I have an exciting announcement to make. I hope it’s not too hasty, but I just want to share it with the world now(ohhh, well).
It’s been a week…Okay, more like a work week, but technically a week nonetheless.
My son has been going potty….
My son has been dry…
My son has pooped on the potty…
He even wears underwear!
I am literally gushing right now.
Here’s the run down:
My son has had a potty since his first birthday. From the time that he got his potty we talked about how he should use it to do his “business”. At first, he was an instant fan and I was all for it too. Unfortunately his day care was unable to have a potty in the one year old classroom that he was in so our efforts became counterproductive. I was sad to let his interest go, but there was nothing I could do.
Fast forward to a few months after I found out that I was pregnant. The thought of continuing to purchase diapers for my son and a new baby was terrifying. You would think it would be cost effective buying toddler sized diapers, but it’s still very expensive. By the time your child is wearing a size 5 or 6 the boxes of diapers get smaller and it seems as if they hold less too. Of course there’s the fact that a newborn would go through diapers left and right. The way I calculated it, I would spend about $30 every two weeks for my son and it would probably be double that for a newborn. So, $180 a month for diapers?? Let’s not even talk about wipes and creams…
I just wasn’t for it. So I decided to have a talk with my son. We discussed the new baby coming and revisited using the potty. Thank goodness he also transitioned to the two year old class at his school and they are more focused on potty training since they have a bathroom “in their room”. I then decided that the best time to start this process would be over winter break. I knew it would be frustrating for both of us, but the best decision in the long run.
So our plan was set, as soon as we got home on Friday to commence our break we would get right to work.
Night 1: We went cold turkey. I couldn’t keep an accurate record of all the accidents he had even if I wanted to: wet spots on the couch, the floor, even Daddy got a little wet. We were all exhausted by bedtime. He went to sleep with a pull-up to avoid further havoc.
Day 1/ Night 2: A little less optimism about the day, but still hopeful. Back to underwear, but then we ran out (you need way more than 6 pairs to begin this process)…commando it is then. 3 accidents, but atleast we peed and pooped on the potty. At nap time (around 1pm) we went potty and put on a pull-up. When he got up from his nap we went straight to the potty. Afternoon/ evening: no accidents (word). Same pair of underwear until bed, a pull-up just to be safe.
Day 2: Wake up, potty. After we play, potty. Drink some juice, potty. Potty, potty, potty. We’re supposed to have family dinner, I’m nervous about leaving the house. We’re still going to continue with our same tactics, home or not.
Night 3:Somebody was frustrated because he was interrupted from playing with his cousins to use the potty, but we were able to poop on the toilet after dinner! Everybody gave him a cheer and loads of candy (very motivational). A few hours later, we pottied before we left and make a stop to pick up Nana before getting home. We got home and potty, then put on a pull-up before bed- our new routine.
Day 3/ Night 4: So glad we didn’t have any accidents yesterday, even when we weren’t in the house! As long as we can keep up this momentum everybody is good. Hopefully our Christmas celebrations won’t be too distracting from our process.
Day 4:We are on a roll baby! I’m so happy that that we’ve been accident free for the past few days. Trying to space out the intervals between our potty times has been difficult, but I want him to eventually be able to initiate this process on his own. Our schedule has been about every hour to two hours or right after large drinks.
Night 5: An appropriate time to cut off liquids? Around 6pm, maybe? He hasn’t wet himself overnight so we may not need to do pull-ups at night.
Day 5: It truly seems like we’ve been at this for awhile now, but it’s only really been a short amount of time (jeez). An accident did happen…too busy guzzling water and playing on his tablet to make it to the potty.
Potty training is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. I’m glad we had sometime at home to initiate this process and I hope that we can easily transfer this experience over to day care (let’s keep our fingers crossed). I know many people have interesting stories about their experience, please feel free to share them in the comments.
Let’s wrap this up!