Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Mom, I don't want to be a Potty Train
So, one Thursday in mid-October, we took a trip over to visit our dear friends Keidra, Charlotte and Parker. The kids played, Keidra and I caught up and somewhere in the middle, Charlotte said, "I need to go potty!" and went to the bathroom. Griffin watched, and then went back to playing. I didn't think much of it.
The next day, he kept taking his diaper off and sitting on the potty. So, I told him he could try big boy undies since we didn't have much going and could stick close to home for awhile. And that was it. I wish I could tell you that there was some magic trick, but he just decided he was ready and off he went in big boy undies!
Now, that is not to say we have been without accidents. Oh, they have happened. I even planned one to happen intentionally. A few weeks in, he was starting to get a little too confident with his potty training and when I would ask him if he needed to go before we left, he would just say, "No, I can hold it the whoolllleee time." Well, this particular day, I knew he would have to go, so to the park we went....lesson to be learned. Well, the joke was on me. When the accident came, he was on the ladder and not only was he wet, but he was stinky too. He just looked over at me, and it happened in an instant. Poor guy, didn't have any sort of warning. He said, "Mom....uhhhh ohhh. I tinkled....and....I pooped." Oh geeze. So we bee lined it home. It was quite a mess to clean up, but it sure did reinforce the, "Let's just try before we go," lesson.
If I did have any hints, I would say....1. Wait until the child initiates (even if it's way later than you thought your kid would get it. When they're ready, they're ready...it's not a competition). 2. Get a toilet seat that just fits right on the big toilet (like this one). It is so handy, there is nothing extra to clean, etc. 3. Let them try even when they're not ready to be in undies....and let them watch you. The more comfortable you make them with the whole situation, the easier it will be when they're ready. 4. And this one is personal preference....teach your boys to sit (at least for now). There is no way Griff is ready to stand. Well, at Miss Deb's (Mom's morning) he stands, and he thinks it's the coolest thing ever, but I don't clean that bathroom...so that's fine by me! 5. Lastly, this advice came from a mom friend of mine...."just remember....it's only pee and poop." So what if they have accidents, they will. So what if they are when you're out...they will. You just bring a spare pair of undies/pants and a ziplock and you'll be on your way.
I was pretty hesitant to "potty train" Griff. With a baby around, I just thought it was easier to change his diaper a few times a day than to have to take him to the potty. Boy was I wrong....it is wonderful. He is so proud of himself and I am so proud of him. He still needs reminders, but we've watched the Daniel Tiger enough to know, "If you have to go potty, STOP. And, go right away. Flush, and wash, and be on your way!"
I'll leave you with this....all of this potty training business happened just before Halloween. Griffin had been requesting to be a train driver for the months leading up to Halloween. And when he would request to wear undies leading up to the day he decided not to wear a diaper anymore, I would say, "You can try the big boy undies, but we won't wear them all the time until you are potty trained." So, the day or two after he was in full out undies, he turns to me and says, "Mom, remember I want to be a train driver....not a potty train."