I titled this “Part One” because I plan to update you when I have a potty trained toddler, which I don’t see having any time in the immediate future. I mentioned the other day that we starting potty training. By that I mean, we took out the Lil’ Loo Potty and have been letting Turner sit on it while we’re home. I’ve read these “Potty Train Your Toddler in 3 Days” types of blogs, which has just made me feel like a complete failure. So, I stopped reading them 😮 It is definitely not happening that way. Sure, if I wanted to confine the two of us to a small space and never leave my house, it might have worked. But I need to get out for everyone’s sake!
I started the process Saturday, so it’s almost been a week. This is what our days have looked like…
Every morning, I get Turner out of his crib, and he drinks his sippy cup of milk in our bed while I drink my coffee. Right after that, I take off his pants and diaper and he sits on the potty. The trick to getting him to sit there for extended periods of time is to let him watch “BeeYooos” (a.k.a videos) on my phone or play a game on my Ipad, which he’s only allowed to do while he sits on the potty. So, after about 10 minutes, if he doesn’t do anything, we move on to his room. I bring his potty in there, so it’s close, and he plays with his toys. Every so often I say “Turner, do you have to go pee pee?” and he says “no”.
After about an hour playing upstairs, we head downstairs for breakfast. I lay a diaper on his high chair and sit him on that in case he has an accident. After breakfast, I put his diaper on and get him dressed so we can head to the gym.
Once we get home, I take his pants and diaper off again. He sits on the potty or plays while I get his lunch ready. Sometimes, he’ll eat his lunch or snacks on the potty. I figure, the more he’s on the potty, the more of a chance there is that he’ll actually go to the bathroom!
Then, I put his diaper on for nap time. After nap, the diaper comes off again. We really haven’t been going out in the afternoons, so we’ve had a lot of time to work on it. He basically is pants-less until he goes to bed, which has been nothing short of amazing.
He’s peed on the potty a few times and he gets a reward. Sometimes he asks to sit on the potty. But I’m not getting worked up about it. Usually, I’m hard core with schedules and such. But I’m gonna let this play out. I’ll put in effort, but I’m not going to drive myself crazy over it. I mean, eventually he’ll catch on!