Potty-training… continued

© Sarah Lipoff 2010

We gave potty training a try a couple of months ago, and due to lack of enthusiasm from my babe (and myself) our efforts didn’t really pay off. But, with the wee tot’s second birthday right around the corner, I think it’s time to really give this potty training thing a shot. So, we’re going to seriously work on potty training starting in December.

Why not start tomorrow?  Yeah, I don’t know. It just seems we need a couple of days before giving this potty training thing serious effort.

I already purchased a kid potty and have moved it to the upstairs bathroom, because we are up there more than downstairs. Makes sense, right? And, I brought up some extra diapers, wipes, and am going to pick up some pull-ups. I’m not a big fan of pull-ups (with all those cartoon-character promotions), but hey, they pull up and down easily – just like real undies.

While working the preschool gamut I helped other kids potty train, so don’t know what my hesitation is with getting started with MY child. I think a small part of me (hiding in the back depths of my brain) DOESN’T want to start potty training because it means by baby isn’t a babe anymore.


I would love to package her up and keep her just the way she is.

I know I can’t.

So, we’re starting potty training December 1st. I’ll keep you updated.

Potty Training – It’s not going to happen in one day.

I was amazed my daughter was showing signs of being ready to try the potty. So, last week, I rushed out and bought a child potty, set it up right next to the real deal in the bathroom and, by pure luck, the first time I sat her on her new potty seat, she went potty! I was totally ecstatic! My child had NO idea what was going on – or what I was celebrating about.

Every two hours I put her on the potty and hoped for another miracle. I was exhausted by the end of the second day. I think she was, too.

At first, she ran to the little potty full of fascination quickly ripping off her diaper and plopping her little tushy on the seat. She reached for toilet paper, inevitably pulled off way too many sheets, and tossed them in her baby potty throne. Then, the shininess wore off, and it was just another thing to sit on, push around, and try to pick up.

After about five days, we had both stopped running to the baby potty. I decided to not push potty training, and my daughter continued to need diapers. Instead of getting frustrated, I decided we would try again in a of couple weeks with a diligent try on the potty every two hours. We are traveling at the beginning of next month and I would hate to just start having potty training click only to have it disrupted by going on a trip. I also don’t feel like toting a potty seat on vacation.

Some parents are ready to do anything to make potty training happen, putting a potty in the car for traveling, bringing a travel potty seat that folds flat, and stopping their lives (and the others that might be with them) to have their child sit on the potty every two hours. I’m not ready for that. I don’t think my daughter is either.

So, while on vacation, I will let my daughter run about without a diaper in the comfort of grandma and grandpa’s yard to maybe experience peeing freely and getting a better understanding of her body and when it’s ready to go potty.

Hey, if it works, who cares!