I do not have a strategy and I’m absolutely not going to force it in any way. If he’s ready- great. If not- that’s fine too. I think that’s the most important thing – to be excited and encouraging. I don’t believe that if it’s forced potty training is successful. A kid is ready when a kid is ready. Some earlier and some much later than others.
For the past couple months, whenever Lucas is naked and starts going pee on the floor, I immediately pick him up, run to the bathroom and sit him on the toilet and say over and over potty potty potty go potty good job potty!! This only happens maybe a few times a week, so it’s not a totally common thing.
Lately he has been more interested and curious with his body. Today he was playing with his diaper and whining a bit. I asked him if he needed to go potty and he walked over to the bathroom! I took off his pants and diaper and put him on the toilet and said, okay, go potty. Do you need to go potty? Go potty! Now, don’t get too excited, he didn’t actually go to the bathroom, but I think he might know what it means!
Or I’m just over thinking things here. That’s probably it.
(And afterwards I put his diaper back on while he was standing up and he pulled his pants up and I’m just sitting there thinking to myself, when did this happen? You know how to pull up your pants? Excuse me?)
Later this evening, after bath and lotion and a clean diaper with warm pajamas, he went to the bathroom big time in his pants. A sort of type of explosion if you know what I mean. Before I knew it, he had walked into the bathroom and flushed the toilet. Sweet boy, you have to actually go in the toilet!
Lucas is only 14 months so I don’t expect or even anticipate that he is ready to be out of diapers. And really, I’m not in any huge hurry… I don’t mind his adorable diapers and I’m not sick of them– yet. (And hubby is stay-at-home-dad this summer so he’s in charge of washing them- bonus!) 🙂 I will save my excitement for new, fresh, small, newborn diapers for another post. If this next baby is a girl, oh pink diaper cuteness overload please and thank you.
Ultimately and in a perfect world, I would love to have Lucas potty trained by the time our 2nd is here in October. He would be about 18 months, so this idea could be totally out of reach. Like I said, it’s in a perfect world and I’m not going to be surprised or too bummed if it doesn’t happen. For now we will continue to ask questions/talk about going to the bathroom. If he shows more signs of being ready, I will put him on the toilet.
I would love to hear from you! Have any of you done potty training early? What is your experience? At what age were you’re children out of diapers completely? Do you recommend a separate little toilet that goes on the floor or a smaller seat that fits on a regular size toilet?