Potty Training, A Week Later

Day 14.

No accidents.*

Too many bathroom trips to count.

 

I just cancelled our monthly diaper subscription from Amazon. No more diapers for us because…

We are fully potty trained. Holy moly.

I thought we would not see this light at the end of the potty training tunnel during the first few days, but now almost 2 weeks into the whole potty experience, we have made it. We’ve had an occasional uh-oh here and there but overall he has not had an full blown accident like in those first few days.

We’ve been to two doctor appointments, car trips, music class, art class, grocery store, runs in the stroller, playground and the park plus many other various adventures without accidents. Though I always do pack extra underwear (tucked in my purse, because that screams toddler mom right there) and pants with me everywhere we go fully expecting him to have an accident in public and having to quickly whisk him away to change, but ::knock on wood:: that has not happen yet. We’ve even went on a 45+ min car ride to grandparent’s house over the weekend and no accident and no potty break while on the highway. So needless to say I am so very proud of this little guy and his bladder.

On the flip side, we do frequent the bathroom at every place we go. At the doctor office and want to leave the exam room? Proudly exclaim that you need to go potty 3x in 15 minutes and you’ll be able to get up and walk out of the room, because he knows that I can’t say no. Smart little bugger. Though on the 3rd attempt, the doctor and I both decided he was full of sh.. shenanigans and called his bluff and was able to wrap up our 10 minute appointment.

We’ve eased up on the potty timer (just used our iPhone alarms and set it to go off every 20 minutes) to remind him to take a break and use the potty. I can generally gauge when he needs to go, but the difficult part is to convince him to stop playing or to pause to go to the bathroom. My favorite phrase is still him replying back to me saying “Not yet” when I ask if he needs to go potty, and then generally within 30 seconds he’ll announce that he’s ready to go.

He’s woken up dry twice since we potty trained. Once after a nap, and once overnight (which I was completely shocked) but since then they have been wet when he wakes up. We aren’t quite ready yet to night time potty train, so we’ll wait for his lead on that one but we aren’t in a rush to get rid of the nighttime diapers just yet.

Overall, I am so unbelievably proud of my little guy on this whole potty training adventure. We followed Lora Jensen’s 3-Day Potty Training advice and went full throttle on using underwear during the day and I have to say that it worked for us. But potty training is like sleep training, so what worked for us may not work for you. Just follow your kid’s lead and go from there.

 

In Summary:

:: BabyBird was 26 months old at the time of potty training

:: underwear during the day, diaper at nap time & bedtime

:: stayed home for 3 days straight while just wearing underwear & a t-shirt around the house

:: the exact same potty (just different colors) in each bathroom throughout the house

:: constantly asking if he needs to go and using a potty timer

:: numerous pairs of colorful character underwear

:: patience, oodles and oodles of patience

 

* accident is defined as a puddle on the floor that requires disinfectant spray and paper towels and may include a change of socks.

Potty Training, Day 3

Day 3.

Zero accidents. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

8 pees in the potty.

 

Hallelujah! Just when I was doubting this whole process and feeling like this was harder than sleep training and those first 8 weeks combined, he totally surprised and amazed me today.

Today was Monday and we have our regular weekly art class at the rec center. I’ve been going back and forth all weekend if we should go and decided that we will venture out of the house this morning and give it a try. What’s the worst that can happen? He pees at art class? The class is for tots so surely the other moms would understand and not bat an eye if that happened. Plus I was prepared and brought along two changes of underwear and clothes. The class is only 45 minutes long with 3 stations that you rotate through, so plenty of opportunity to stop and go the potty during the transitions. And plus the rec center was only 2 minutes away from our house. With a lot of reminders all morning, we headed to art class and he did great and had no accidents. We took one potty break and sat on the toilet at the rec center bathroom and although he didn’t have to go, he wasn’t afraid of the toilet or being in the stall.

When we got home, I offered drinks & a smoothie (made by Daddy before he went to the office) and a little bit later, he went potty for the first time that morning. Which was almost 2 hours after he woke up with no accidents in-between. I was so proud and we even called Daddy to FaceTime to tell him about the first successful potty trip. The sweetest moment was when Daddy congratulated him on a job well done, BabyBird was so happy he gave Daddy a virtual hug through the iPhone.

Then after that he was clock work going to pee every 30 minutes or so whenever the timer went off or when he told me had to potty. He’ll sit down on the potty and I’ll ask him which of the 3 books he’d like to read, and he’ll usually pee within the first 30-45 seconds of sitting down. Then he gets to help me dump the potty, flush and wash his hands and we are off. Sometimes he’ll linger a bit longer at the sink, but overall it has gone a lot quicker compared to day 1.

After lunch, I said:

“Okay, honey it’s nap time”

“No! Potty first.”

And he ran into the bathroom, sat down on his potty and went.

After nap, he kept saying that he did not need to go potty and each time the timer went off he tried but nothing happened. If he can’t go, then I don’t pressure him or try to get him to stay on the potty until he does, so I just let him get up and we wash our hands and leave the bathroom. Sometimes this means the moment we step foot outside the bathroom that he needs to go, but most of the time he is fine and doesn’t have an accident. Today it wasn’t until almost 2.5hrs after he woke up from his nap that he had to pee.

He then went once during dinner and then it was bath and bedtime.

I’ve started to learn that he can go for quite long stretches between potty breaks (though I do constantly remind him) throughout the day. And until the first day, when I was pumping him full of liquids, I was more relaxed today and just let him drink when he wanted to and of course that resulted in less potty breaks.

By Day 3, this kid has got it. I remind him a few times that we want to keep our diaper dry, but for the most part he is doing it on his own and really notices when he pees a little in his underwear. He also gets such a kick each day on picking out his underwear everyday and I think that really helps. And can I just say that it’s pretty darn adorable seeing this little tot run around in just a pair of character briefs.

 

In Summary:

:: a few times he wanted to sit on the toilet and then would change his mind and want to sit on his little potty

:: loves to flush, even if there is nothing to flush. I’m trying to correlate that he doesn’t get to flush if there is no pee

:: has not poop’d in the potty yet

 

Edit: After I wrote this post, I went in his room to tuck him in before I went to bed and could smell that he had poop’d in his diaper. I woke him up and changed him and he insisted on peeing on the toilet. First time peeing in the big boy toilet.

Potty Training, Day 2

Day 2.

4 accidents in the morning.

6 successful potty trips.

 

Here we go on our first full day of potty training.

The morning started off great with a good pee in the potty right after getting up and taking off his night time diaper. BabyBird was super excited to get to wear underwear again and happily picked out his new pair for the morning and we all went downstairs for breakfast.

We set the potty timer to go off every 20 minutes with a reminder to use the potty and made breakfast which included a yummy smoothie made by Daddy to help things along. Extra encouragement was given to drink more water and we off for the day. And every so often I offered more and more chances to take a sip of his smoothie or water.

First accident was shortly after breakfast in the play room (which is now rug-less) and left a puddle of pee by his Thomas the Train table. Second accident was under the same table later on, when he crawled under to retrieve a toy. Both times he noticed that he was peeing and said “uh-oh” and said his wee-wee was leaking. So he got what was going on, but just couldn’t stop peeing. Then the third accident was by the bookshelf an hour later. And of course each time the timer went off and we went to the bathroom he didn’t have any pee.

So by mid-morning we were a bit discouraged with the training and tired of cleaning up pee from the floor. It was nice that we were both home, so one of us could walk BabyBird to the bathroom while the other one tended to the accident. Between the timer going off every 20 minutes, accidents, offering things to drink and gentle reminders to use the potty, walking him to/from the potty, it is exhausting to say the least. Each of those things isn’t so bad, it’s the combination of everything plus the constant watch on him every moment to watch for cues.

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After the third accident, I gathered some books and puzzles and we camped out 3 feet away from the bathroom determined that we will make it to the potty in time. Reset the potty timer and waited. We read books and put together puzzles and 15 or so minutes later, he noticed and said he was leaking. We quickly rushed the 2 steps and sat on the potty. Success! He peed the rest in the potty. I have never been so excited and proud to see pee in a little potty. BabyBird loves to dump the pee into the toilet, flush and wash his hands play in the sink. We gave him high-fives, cheers and hugs and told him how proud we were and just made a big deal that he went potty and kept his underwear dry.

A few times after this (when the potty timer went off), we went and sat on the potty but nothing came out.

Then it was lunch time and half way through lunch, he told us that he needed to potty. We quickly got him down from his booster seat and he peed in the potty. Woohoo! For nap time he was put in a diaper and slept for 3 hours. Little guy was tuckered out and so were we. Daddy and I both took a nap too; potty training wears the entire family out.

For the rest of that afternoon, he went potty every time and had no accidents. About half of the time he peed when the timer went off and the other half of the time he would tell us that he had to go potty again. The proudest moment was during piano time with Daddy and BabyBird actually stopped playing his instruments and walked up to Daddy and told him he had to potty.

During dinner he asked to go potty 3 times with no pee or anything in the potty, which meant dinner lasted about 1 hour from start to finish and he was the only one eating. After dinner was bath time and got into his jammies. As we were about to tuck him in for the night, he said he had to go potty (even though he had a diaper on) so we quickly unzipped him from his jammies, took off his diaper and sat him on the toilet in his bathroom. I wasn’t in the room, but could hear BabyBird repeating “I gotcha” to himself as Daddy reassured him that he wouldn’t fall in the toilet. A few drips came out and that was it.

Since he was an infant, we’ve always either nursed or given him a bottle before bed. Then it transitioned into a sippy cup of water and for the last year or so, it has been a little cup of water by his bedside. The routine would always be a sip before hugs and getting tucked in. With night training in mind down the road, we took away the cup of water in hopes of helping him keep a dry diaper throughout the night.

Day 2 was completed and what a relief that by the afternoon he really got the whole process and was so happy and proud to keep his underwear dry.

 

In Summary:

:: lots of “false alarms” today, when he thought he had to pee but it was just farts instead

:: he pooped in his nap time diaper, so no pooping on the potty yet

:: by the end of the day, could feel when he had to pee and would let us know

:: the potty timer has been our best tool to help remind him to try using the potty

:: wore only one pair of underwear the whole afternoon and kept them dry

 

 

Potty Training, Day 1

Day 1.

5 pairs of underwear worn in a 4 hour time span.

4 accidents.

1 successful pee in the potty.

 

We’ve been talking up being big boys and going to the potty for weeks. And up until this point, BabyBird has been using his potty before bath every night with a very high success rate for the last 4+ months or so. Daddy and BabyBird have got the bedtime bath routine down to an art and they’ve made up silly songs to sing while BabyBird sits on the potty and Daddy gets the tub ready for the bath each night.

The Potty Book for Boys is a book we picked up at a bookstore a few months ago, and in the last few days he’s been reading it to himself in the morning and asking for underwear. When I ask him more about it, he says he wants red underwear like the boy in the book. So we took this opportunity and ran with it and marched ourselves over to Target to let him pick out his very own set of underwear. Before we headed to Target, we stopped to get lunch at his favorite of all favorite places to eat. Chipotle. While we were eating lunch, we were talking up the excitement of going to get underwear afterwards and he was soo excited that he leaned over to the table next to us and proudly told the single male munching away at his burrito that he was going to get underwear. The guy just smiled and nodded, I guess he doesn’t have kids.

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He was stoked to be picking out his own underwear. And if we didn’t stop him, he would have put a pair of each kind in the basket. We settled on Thomas the Train, A Pixar Character set, & Sesame Street.

We got home right at nap time, so he went down for a nap (in a diaper) and I threw all of this new underwear in the wash. Can I just say that a few dozen pairs of 2T sized brielfs is pretty adorable to wash?

After nap, we made a big deal about getting to put on real big boy underwear and let him choose his first pair. Then proceeded to make a nice big smoothie and was offered lots of sips of water. We rolled up the rug in his play area (thank goodness! because he ended up peeing in this area 3 times) and we were off.

We set a potty timer to go off every 15 minutes to help remind BabyBird to use the potty.

We played games, read books and during one of the books I noticed that he started to pee but stopped himself and we ran to the potty. Where then… nothing happened. He didn’t want to pee. So we cleaned up and put on a new pair of underwear and went back to the book. With a lot of reassuring that we wanted to keep our underwear dry and to tell us when he needed to pee. So we went back to the books where he then peed on the floor again. We let him clean it up and showed him that we didn’t want pee on the floor and instead wanted it in the potty.

The next couple of trips didn’t yield any pee or poop in the potty. We asked if he needed to pee and used the timer. We even demonstrated how to use the potty.

I made and cooked dinner (buffalo burgers & sweet potato fries) and sat down for our first meal sans diaper. We placed a small hand towel on his booster seat and all sat down to eat together. I asked once if his underwear was stil dry and it was. Then a little bit later, he said it was wet and we rushed over the potty. Success! He peed the rest in the potty and we hoot and hollered and made such a big deal of the event. We were so proud. I think he got it that once he started to pee and could feel that it was a little bit wet he stopped himself and told us, even in the middle of dinner! Yay!

After dinner was bath, stories and lights out.

 

In Summary:

:: this is exhausting. Between the constant vigil of watching him and reminding him to listen to his body, we are pooped (pun intended) after just potty training this afternoon

:: we aren’t using treats or rewards for going potty. We are using a lot of verbal praise and high-fives and cheers

:: thankfully our downstairs is all hardwood floors or tile, so clean up as been relatively easy to just wipe up

:: he’s just wearing underwear and a t-shirt

:: for naps/bedtime we are still using a diaper, until he starts to wake up dry

:: he loves picking out his underwear, and could careless what character was on them. He prefers to pick by the color of the trim

:: BabyBird is 26 months old or 2 years & 2 months.

 

Stay tuned for Day 2.