This morning, when my son woke, I put him straight on the potty (with no success) and then into underwear. He is 16 months old and has shown an interest the last 2 weeks, so I wanted to use this teachable window.
Day 1 Objective: Teach him to realize when he needs to go.
When a child is used to being in a diaper, they go often. His first two times peeing were on the potty chair, with an accident, followed by another success. There was a point when he did not seem to care much for waiting, so he had three small accidents in a row. The next time he had to go, he let me know, but I did not understand his cue right away, and we did not make it in time. And the last time of the day was on the potty.
My husband was supportive and at lunch time, he took my daughter out shopping, and then to a friend’s house. This enabled me to focus on the child being trained. I tried to stay close to him all day, if not interacting with him in play, or involving him on the household chores. I wanted to make sure that I noticed his every feeling!
When I noticed an accident, whether in progress or finished, I calmly said, “JJ, Pee-Pee on the potty,” or something like that, and placed him on the potty. My goal here is for him to realize that he should be on the potty while peeing. Simple enough ;)
If the only lesson he learned today was when to anticipate needing to eliminate, then today would have been a success. Considering today ended with 2 successes in a row, I think he did learn that lesson.
Tomorrow, we are going to stay home and repeat the same process. I do not expect tomorrow to have better statistics than today. I know he is a different child, but my daughter’s second day was horrible! I think she realized that it was inconvenient to wait. I do not know what is going on in his head, but he has enjoyed today! He likes to clap his hands and, “Yay!” when he gets up from the potty. Washing his hands and shutting the light off are a special reward for making it on time.
I go back and forth between using the little potty and putting him on the adult potty (albeit backward). I know he understands that they are both the same thing, so I am not worried about him getting confused.
My biggest obstacle is his communication. Pee-pee sounds like “Ba-Ba,” so it sounds a little too much like other words he communicates. I might need to come up with another word for him to say, one I will understand the first time. My goal is to be wise and put him on when I know he must go, but the majority of the time I want him to let me know when he needs to go on his own.
On a not so wonderful note, I am not feeling well this evening. My back hurts from getting up and down so much, horseplaying with a one year old, and sitting on ceramic tile. It could be that…or our new bed…I’m not sure, but I hope its not the bed. My kids have been in bed for 20 mins, and even though it is only 8pm EST, I am going to bed! I have not edited this, and I usually do not edit style anyway, but if the grammar or format is terrible, just forgive me! This is just the draft and I am publishing it because I said I would do it today ;)
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