It’s the new call to action in our home :). Only it’s usually a very quiet peeee… without much fanfare, and unless you’re paying close attention Henry will simply toddle off top the bathroom and expect you to follow.
We got our first potty several months ago but didn’t actually start any “training”. We were more potty “exploring” – aka… sitting down, standing up, sitting down, standing up… you get the picture. Henry was excited about it, but the timing wasn’t great what with family visiting for a few weeks, then Christmas holiday, and a few colds sprinkled in throughout. But we wanted to start the process as Henry was showing lots of signs of being ready to try. So we kept on playing, ready books and singing songs and waited until the time was better.
At Christmas we visited with family and Henry’s 4 year old cousin was there. Being fully potty trained, and coolest person ever as far as Henry’s concerned… this was great. Henry followed his cousin into the bathroom regularly (and being 4, his big cous’ didn’t mind) and by the time we got home Henry wanted to sit on the potty too.
A few weeks ago we started with bath time since it was a predictable daily routine. Brush teeth, get undressed, sit on the potty, into the bathtub. It didn’t matter whether he actually peed or not… it was just cool to try. It was part of the routine and he seemed to adapt really well. Then last weekend when he decided he didn’t want to wear a diaper anymore (or any other clothes for that matter!), we decided to let him and try it out.
A wonderful friend of ours passed along some advice… just go for it! Get rid of the diaper, expect a mess and have fun. She also used cloth diapers and found that trying to potty train while still in diapers didn’t work – cloth diaper babes are used to feeling wet, that’s the norm. So in order to get the feedback needed to understand when it’s time to pee, the diaper had to go.
Just like she predicted… lots of accidents the first day (thank gosh for no carpet!) but by about the third day he was peeing on the toilet almost all day. Turns out he doesn’t like his little potty – he’s too into daddy right now for that – has to be on the big toilet like him. So we got the First Years reducer ring. No particular reason for choosing this one… it has a bit of padding which I though he might like, little handles on the sides that he holds onto when sitting on it and carrying it around. Plus it wasn’t too expensive (about $13 or so) and didn’t have anything fancy. I’m not into branding everything single thing in the house, so didn’t want Disney characters, or Cars, or Sponge Bob… it’s a potty after all!
Turns out he loves it! Carries it around with him all day from room to room! Still a few accidents, but for the most part between us asking him and he either saying “peeeeeeeee” or pulling on our clothes, we make it to the bathroom on time.
I don’t see Henry getting out of his diapers at night for a while; nor while we’re out of the house. At home it’s going really well – but he often needs to pee every 15 minutes after he’s eaten! I could have sworn his diaper used to stay dry for an hour or more before. I’m not sure if this is typical..
- is he just excited?
- is it because it’s new?
- is it because of his lower tone that he just can’t “keep it in” any longer.
Oh well… we’re into a good system right now – diaper at night and when we’re out, no diaper at home.