|Loves to read on the potty!|
So we have been on hold with our potty training journey. Part of the reason for the hold is because I’m pretty content. Poop is the biggest obstacle, and I haven’t had to deal with a diaper full of poop in forever. I can’t remember the last time she pooped in her diaper. So, my motivation is simply lacking LOL! We only use about 4 diapers per day. No big deal!
The other reason for the hold up, as I’ve mentioned in my other potty training posts, is that Caroline is simply not saying “potty”, “pee”, or “poop”. For poop she gets my attention, but I have felt like I need her saying the words before we pee train.
Just as a reminder, she is fully poop trained (holds it when out, asks to go, etc). She also pees on the toilet if it is offered. So she could rock this whole potty training thing any time, I think!
Yesterday afternoon I decided to try something. She woke up from her nap, I put her on the toilet and she peed. I then put underwear on her instead of a diaper. I told her to tell me if she had to go potty (which we do all of the time anyway), and explained that we’d go to the toilet. Not 10 minutes later, she stopped dead in her tracks and looked like a dear in headlights. I asked her if she needed to go. She started peeing right there in the middle of the room. So, I swooped in and grabbed her. Told her “no no, we need to pee on the toilet instead”. I put her on the toilet and she finished. We use the word no at this point because she totally gets it and understands. We keep a nice friendly tone, however, because she doesn’t have the means to tell us she has to go yet.
Before bed, we always have her try and go. She resisted at first, but then got on and went pee and pooped (diarrhea due to either apple juice or molars coming in). Diarrhea makes you a little more in tune to your child’s every noise, and possible potty movement! She seemed to ask to go a couple more times before bed (could have also just been delaying bed time). We put her on the toilet and she peed a little.
To bed she went at 7 pm. 8 pm rolled around and she was still up. I heard her say “Mama”. So, I went in. She made her potty noise. We went to the toilet again, just in case she had more diarrhea. This girl had a completely dry diaper, and smiled SO BIG as she peed in the toilet!
I know she’s ready. I’m still waiting a couple of weeks I think, though. haha
Today she started trying to say potty while she was on the potty. I have a feeling that in a couple of weeks she might be saying something close to the word potty and will be able to get my attention quicker when she has to pee. Plus, school will be letting out and the crowds will be upon us. I’m going to stay in and potty train that first week so we miss out on all of the busyness of the new summer season that’s upon us.
In the meantime, I am researching all of the things I need for our adventure. We already have our amazing potty seats that I have shown in this post (we love the handles). Now, I’m starting to plan for our adventures out and about. These car seat liners were brought to my attention. I have one on the way to take a look at. Britax actually makes these for our car seats, so safety is not a concern as I initially thought! If I like this bad boy, I’ll be buying another. (Always need to have two of something that is going to get wet and need to be washed).
All of our potty training posts:
Start as you Mean to go on (5 months old)
My Daughter Refused to Poop in her Diaper (7 months old)
Potty Training Continued (11 months old)
Potty Training (the plan)
Potty Training Update (17 months old)