Adventures with the Potty

We’re not officially in the potty training stage yet. I  never intended to start potty training this early and I don’t have high expectations for it. However, Lucas seems to be pretty interested with it, so we’ve been casually having him sit on the toilet seat here and there.

To be honest, I don’t really know what we’re doing.

He is so cute when he sits on the toilet. He has mastered quite a few task:

  • Putting his little potty on the toilet seat. We got ours at Target- where else? I decided to just buy the seat that goes on the real toilet instead of buying a separate wee baby potty chair. It made more sense to me and I’m pretty sure it’s way cooler because he can sit up tall and flush a real toilet. 
  • Pulling toilet paper off the roll. Lots of it. Gobs of it. We have to remind him not to clog the bowl with the amount of toile paper he wants to use. It’s pretty cute though, and he really think’s he’s hot stuff pulling paper off the roll and putting it in the toilet. 
  • Flushing the toilet. 
  • Putting the toilet seat down. (That’s right baby!) 
We’re still working on the order and process of these things. He doesn’t understand yet that you have to actually go before you use toilet paper of flush the toilet. But, what am I going to do about it? 
Right now he’s just having fun with it. 
But, the big news is…. 
He has gone potty (what you might call “poo-poo”) in the toilet three times! Every time it has been with my husband. The first time it happened my husband called me and we high-fived over the phone. The third time he sent me a text message with a picture. Yes, that is totally something a husband would do. 
I thought about showing ya’ll the picture- wouldn’t that be cute?- but since he’s not your child you might not find it as cool as I do. I’ll save you…. just imagine the cuteness. 
Today when I went in to get him from nap he said “uh-oh dada” and was trying to take his pants off. Turns out he had a big potty in his pants. ( Are we really talking about this?) He is just the cutest thing!  He grunts and makes faces at me in the shopping cart at the grocery store when he is… going and says “uh-oh.” 
I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to “officially” start potty training him now. I have read about the three day potty method that sounds interesting, where you give your child lots of fluids and no clothes all day long. Who know’s what the result of that would be! I’m not sure if that sounds like something I want to do, especially the part where you have to pretty much be home all day long. Now that I’m home more often though I might try to work with him for a week or so and see how it goes. If he continues to show progress, we’ll go for it. Otherwise I’m not going to push it and we’ll try again later.

Do you have any potty training “tricks” or “methods” that have worked for you? 
I’d love to hear! I know there are many of us going through the potty training stage right now! 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

11 thoughts on “Adventures with the Potty

  1. wow samantha, i am so impressed! 17 months is really early to be THAT ready! i mean, he knows what it's for, he tells you uh-oh when he goes, etc. that's huge! jordan can sit on the potty on command and even though i've put him on there and he's gone a few times, i don't think he really “gets' what it's for. He also doesn't care if he has a messy diaper. He'll happily go on playing in it.

    sounds to me like lucas is ready for a bit more structure. with no pressure, of course, i mean, he is quite young. but if you put a little more time and effort into it, you might be surprised and have a potty-trained-before-two little boy! what an accomplishment for BOTH of you that would be!

  2. We had to have a little potty seat sitting in the bathroom for literally MONTHS before Isaiah was fully ready to take the plunge. We would encourage him to sit on it whenever he wanted to and then we started having “potty time” before bathtime and 9 times out of 10, he would pee a little! It wasn't until recently (at the age of 2 1/2) that he was REALLY ready to try the big boy potty and that's when we did Naked Week.

    Naked Week worked brilliantly. After one HUGE accident that made me have to bust out the carpet cleaning machine (in my bedroom closet), he got better and better every day. I wrote about it here: http://kooimans.blogspot.com/2010/06/naked-week.html

    Of course, Lucas is still quite a bit younger than that, but just keep encouraging him to try it out and whenever he's ready to get serious about it, he'll let you know. Try asking him if he wants to go on the potty about every hour or so and see what he does. If you can get a routine going, you're halfway there!! 🙂 Good luck!

  3. My method was exactly what you're doing. We didn't pressure or MAKE him do anything. When he showed interest, we'd support it! When we did try and force the issue, he used his control over his bodily function and would hold it all day. So we backed off and one day, he just started going potty all by himself. We haven't even had any accidents!!!

  4. I have a great method I use which is a 1-2 day intense Potty Training Bootcamp! check it out at Little Llamas Potty Training!

    I am not a fan of the naked week, as that is not how they live in real life. I think the 1-3 day training is really intense because you are literally having to re-train their little brains to learn to stay dry. Emphasis on Dryness!

    Goodluck! Would love you to take a look at the Method on my Blog!

  5. I love the commenter that said naked week is a bad idea b/c that's not how they live in real life. My kids do! Aidan started showing interest around Lucas' age but after a few weeks lost interest. He was about 28 months when he was fully trained & we didn't do anything special, just encouraged him to try, put Cheerios in the toilet & gave him little treats when he did go. It was about a week-long process. He still wears a pull up at night but has a little potty in his room that is usually used when I get him up in the morning! He is usually dry or just slightly damp most mornings. Emerson is NOT interested at all, so she continues to run around the house mostly in a diaper.

  6. I don't have any advice or tricks for potty training. I'm looking to you for advice:) I do love that your husband took a picture for you, that sounds like something my husband might do in a few years when we're potty training.

  7. I say keeping up the good work! @ 8 months my duaghter would go on the potty all time. But for some dumb reason I thought, oh she's a lil young to be worrying about this & I stopped encouraging her. Then just kinda quit alltogether. Now she is not into the idea @ all & I am kicking myself.

  8. I have no experience in this area, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

    I don't think you should “try” to “train” your child. Lucas is showing tons of readiness, but I wouldn't decide “it's time to potty train him, now.” I think you're doing everything right. Keep praising him when he does go, around the house ask him if he needs to use the potty, think of little rewards for when he does use the potty. Try letting him go around naked. But let him do things at his own pace.

    From what I've read and what I've seen/been told kids tend to take longer when you really push the training, like taking a week and deciding he'll be trained in that time and similar things. If you let him decide when he's ready, he'll probably potty learn way faster than if you decided he's ready. I think kids can potty learn all by themselves, with your praise and guidance of course.

    I say just keep on doing what you're doing- it's working so far!

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