I realize that I went offline on the potty training bit. I stuck with potty training for five days. They were the worst five days of my life. I got so sick and tired of stepping in pee, cleaning it up and turning around only to step in pee a few feet away. I don’t know how a bladder so small can hold so much urine.
I decided to stop potty training because of a blog post I read (and I’m sorry I don’t have the link right now). The author said that one mistake made about potty training is starting too soon. She compared potty training to walking and talking. You don’t force your kids to do those just as you shouldn’t think you can force them to use the potty in a week. I realized that Stormy isn’t ready. He has shown almost every sign, but I misread his interest in what the potty was with an interest in actually using it.
So I’ve decided to wait until he’s 16 and desperate to get out of diapers because he can’t seem to get a date….just kidding. But I am going to give it some more time. In the meantime we will continue to talk about the potty, we’ll show him how to use it and we’ll encourage his interest in using it himself. It’s just a battle I wasn’t ready to fight and honestly, we’re both a lot happier right now.
Lildonbro here, reporting live from Potty Training Central. We're two hours into potty training and have gotten the little one to sit on the potty 3-4 times. He's currently walking around without any pants on and has peed on the floor once, which left him looking both surprised and pleased with himself. The offender has received one ball from the Potty Prizes box and has been informed several times that to get more prizes he'll have to use the potty and actually leave behind pee or poop. He is put on the potty every 15 minutes thanks to a timer.
I almost gave up as soon as I started. I've read and my sisters reminded me that the first day is the hardest. Day one is meeting that expectation so far. He fought me on sitting on the potty, he kept asking for a diaper. If it weren't for motivating texts from my sister he would be in a diaper right now.
My advice from my two hours of experience – have someone who's experienced this so they can help keep you motivated when you want to quit; explain (again) with visuals of the treats (or chart) that to earn those treats, they have to use the potty; if you've got a fighter, give him his first treat for being willing to sit on the potty (and then be prepared to hold your ground that he has to leave some kind of bio material to receive anymore).
We are doing the diaperless, training pantless, big boy underwearless approach. i.e. Little Man is naked from the waist down.
Stayed tuned for more updates about the Boy being put on kitty Prozac…just kidding…
Tomorrow I will start potty training Stormy. Am I nervous? Heck yeah. I’ve never potty trained a toddler before. I let Stormy go without a diaper once for not more than five minutes and found some poop on his bedroom floor. But we’ve been reading potty books and working on the lingo. He’s excited about his own potty (and has been for a long time). And he tries to take his pants off
He doesn’t care where we are. He tells me when he has pooped, so maybe soon he’ll tell me when he has to poop.
Given that I know plenty of kids older than him who are not potty trained, I’m worried I’m doing this too soon. So this may be the worst idea I’ve ever had (which will top the other two worst ideas I ever had that I happen to have had this week). But – it could also work and I won’t have to change as many diapers, or fight a thirty pound toddler while trying to change a diaper. Worst case – I’ll get new carpets.