Guess who went pee pee on the potty tonight for the first time?!!
[Disclaimer: I am sharing this news here because, well, it’s my blog … but mostly because I am not going to be sharing my toddler’s toileting habits on Facebook or Twitter; this is my “safe space.” Plus, I feel like those reading my blog either know me in real life (family/friends) or know me via the blog so hopefully no one is offended by this post. If you are, stop reading now.]
For the past two months, we’ve been diligent about putting Maya on her little princess potty seat (that sits on the big potty) after dinner but before bath. No one told me it was time to start potty-training, but after doing some reading, talking to my mom and our pediatrician, and learning about signs your child might be ready/on the verge of being ready, we figured we’d give it a shot.
We started with post-dinner, pre-bath because everything I’ve read suggests after meal-time is a good time to attempt potty-training. Plus, she’s already nude and ready for the bath, so it’s easier to convince her to sit down.
One night a couple weeks ago she tooted a few times (she will hate me when she is 15 for sharing that!). She’s told us “bye-bye poo” after she pooped a couple times (or signed “diaper”) … but never when she had peed, or had to pee. Still, we wanted to expose her to it. She loved to flush the potty, point at her potty, attempt to say potty (“paht”). She loved to put paper between her legs into the potty (she seems to understand that it goes there, that way). All good signs for attempting potty-training.
Nonetheless, she has sat there night after night, doing nothing — just reading a book, playing with a toy, babbling at us. We’d run some water (another trick I heard) but nothing was working. A minute or two later, she wanted to go in the bath.
This week, she began peeing while standing up in the bath as soon as the water began running … and laugh!! Pretty much mocking me, or so it seemed.
So I would tell her, “Maya! You’re going pee pee! But we don’t go pee pee in the bath. We go pee pee in the potty.” Then I’d point at the potty and say, “In the potty.” And she would laugh [again] and I’d wonder if I was wasting my time trying to talk sensibly to a toddler.
Tonight, though, she just sat down and immediately began tinkling! (Oh my gosh, I just wrote “tinkle.” Who am I?!). No prompting, no water running. In fact, I almost missed it because I was looking away for a second.
I was incredulous, to say the least. While she sat on her pink princess seat post-tinkle, I hugged her and kissed her and told her how proud I was of her and she seemed to understand my joy because she was grinning ear to ear and looked mighty pleased with herself. Luis was in the other room getting ready for his racquetball game, so of course I had him come in. It was a proud family moment 😉
Now, don’t get me wrong. My kid is not potty-trained because she peed once in the potty. And I don’t think she is some wonder kid who will be potty-trained in a week’s time, or even a few months. She might not do this again for a while. But the important thing is, this is a start. I definitely don’t want to rush her before she’s ready, so we’ll watch for her cues. (It is a bit early to begin officially potty-training, although my sister and I were both mostly potty-trained by 2 so I know it is possible and from what I hear, it’s easier with girls — we’ll see).
The good thing is, there’s no real rush. She doesn’t “need” to be potty-trained by a certain age for school, and both of us feel like she is leading us with what she wants. If she was squirming to get off the potty or uninterested in the bathroom, it would be a different story. But she’s not; rather, she’s very interested in what happens in a bathroom. Oy.
On Monday I’m going to talk to her teachers about letting her sit on the potty after lunch/before nap each day. They had told me a while ago it’s not common in her room (though some begin in the next room) but they will do whatever the parents want, so we’ll see. We’ll also try this weekend before naps and bed and see how she does — but no pressure. That’s key. Definitely don’t want to rush her.
Our little peanut is growing up …. Tear.
How about you? Any potty-training tips you care to share??? How long did potty-training (daytime, at least pee) take?