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:
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?