So, I think O might be ready for a little potty training. He tells me when he pees and poops. The two times he’s had accidents while I was letting him run around diaperless, he ran to the bathroom and peed on the floor in front of the toilet. He yells “Pee Pee, Potty, Yellow!” whenever anybody disappears into the bathroom. (In his world, no one poops except him. Maybe it’s time I get the book.) Plus, he hates, hates, hates getting his diaper changed. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad sign, but I know I’d love to be done with the diaper-change struggle.
He’s 19 months. Maybe it’s a little early, but I figure it can’t hurt to try. Or can it?
See, I don’t even know what to do. Heck, I don’t even know where to start. (Note how I said “a little” potty training above. Can you even do “a little” potty training? See, this is how much I don’t know. I have stocked up on Swiffer Wet Jet pads after reading Sara’s post from awhile back. Go me!)
And there are more questions. If/when I do start, do I just hand my son off to daycare after a weekend of training, and say “Good luck! He’s wearing pull-ups today!”? How do I know for sure that they will follow through correctly, and he won’t have setbacks? (I can probably answer these: I won’t know, and he might.)
Maybe I should just leave it all up to daycare. I’ll simply walk in and proclaim one morning “I’d like O to start potty training. See you at 5:30!”
(Potty training and daycare could work. He only seems to eat well when he’s there. Maybe if once he sees everyone else going to the bathroom, he’ll start doing it, too.)
Yeah, but no. Unfortunately, I want to be able to say I taught him something. I mean, yeah, I know. I have taught him stuff. But there are all.these.things he learns at daycare. And while I love it, a big part of me feels really bad (dare I say: guilty?) that I don’t get to teach him some of these baby basics.
So, what if I took some time off of work and devoted myself to potty training O, could it happen during that time? Could we figure it out together and then I could say I potty trained him? Or should I do what I can and welcome the help I’ll get with daycare?
What do you ladies think?
- Break up the potty process into stages, starting with pulling pants up and down.
- Get both a potty and seat insert, and use whatever the child prefers.
- Accept that accidents happen, and are a natural part of the process.
- Use rewards that are realistic and motivating for the child.
- Schedule regular potty breaks around the child’s needs.
- Switch to big-kid underwear quickly; training pants just delay the inevitable.
- Know that number two can take longer, and be ready for it.