Potty Training

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So the time has come for us to start actively potty training our little guy. He’s ripping the diapers off and sitting in the potty. He’s been wiping himself and throwing toilet paper in the toilet since he was about 15 months. He knows his body part pretty well, especially his ooo booty. We keep the potty out in the living room, but he never goes in it. We tell him, “Go pee pee in the potty.” He’ll sit down, hop off, and minutes later he’s going on the floor!

My mother said I potty trained fairly easy before I was 2. One day she looked up and I had gone numero dos in the toilet! I do realize boys are different and I’m willing to accept that challenge. We’ve reviewed The Potty Tots system when Jay was younger. I think it is great for older children. Jayden’s unpredictable attention span just can’t handle it right now. I honestly think he’ll train before being able to understand story lines and reward charts. We’re thinking about getting him something like this. Sometimes kids want the real thing. They want to be just like mommy and daddy, so maybe if we put him directly on the toilet, he’ll be more likely to go.

Have you gotten your potty training degree? What worked for your kiddos?

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Sheena Tatum

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  • Lynne Sherk December 8, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    I am your new fan 🙂

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  • Luschka May 2, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    We’re just waiting for our eco potty to arrive in the post hopefully this week then we’ll be starting – my LO is only 7 months, but they say cloth babies learn faster, so here’s hoping! Good luck to you!
    .-= Luschka´s last blog ..By: Luschka =-.

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  • Thea April 22, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Omg they grow up so fast! We plan on next year starting a family after the wedding. Can’t wait for my own experiences!
    .-= Thea´s last blog ..Whoaaaaa…. =-.

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  • Stephanie April 22, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    We love our BabyBjorn potty chair and toilet trainer. Both are durable, easy to clean, and unostentatious.

    Also – Here’s a link to our “potty training story” with our oldest (if you’re interested): http://metropolitanmama.net/2008/06/a-potty-training-story/. 🙂

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  • Stesha April 21, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    My husband does all the potty training in our house. I usually end up in tears, or bribing the child. Brooklyn seemed to be ready. Yesterday, I decided that I would go at it alone. Not pretty. She took off all her clothes, ran out of the bathroom shouting…”ME NEKID! ME NEKID! SEE?” Sigh.

    Hugs and Mocha,
    .-= Stesha´s last blog ..Project iPhoto 365: 23/365 – Lovely =-.

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  • Deana Birks April 21, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    He is so adorable! The only thing that really works in potty training is time. Unfortunately.
    .-= Deana Birks´s last blog ..Learn to like it soggy =-.

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  • Atasha April 21, 2010 at 2:05 AM

    Christopher was the hardest child ever to potty train. It took months of my tears and my yelling out of frustration(which doesn’t work) before the poop actually went in the potty. The frustration came from him pulling off the pull-up after he had gone and playing with it like it was paint in his room at nap time.

    Everyone told me boys were harder but I never thought it was as hard as I had it with Christopher. He was peeing in the potty pretty early but that was about it. It wasn’t until we had a playdate at my friend’s house and her 3 yr old daughter made poop on the potty and Christopher actually saw it, did we have success. He came home that day, did his #2 on the potty and never looked back. Just like that. Alyssa was the easiest thing and Ashleigh started sitting on the toilet about 1 month ago when she turned 19 months. She is very aware when she has to go. She tells me and runs to the bathroom but usually by the time I take off her diaper she’s already gone. But it’s a start

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  • Jessica April 19, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Potty training has been the biggest nightmare in our household. We didn’t force him to use the potty, but rather suggested it. When he was almost fully potty trained the first time, his sister came and that tossed the idea right out the window. He finally started using the potty again within the last 5 months and is not only fully day-time potty trained, but also night-time potty trained.

    All I can tell you is that it will come with time and will take lots of patience. I wish y’all the best of luck in potty training!
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..Pollen pollution. =-.

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  • Sheena April 19, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    I mus I tried, tried, and tried. Nothing worked for me. But thank goodness for his teacher whose class he was in at the time. She successfully potty trained him within two weeks. She asked me for a pack of underwear and after that he was good to go. I love her so much for that.

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  • Joanna April 19, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    No advice for boys, other than my best friend has raised both boys and girls and she said that her son was always later at doing the potty thing than her girls.

    The thing that worked for us was..doing away with diapers completely, using real undies during the day and pull ups at night or if we went somewhere.

    I bought the little potty book from Walmart that flushes when you press the button and took Kelsie every 15 minutes or so just to have her sit on the potty for a few minutes looking at the book and I’d sometimes read it to her. It took her about 3 days to finally pee pee in the potty and then after that one time she was so excited that she just started going. I of course continued the every 15 minutes or so and then about a week later she was going on her own…Now poopy was another issue. She didn’t do that for months later. She would always ask for a diaper to poopy in! haha. But that was ok with me as long as she was doing something in the potty. I just say consistency. Don’t stop! Because it will eventually happen and then the excitement will make it continuous. Good luck!
    .-= Joanna´s last blog ..Where is April Going? =-.

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  • Sheliza April 19, 2010 at 6:53 AM

    You are really lucky that Jay does as much as he does! My boy has ZERO concept and I think that the fact that he is still not talking might not help the process. We keep a potty in his bathroom next to the tub and he sits on it and laughs. then the minute he goes in the tub he pee pees and thinks it is entertaining to catch it in his hands. BOYS! Good luck to you and it looks like I will be turning to you for potty advice 😉

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    • Sheena April 19, 2010 at 6:32 PM

      @Sheliza, Jayden catches it with his hands too! He usually gets this look like, “What’s going on down there?”

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  • Michelle Pendergrass April 18, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Love the new blog design!!

    What worked? Cheerios in the toilet to aim in and a chart on the wall to put shiny fish (or “eesh”) stickers on!
    .-= Michelle Pendergrass´s last blog ..Popinjay–BITTER =-.

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  • Hangingwithmrscooper April 18, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Girl, can I tell you the BEST thing that worked for me with my son was also the most simplest thing……here you go………wait for it……….Send him to the bathroom with his father. That’s it. Get a stool for him to step up on. Boys get it better when they watch their dad. My hubby would say “Come on Manny”. I had tried using Cheerios and all kinds of targets but he wasn’t getting it. Then a good friend told me to let Rick take him. He caught on that day. Just be prepared for cleaning around the toilet everyday til the aim gets better.
    .-= Hangingwithmrscooper´s last blog ..A Manny Update =-.

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    • Sheena April 18, 2010 at 9:22 PM


      Ok so now I know we aren’t the only ones who’ve tried this, ha! I think we may go and get him a mini urinal now!

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  • Elizabeth April 18, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    It took a LOT of patience with all three of ours. We used a reward for each (a hershey’s kiss or something similar)and at first, they got the reward just for sitting on the potty chair with or without clothes on. Just to get them used to it. Then, they only got the reward if they pulled their pants down first and sat down on it.

    We found that at first, whether or not they went in the potty was pretty inconsistent. Sometimes they would go in it once or twice a day for days at a time, then not go in it for like a week. Ultimately, what worked best for us is letting them decide when they were ready. All three were four before they could really do the whole procedure themselves – figure out they had to go, hold it til they got to a potty, pull down their pants, go, wipe, pull their pants back up, wash their hands.

    Feel free to message me any time if you want advice! 🙂
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Secrets of the Mountain Sneak Peek and Giveaway =-.

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