As I talked about in a previous blog post here, I'm potty training my almost 20 month old in hopes to have him trained before baby #2 arrives. Which is in 7 weeks. Eek! My goals have changed some as I've gotten my feet wet (no pun intended) in the process. We've been working on potty training somewhere between 4-6 weeks now. Actually typing that makes it sound like a long time, but that's not every waking hour of everyday trying to sit L on the potty. I've really tried to ease into it instead of a bootcamp approach. I've learned that potty training early is more difficult because you have to help your little one learn the feeling of needing to pee & poo and take them to the potty every hour or so until they get it as opposed to them being a little older, knowing the feeling, but just refusing to do so on the potty. I guess it can be a battle either way.
So the good news? I think we are poop trained! :)
The bad news - we are still working on pee training. :(
I have to say, though, as a cloth diapering momma I couldn't be happier about being poop trained! It has been DAYS since I've had to clean a poopy diaper (or underwear.) He poops 2-3 times per day and practically on command. Well, I guess I've tuned into what times of day he needs to poop, but he knows what to do and really tries hard which makes me laugh everytime.
*Another lesson I have learned is early potty trainers usually poop train first, later potty trainers poop train last.*
Pee is a LOT easier to clean up so it is fine by me! On Sunday we were going to a friends house for playdate dinner and I decided to take L in his underwear, even though he's not exactly pee trained yet. I kept telling myself if I always take him out in a diaper, he's never going to learn. ::sigh:: Well, 2 underwear/pant changes later I put a diaper on him for the last hour or so of our playdate. (Sorry friend!) I took him to use the potty 2-3 times but he seemed a bit scared and wouldn't use it so I guess that is a whole other challege. Public potty. I've decided I'm going to put one of those little potty seats in the car to use when we are out. We have anywhere for a 30-45 minute drive anywhere we go so I'm pretty sure I will use it. I've also made a point (for a couple weeks now) to sit L on the potty whenever we are out just to get him used to and comfortable with the idea of public pottys. Let's be honest, I'm 33 weeks pregnant so I have to use the 'potty' every time we are out anyways!
I keep reading and hearing that toddlers tend to regress on PT when a new baby arrives. I'm aware, but I'm also wondering if that is true or just something that people say. If there's one thing I've learned it's that every tip/suggestion/old wives tale does NOT apply to every child. I've also learned I tend to have lofty goals and get slammed with reality from time to time. Ha! No worries, I will post my successes & failures here for your reading pleasure! I mean, who doesn't want to read about poop?
So my goal is still to have L fully potty trained by the time baby #2 arrives, however if he's not completely I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I feel like he is making good progress and I'm taking it one day at a time in teaching him (and one day at a time with this pregnancy because I am SOOOOOOOOO DONE!)
And can I just repeat the best part about this entire post?
...at least for a few weeks. ;)