February 11, 2017
I bought the book Potty and started reading that to him. He's such a boy because he'd always start hysterically laughing at the part that says, "What's that? Tinkle, tinkle, toot!" How can he already find potty humor hilarious before he's two?? We didn't buy a little potty because I didn't want him to have problems going when we were other places. I turned him around so he was facing the toilet, this way he didn't feel like he was falling in and could hold on. We do plenty of washing hands around here, scouts honor.
The first couple days were hard because I never timed it right to have him make it on the potty. I'd put him on and he'd go five to fifteen minutes later on the floor...so frustrating. Even when he went on the floor, I'd say, "We go pee pee on the potty!" and set him on the toilet. I kept pumping him with liquids so we had plenty of practice, and I started to pick up on his potty cues so I could time putting him on the potty with him actually going on the potty. Then he started noticing that he peed a little, stop, and make it to the toilet. He LOVED putting his special stickers--cars, sports, dogs, construction vehicles, and rockets--on the big piece of butcher paper I had taped on the door every time he went. After three days of literally staying inside all day and me watching him like a hawk, we started going out on half hour drives with no accidents. Then after five days, we were good for hour long, even two hour long, excursions like my workout classes, nursery, or his swim lessons! Not too shabby!
He wasn't great about telling me when he had to go when he wasn't home for about another month. I just had to take him every hour or so when we were out, but after a couple months, he was able to climb onto the toilet and go all by himself! I can still remember walking past the bathroom and seeing him on the toilet going all by himself. He had the biggest smile on his face and was so proud of his newest accomplishment! He's still not potty trained at night, but he goes without diapers during his nap.
People thought I was crazy for potty training him so early, but my mom told me she's convinced there is a window from 18 to 22 months where they're easier to potty train because they're not too set in their ways like they can be when they get older. It worked for Robbie! In general, from what I've read, Americans tend to potty train later so I think it can be more of a cultural thing too. I'm just happy I don't have to change poopy diapers anymore! Proud of you, Robs! Thanks for making this milestone an easy one!
haha this picture makes my day every time!