For the past few weeks Nick and I have started to introduce Sebastian to “pee pee in the potty.”
We bought a kid’s potty from Ikea a few months ago, just because, and it’s been in his bathroom ever since. Sometimes when we’d go to the bathroom, we’d take him in there and show him how we pee pee on the potty. We never really pushed anything though.
Just recently, maybe for the past four or five weeks, Sebastian has shown interest in using his potty.
He says “pee pee” and grabs his crotch. Or he’ll look at me and say “pee pee” even if he has to poop.
I’ll respond with, “Do you have to use the potty?”
Sebby then replies with “ya,” and we proceed to the bathroom.
I have a book in there I’ll read to him sometimes to get him to sit for a little and he eventually goes. Sometimes he’ll just say it just to go in there and mess around, but usually he’ll go in and actually potty. The first time he peed in the potty (August 1, 2018), which was about three weeks ago, Nick and I made it such a big deal that he kind of got scared. I think he thought he might’ve done something bad? As a reward I gave him his vitamin because I know it’s something he loves to get. It took a few more days for him to pee in the potty again, but once he did I didn’t freak out as much. I gave him a high five and told him what a big boy he was.
Fun Fact: I read, and was told, it’s pretty normal for kids to get scared the first time they pee and poop in the toilet. It’s a new experience for them and it just catches them off guard a little bit.
Last week Sebastian was really sick with a virus so his schedule was messed up for a few days. Usually every morning after he eats breakfast, we’ll take his diaper off and have him naked around the house in the mornings. The past few days though he’s gotten back on track and even went potty (poop) in the toilet all by himself. I believe this was the second time he’s pooped on the potty! This particular time though he actually said “pee pee” and Nick and I watched him walk into the bathroom, shut the door, and then come back out, point, and say, “pee peeee!” We walked in, and to our surprise he pooped! The other two times he’s pooped on the floor (and once on our balcony), but would come and tell me right away. It’s kind of like having a puppy except the puppy doesn’t tell you when it’s done something bad.
By the time we leave to do something in the morning, he has peed and/or pooped in his potty. Before his bath and/or bed I’ll also try this method, but it’s hard during the day if we are doing stuff.
A mom told me that she potty trained her kids by planning meals for 3 days and staying home with them. They’d be completely naked for the three days or she’d get them underwear with their favorite character on them so they wouldn’t want to pee on them. Everyone says that’s the best way to do it, but be prepared to wash a lot of sheets and floors.
My hope is that he’ll be fully potty trained by two or a little after two because I feel like he’s pretty capable. The problem we face is finding the time to do it and stick with the process. It’ll be a different dynamic and routine in our household once the new baby is born, but I’m hoping we will all be able to adjust and still focus on getting Sebby out of diapers and into pull ups or full on underwear.
I’m not going to put any pressure on him or the situation though. I feel like I know Sebby well enough (obviously cause I’m his mom) to know that he’ll fully start when he’s ready. I feel like that’s important especially when you first start introducing it. You really don’t want them to end up regressing. Every time he says “pee pee” though I have to be prepared to take him to the bathroom no matter what or where. I think that’ll be the hardest part. Also, he’s still kind of afraid to sit on the normal toilet, so I think I’ll get one of those potty seat trainers soon too! Maybe he’ll find it more enjoyable.
Below are a few different potty’s you can reference to.
Note that they don’t have to be anything crazy expensive. Ours was just an on the whim purchase.