Friday, February 1, 2008

It's Potty Time! Part One

We are about to take the plunge, so to speak, and get down to business with potty training our toddler. His 2nd birthday is next Saturday, so I think it is high time the "big boy" gets down to business. We have casually introduced him to the potty, but really haven't worked on it to date. I've been searching around for advice and here are the techniques that I am planning to try:

  • Skipping Pull-ups at home - Knowing this child, he might be a lazy potty trainer. I can see him being too engrossed in what he's doing and treating the pull-up as a diaper. I think we'll jump right in with regular underwear. We will use pull-ups or diapers when we go out and at night, in the beginning stages.
  • Character Underwear - We're picking him up a few packs of underwear in some of his favorite characters. Thomas the Tank Engine, Diego, and Toy Story, if we can find them. I'm hoping this will get him interested enough to not want to wear diapers anymore.
  • Sticker Charts- This kid loves stickers and also loves to show off what he's done. I think he'll love the idea of having a chart to show daddy, when he gets home at night. I even found a potty training chart with his favorite thing: trains!
  • Sitting First - Even though it isn't what daddy does, we plan on training him to sit on the potty first, before we have to deal with aiming. I have the rest of my life to clean up the off-target sprays from the bathroom floor and wall.

I'm pretty sure he's ready, as he's showing interest, tells me when he needs changing, can take off his clothes, and follows simple instructions. If I'm wrong, no big deal, we can try again in a few months. Wish us luck when we start next week and I'll keep you posted on our progress and any further tips and tricks I come across.


Unknown said...

You're more ambitious than I was! LOL I tried potty training my oldest when he was two and it was a nightmare. When he was three, it was perfect. I didn't even bother when my second came around -As soon as my second turned three, I looked at him and said, "this is the last day you'll be wearing diapers. You're a big boy, so you can use the potty now." He said, "okay." No accidents, no fighting, no crying . . . it was like magic. LOL

Shannan Powell said...

Thanks for stopping by!

I figure it can't hurt to try. My oldest was close to three when he was finally trained, but having two kids in diapers is killing me. Then, after this week with the whole stomach thing, I don't want to see another diaper ever again!!

Sophia Levis said...

The thing about potty training was, at least for my three girls, that each of them was different. The baby did fine; she was potty trained in a week. The eldest had other issues, including urinary reflux, so that had something of an impact. The middle child was, strangely enough, somewhere in between.

The main thing, I think, is to not stress too hard. There are a hundred different methods out there, and everyone will tell you that theirs is the best. There's a hundred opinions on when is the best time, as well. At the end of the day, it's up to you as Mom and your child's readiness as to when and how it happens.

Good luck!