April 26, 2004

Eagle! Landed! Woo!

Sorry for the light posting today--still riding the Rocky Mountain High of successful pee-pee in the potty!

The Boy's success, not mine. Yeah, you're hilarious. Shut up.

Two, count them, TWO sucessful urination episodes in one day.

I saw the lightbulb go off when he did it, too. Of course, the ol' toddler bladder signals still aren't too reliable, and of course there's the whole "I'm playing with my trains and can't be bothered to get to the potty" thing, but small steps, people, small steps.


Posted by Big Arm Woman at April 26, 2004 01:48 PM

I don't know if stickers are a big thing at your house, but we've started giving our oldest (just shy of 3) a sticker whenever he uses the potty. He puts them on a little chart above the potty and gets a prize when he fills a row of five stickers.

He's still not at 100%, but it does seem to help.

-- Erik

Posted by: Erik at April 26, 2004 02:16 PM

I had almost despaired of achieving successful potty training. Then a friend gave me a recommendation: get rid of those wonderful, keep 'em-dry-for-days, expensive disposable pullups. Put on a pair of white, cotton underwear (bleachable).

Two days of that wonderful, warm feeling down the legs and into the shoes did what all of mom's coaching, begging, etc. could not.

Now, if you've got one who actually enjoys these warm wet feelings, I feel for you. I suggest a concrete-floor with a drain and a water sprayer. And keep a big bottle of Tylenol or a fifth of scotch handy for when the urge to strangle him strikes.

Posted by: Claire at April 26, 2004 02:57 PM

"...get rid of those wonderful, keep 'em-dry-for-days, expensive disposable pullups. Put on a pair of white, cotton underwear (bleachable)."

Absolutely. And you can go so far as to put the fresh ones in the bathroom where he can get at them, so that if he has an accident he can change them himself. "You're a big boy now", etc.

Posted by: Laura at April 26, 2004 08:37 PM

As a babysitter for many years, I completely understand what you're going through. Toddler diapers are G-R-O-S-S.

Posted by: Abby at April 26, 2004 10:42 PM

Sigh. I've got one that prefers the trauma of wetting himself and requiring a bath to using the potty. Mom tried the no-diaper thing - pee, poop, the boy was unconcerned. Mom gave up after three days - the boy never asked once about the potty, even though he had used it previously. One time he purposefully wet himself when I picked him up because he knew I was taking him to the potty. He can hold it for a least a couple of hours after while sitting on the potty to avoid using it. In a distant kind of way, I'm impressed. It's odd because otherwise he's a very cooperative and obedient boy.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 27, 2004 10:56 PM


I have a book entitled, Mommy, I Have to Go Potty!
that talks about stuff like that and offers solutions. It's been pretty helpful to me in strategizing, or just learning when to back off and wait.

Posted by: BAW at April 28, 2004 09:20 AM

I'll see if I can find a copy. He doesn't mind sitting on the potty, it's using it that bothers him. He's also coming up on 3½ years old, an age where not being potty is a real issue. Fortunately he's phenomenomally cute so we haven't composted him yet...

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 28, 2004 12:29 PM