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We bought Adelaide a little potty a few weeks ago. She was super interested in it at first and wanted to sit on it all the time (clothes on). When we came back from our trip to Illinois, Tim and I decided to see if she wanted to start sitting on it without a diaper and had her sit on it when we went to the bathroom.

She’s been talking a lot more about the potty and accurately reports when she has gone poop, or “poot” as she says, but we had low expectations and didn’t really know what we were doing. (I have a book on potty training, but I haven’t had time to read it yet!) Anyway, the second day we had her sit on the potty, she actually peed in it. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this at first and didn’t see the pee in the potty until several hours later. No proper praise given for a job well done. Later that evening I put her back on the potty. She stood up and walked into the hall where she peed on the hardwood floor. I immediately called Tim over to help clean it up and we told her that we don’t pee on the floor, we pee in the potty.

That was a couple of weeks ago. Ever since that incident, Adelaide’s interest in the potty and sitting on it (clothed or not) has waned. When we mention sitting on the potty she just says, “no potty floor.” I think we’ve traumatized her.

One thing I did read is that parents need to be consistent in the terminology we use. I admit I find this a challenge. I tend to call both the toilet and urine “potty” although I’m trying to refer to the toilet as the “potty” and urination as “pee.” One time she called the pee “water” and I tried to explain that’s the pee.

The next day she referred to pee as “poop water” — hilarious!

Our adventures in potty training have barely begun, but I’m already that mom talking about it on the Internet.

We got this 3-in-1 duck potty on clearance at Target for $5.99. It's supposed to play music when it senses liquid in the basin. We thought that would be annoying, so we never got batteries for it. Now I'm rethinking it since I didn't even know she actually peed in it. The music is supposed to be a reward for the kiddo, but it would also be an indicator for me. Or, I could just check better from now on.

We got this 3-in-1 duck potty on clearance at Target for $5.99. It’s supposed to play music when it senses liquid in the basin. We thought that would be annoying, so we never got batteries for it. Now I’m rethinking it since I didn’t even know she actually peed in it. The music is supposed to be a reward for the kiddo, but it would also be an indicator for me. Or, I could just make it a point to actually check.

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