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Proper Potty Training December 30, 2011

Filed under: Baby G — arminta @ 1:49 am
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Gee whiz, will this bitch shit up about her kids potty habits?!?!


Probably not…


So, let’s recap the potty progression:

  • First there was cloth, and it was good. First six months (i.e. EBF diet) cloth was A. O. K.
  • Then there was potty & diapers, ala Elimination Communication, and it was also good. It took a lot of work on my part, but, less diapers! We had days with lots of catches and days with very few catches. Overall, it was great, except you know, nekkid booties get cold and Ladybug cannot be trusted to not injure exposed weiners (or hands, or really anything, but Daddy is most worried about injured weiners).
  • Then came sposies and they were easy. Expensive, yes. Gross, hellz yes. But, oh so easy. Too easy.

Now we have a semi-verbal toddler who says words like “pee-pee” and “poop” and “potty” and even phrases like “go potty” and “eww poop.” He says these things at times like when he’s peeing (with or without a diaper on). He even grabs his bird right before peeing if he has a diaper on.


Oh snap! That sounds like potty training readiness queues… So this week, while Ladybug is terrorizing her Daddy’s house, we’ve gone back to diaper free. He is definitely getting the connection between pee-pee and poop and potty. Not necessarily getting the actions together to go to the potty to make potty, but understanding they are related. It’s enough for me.


Now the question is, do we keep it up next week when Ladybug and Little C are back in the house? I’m leaning towards “hell yes.” What think ya’ll? Potty train a 16 month old, or let the signs pass and go back to diapers? If you are potty trainging a young toddler (younger than 24 months), what are you doing and how’s it going?


One Response to “Proper Potty Training”

  1. As you know, we too are training a wee one in the ways of the potty. I’m pretty lazy about it though. If she wants to use the potty, she’ll let me know. I take her with me when I potty and we both potty. If she pees or poops- it’s party time, if not, no big deal… We’re in ‘sposies now too and have been since the cross-country move in July, and I really haven’t noticed a big difference in her awareness of messes- I use cloth training pants when we’re hanging at home on weekends and stuff. Then again, she’s a sensitive little priss who hates being dirty like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I’d say to do what works for you and little G… My oldest girl was 2 1/2 before she trained, and was waking up fully dry before it even occurred to me to TRY to potty-train her, and she took another 6 or so months before grasping the concept of pottying… Every kid is so different!! Good luck!!

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