.

So, there you have it.

Wish me luck!

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The Potty Training Chronicles – Day 1

PT Chronicles finalWe finally started potty training today!  I have to admit, I was both excited and unreasonably frighted to start, but hey, I had to get things going eventually.  We actually had a pretty good day.

As soon as Charles got home from swimming lessons, I got really excited and showed him his potty.  We started by getting it out of the box and getting it set up with the 3 AA batteries that are required for the headache-inducing songs to play (but my toddler loves them so, meh, small price to pay).  The potty got him really excited.  Then, I managed to bribe him into taking his pants and diaper off and in exchange he got to pick a pair of really cool boxers to wear.  After repeating that now, he was going to pee in the potty like a big boy, he was allowed to go on with his business.

After about 10 minutes, I checked him.  His boxers were wet.  “Oh look, Charles, your boxers are wet, you peed in them”, I said in a cheery voice.  “Don’t worry, let’s get them off.  Remember, pee goes in the potty.  How ’bout you go sit on your potty and mommy will give you a marshmallow”.

I did not put another fresh pair of boxers on after that.  (Yep, the little guy went around the house with naught but a shirt on for the rest of the day)

After that, we had a few accidents.  He wasn’t used to monitoring his need to pee or announce it as he’s never had to.  We always got him on his potty as soon as we could and cleaned up, never making a big deal out of accidents.

Eventually, though, a positive accident happened.  He was sitting on his potty watching some Youtube videos (hey, why sit on the sofa when you can sit on a singing potty instead, right?) and I heard the darned thing congratulate him.  He just kept sitting there as though nothing had happened.

Well I got excited.  I paused his video, got him off the potty and showed him what was inside.  Then, we started a routing of emptying in the toilet, wiping, flushing, washing hands and putting a sticker on his chart (no marshmallows needed!).  The second pee we caught happened the same way, by accident.

After that, he started announcing that he was peeing while in the act.  Now that was progress!  We were even able to get him to finish peeing in the potty once he had started on the floor.  Eventually, he started asking either his father or I to put our computer in front of the potty.  He would then sit down and a minute or two after, we would hear his potty congratulate him.  By then though, he didn’t need his potty to tell him that he had gone; he would stand up and announce his success.

I was thrilled to see how far he’d gone in one day, but that would not be the end of the progress.  By the end of the day, Charles was announcing that he had to go pee before going.

Then, before supper, he talked about needing to go #2.  I got him on the washroom toilet and we sat there together chatting.  At one point, he asked for a diaper.  But I repeated that diapers were just for bedtime.  He eventually got off the toilet, had supper and then took his bath without going.  After that, I got him in a diaper and we did his bedtime routine.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to find him in a dirty diaper tomorrow morning (which is why I put on a nice coat of cream on his bum first), but I’m ok with that.  We’ll take this potty training thing one step at a time.

Tally of the day:

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7 pees caught.  I’m thinking that’s pretty good.

Was it longer for your kids to learn to use the potty for bowel movements?  Do you have any winning strategies (besides patience) to help a toddler along?