Potty for the Potty

Potty for the Potty

Back in February of this year, when Dexter was just shy of 13 months, I had a lovely impulse to set him on the toilet to see what he would do. I was over the moon when the little guy quite happily balanced himself on his seat and dangled his dongle into the watery abyss and let flow a stream of hot urine.

I even managed to capture the event on Instagram.

Potty at 13 months

Since then, we have occasionally made efforts to get Dexter used to the toilet, but as he is so young, we haven’t really pushed him to do it lest we make him afraid or unwilling to use it.

This summer, though, once we found out we were expecting baby number two, we decided that maybe we should make some more effort to encourage his potty use and see if we could maybe get him enthusiastic about it.

To that end, we bought him a musical potty that plays a triumphant tune whenever it is filled with pee (or water, or spit, or rubber duckies *sigh*). He LOVES it.

Potty Face

We’ve been able to get him peeing on it pretty regularly, and he’s even pooped in it twice. He gets so happy whenever that music plays, and he even loves helping to empty the potty into the big toilet and flushing it down. He likes when we hold him up to the sink so he can wash his little fingers (a necessity, as he spends as much time playing with his winky as he does actually peeing), and he seems to be acclimating well to wearing Pull Ups instead of diapers.

By no means is he potty trained. More often than not (especially lately), we let him get on with it in his diapers, too tired or just too unmotivated to really force the issue.

The potty is currently in the bathroom (behind a locked door), as he does have a problem with thinking it’s a toy. He will rip all the components apart so he can hit the button that plays the tune again and again. I tried leaving it out but placing it out of reach, and this worked for a bit. He would come and get me when he needed the potty and pull me over to point at it hopefully, and I would bring it down and set him on it. But the kid is good and realised that he could feint and PRETEND he really had to use it when all he wanted was to sit on it so we would applaud him.

Sneaky.

Sitting on the Potty

One of the things I have noticed is that he tends to run to a certain corner of the room to pee. More than once, when I’ve been waiting for him to do his business, he’s got up and run naked across the living room to his corner and peed all over the carpet! D’oh! But now that I know this, I intend to place the potty in that corner to further enhance the connection between the potty and what he’s meant to do with it.

Of course, he’s only nineteen months old, which is still very early for all of this. Different experts give different ages for the best results, but most suggest between 24 and 36 months for optimum training time. And boys are traditionally slower than girls. Add in to this the fact that nearly all of my mommy friends have warned me that when a new baby arrives, even fully potty trained older children will start forgetting their potty habits in the wake of the new family upheaval.

In short, we’re not getting our hopes up. But I’m proud of what we HAVE accomplished, and I hope that we can continue working with Dex to get him happy about using the toilet like a “big boy.”

Do you have any tips or tricks? What worked for you?

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

12 Responses

  1. That isn’t that easy. I was quite lucky with all of mine. I did take them shopping for some big boy pants. I also am a believer in them getting wet! I think that they need to know what it really means! Good luck πŸ™‚

    1. I definitely want to get some big boy pants for Dexter, as I think getting wet will be a good thing, too. The only things stopping me are 1/ We are in a rented flat, and I’m terrified of staining the carpet and losing our massive deposit and 2/ Mark doesn’t seem keen, which makes it hard as it will all fall down to me.

      But I think I may go for it anyway. At the least, I think it’ll give Dexter some inspiration! πŸ˜‰

  2. That isn’t that easy. I was quite lucky with all of mine. I did take them shopping for some big boy pants. I also am a believer in them getting wet! I think that they need to know what it really means! Good luck πŸ™‚

    1. I definitely want to get some big boy pants for Dexter, as I think getting wet will be a good thing, too. The only things stopping me are 1/ We are in a rented flat, and I’m terrified of staining the carpet and losing our massive deposit and 2/ Mark doesn’t seem keen, which makes it hard as it will all fall down to me.

      But I think I may go for it anyway. At the least, I think it’ll give Dexter some inspiration! πŸ˜‰

  3. 19 months is not too early at all πŸ™‚ my 2nd was totally toilet trained by then. I go with the rule of training them as soon as their 2nd summer starts, let them run around without diapers and at first put them on the potty every 30 minutes (with a good book or tv on) and then leave longer gaps. Always have the potty visible to them though, that means having it in the living room or in the playroom πŸ™‚ It takes about two weeks for them to get the hang of it, I’ve found the key was to not put diaper on at any time during the day, not for travelling, not for naps… Just put a towel underneath if you do have to take him out in the pram.

    I know I’m a bit crazy about the whole potty training thing but it’s how all Estonians do it and it worked very well with my 2. (my oldest has a feb bday so he was 27 months when summer was in full swing and he figured it out)

    1. I think we’re lucky living in Florida as summer is pretty much year round! πŸ˜‰ You’re a brave woman to keep them diaper free no matter what, though! I love the IDEA of it, but I know I’d be a complete chicken if it came to actually doing it!

      That said, it does seem like it would work very well!! I am hopeful that I will get the guts to really give it a try soon. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great advice!

  4. 19 months is not too early at all πŸ™‚ my 2nd was totally toilet trained by then. I go with the rule of training them as soon as their 2nd summer starts, let them run around without diapers and at first put them on the potty every 30 minutes (with a good book or tv on) and then leave longer gaps. Always have the potty visible to them though, that means having it in the living room or in the playroom πŸ™‚ It takes about two weeks for them to get the hang of it, I’ve found the key was to not put diaper on at any time during the day, not for travelling, not for naps… Just put a towel underneath if you do have to take him out in the pram.

    I know I’m a bit crazy about the whole potty training thing but it’s how all Estonians do it and it worked very well with my 2. (my oldest has a feb bday so he was 27 months when summer was in full swing and he figured it out)

    1. I think we’re lucky living in Florida as summer is pretty much year round! πŸ˜‰ You’re a brave woman to keep them diaper free no matter what, though! I love the IDEA of it, but I know I’d be a complete chicken if it came to actually doing it!

      That said, it does seem like it would work very well!! I am hopeful that I will get the guts to really give it a try soon. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great advice!

    1. Lol. I’m glad to hear that you were wrong, as right now I think it’ll be unlikely that Dex will not be in diapers when the new baby comes. But luckily I’m not expecting it – I’m just hopeful. πŸ˜‰

      Off to read your post now! πŸ™‚

    1. Lol. I’m glad to hear that you were wrong, as right now I think it’ll be unlikely that Dex will not be in diapers when the new baby comes. But luckily I’m not expecting it – I’m just hopeful. πŸ˜‰

      Off to read your post now! πŸ™‚

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