Saturday, March 3, 2012

Potty Training

Here's what arrived from today:

Yup.  We're going to start venturing into the Great Unknown Territory known as Potty Training.

dum dum DAH...

I am intimidated.  I am nervous.  I have no idea what to expect.

Maybe that's for the best.  Maybe having zero expectations is the key to potty training.  Maybe we're not even ready to start potty training and I'm rushing things.  And maybe I'm overthinking everything before we even get started on the darn potty training.

So for right now, we're just exploring the potty, getting used to it.  We are slowly going to introduce to Cole the whole potty-training gig, with no pressure and no reward system.  I'm just going to take it one day at a time and adjust expectations accordingly.

Right now, Cole just thinks this little potty makes for an awesome new chair!

Ok everyone - any potty training tips for a newbie like me?


  1. Ah, potty training. I truthfully have mixed feelings about it. I had it in my mind that Isaac would be potty trained by 24 months, but I quickly learned that my ideas and his ideas were two different things. He was trained by 2.5 years old, but after I took the pressure off of myself, it became fun and actually progressed.

    My advice: keep your frame of mind that you have now. Don't walk into this with any expectations. Cole will be trained when he's ready, and you, as mommy, can rely upon the fact that he won't graduate from high school in a diaper :)

    When Isaac started to really train, it was summertime, so we spent a lot of time in my parent's back yard, Isaac naked from the waist down (dang, I sound like a hillbilly!) so he could start understand the "urges" to go. When it started to get colder, I spent a lot of time in the living room of our little apartment, armed with books and his favorite tv shows. The longer he stayed in one place, the more ended up in the potty! We'd watch the entire movie of Cars together, and I'd keep hydrating him and telling him what he body was doing when he'd pee.

    Overall, and this is kind of cynical, the worse parts of raising a toddler are teething and potty training! With Phinneas, I'm taking a much more relaxed view, sitting him on the potty every day, praising his success, having him help dump and flush the contents, but I have no expectations that he'll be potty trained by the time he's two. Oh now nice that would be though!

    My two posts on our training experience.

  2. Oh gosh, you can tell it's 1am for me...sorry about not proof reading before I posted!


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