On Potty {not}Training

by Heather Neal

Oh yay! I get to talk about pee!

potty training adventures

So a couple of weeks ago KB was on Spring Break from school and we had nothing to do and nowhere to be. I came up with the brilliant plan of starting to potty train. Read: by “plan”, I mean completely spontaneity.

Kabes has had a little potty for awhile now and has had interest and success in using it on various occasions, but it was always random and never reinforced. He lost interest for a little while and it just sat there collecting dust, but then one day he randomly started asking to use the potty at school. That was odd, as I hadn’t even considered potty training while KB was in school since his classroom doesn’t have easy access to a bathroom. I figured if he seemed ready when school got out for the summer that’d be when we’d consider doing it. {He’d be just shy of two and half, so that made sense, right?}

But he had other plans and I had time to kill {aka time to let him run around naked} and I thought, why not? Oh boy.

So we briefly started. I thought we’d usual a casual approach with roots in the stricter, faster, 3 day method. Since I wasn’t intent on him suddenly making the switch from diapers to real undies because of school, I didn’t really care about actually making it happen in three days.

Morning one, much to KB’s delight, I stripped him of his diaper and PJ bottoms and let him wear his “big boy underpants” that we picked out at the store the day before. I asked if him if he had to use the potty every 15 minutes.

That got old quickly, both for me and for him. After a few reminders he started getting angry, even though he was having success. I stopped pushing it, put a diaper on for nap time, and that was the end of that.

Also during this time, it was becoming clear that Kabes was coming down with a cold. He was tired, cranky, and clingy. Not good for potty training.

But the next morning, despite feeling bad, he wanted to be pants free {who wouldn’t?} and either asked to use the potty or just went. I didn’t remind him constantly, just asked when it had been awhile and I thought he might need to go. We didn’t use rewards or motivation, just got really excited about it and gave high fives and did pee pee dances. Oh yeah, that’s life with a toddler.

Again at nap, diaper on and we were done for the day. This stayed our usual pattern. He’d do great in the morning and then after nap he was so sick and cranky he clung to me and the couch for the rest of the day, both of us totally uninterested in the potty.

Now that school’s back in session, we aren’t focusing on trying to potty train anymore, but the potty seat remains out in the open and he still asks to use the potty. Typically in the afternoon if he has a diaper on he doesn’t tell me he needs to go, but if he’s naked or getting changed, he will.

That’s where we are now: in potty training limbo. Not potty training, but not NOT potty training. No pressure, we’ll just see what happens and perhaps try REAL potty training when school gets out and the weather’s nice enough to run around outside {making being stuck at home way less torturous}.

So yeah. That’s my pee talk. Be grateful I kept the poop stories to myself. For now…

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Electra May 9, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Sometimes taking the pressure off things is key! :D

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