Potty Trained…It’s About Time!

My son is finally potty trained. I originally introduced him to the potty last summer just when he was just shy of turning two years old. He showed interest in the potty, but not enough to ask to go. He also couldn’t recognize the need to go at that time. Throughout the school year, my husband and I worked on potty training with him, but since our schedules were somewhat crazy, there wasn’t consistency. As soon as the school year ended, I was able to give 100% towards potty training. Within 2-3 weeks, my son was completely potty trained (at least during the day). Below are the basic steps I followed in order to potty train my son.

  1. Read potty books to my son. Since he loves Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, one of the books I bought for him was a Daniel Tiger book about using the potty with a button that makes a flushing sound when pushed. I also read him
  2. Showed him how to use the potty and introduced him to his very own potty.
  3. Began sitting him on the potty occasionally when I thought he might need to go like a few minutes after dinner.
  4. Allowed him to pick out his own big boy underwear at the store.
  5. Allowed him to wear his big boy underwear all day as long as we were home.
  6. Began sitting him on the potty every 30-45 minutes until he recognized that he needed to use the potty and started asking. Each time he used the potty, he added a sticker to a rewards chart. When he filled up the chart he would get a prize.
  7. Once he mastered his little potty, I introduced him to the grown up potty (my desperate attempt to stop using diapers and pull ups while we were out of the house).
  8. Introduced him to potties in stores and restaurants.
  9. To wean him from relying on prizes to use the potty, I would have conversations with him about other things to distract him or pretend to have misplaced the stickers for his chart once in awhile until he completely forgot about receiving prizes for using the potty.

In the beginning, it was very stressful and time-consuming. I really thought it would take forever. But once I was home everyday with him, it seemed to be much easier.


“Mommy,Will You Yipper My Jacket So We Can Go To Yaxbys?”

Ok, so my son has not actually said this exact phrase; however, the way he says certain words gives me a good chuckle. In general, his language is very well-developed (he’s only 2 1/2). He uses multi-syllable words and talks in complete sentences most of the time. One thing he is struggling with though is the letter “Z” sound. So when he asks me to zipper his jacket it comes out as “yipper”. In the title of this post, “Yaxbys” is a restaurant that’s really called Zaxbys. The other day, my son said “Let’s eat at Yaxbys” and I couldn’t help but laugh.

10 Unwritten Rules for Toddlers

As my son has been becoming more independent, I have noticed certain patterns with his behavior. I am determined that these are rules all toddlers know that are a mystery to parents. Below is my list of the top 10 toddler rules that sum up my son’s behavior.

  1. You must constantly ask for snacks, toys you dropped, or to get out of the carseat for the entire car trip.
  2. You must fall asleep in your carseat exactly two minutes before you arrive at your destination.
  3. You must choose only one food that you are willing to eat everyday for every meal and refuse all other foods given to you.
  4. You must save all your tantrums for when you are with your parents and display your good behavior for when you are with others.
  5. Food is not only a source of nourishment, but also a source of entertainment. Make sure at least half of your dinner is on your clothes before telling Mommy and Daddy that you are done with dinner.
  6. How to avoid being picked up and taken somewhere you don’t want to go – When one parent picks you up, cry for the other parent to hold you. When the first parent puts you down, refuse to let the other parent pick you up by lying down flat on the floor.
  7. In the car, you must close the lid on your cup and incessantly ask your mommy (who is driving) to open it. Once she has a chance to reach back and open it for you, you need to immediately close it and begin the questioning again.
  8. You must insist on walking inside stores instead of sittingĀ in the cart. Run towards the breakable items first.
  9. You must play games that make Mommy and Daddy very nervous like making yourself fall down or seeing how much food you can stuff into your mouth.
  10. You are the center of the universe. If you don’t get your way you must throw a tantrum.

I’m sure there are several that I have forgotten, but for the most part this is a typical day with my toddler.


Potty Struggles

While the title of this post already tells you I am going to express some kind of problem or frustration I have with potty training, I decided I will start off by describing the positive points.

  1. My son enjoys using the potty because of the rewards he gets (stickers and candy).
  2. My son knows when he has to poop, tells me, and has been pooping on the potty for almost one week now (no messy diapers in the last 5 days).

I’m trying to appreciate those positive points because I know some parents may be struggling more than I am with potty training, but some days it’s really difficult. We seem to be having a timing issue. My son has been using the potty about 3-4 times every day for the last 5 or 6 days. One of those times each day was when he told me he had to poop and so I put him on his potty. The other times he just happened to be by chance because I put him on the potty at the right time. I’m thinking that he doesn’t recognize when he has to pee. I’ve tried using a potty watch and putting him on the potty every 30 minutes but that doesn’t always work when we go out for the day. People have suggested to me to let him run around the house naked or in underwear but when I’ve done that if he pees on the floor or in his chair he won’t say anything to me. It’s like it doesn’t bother him. I bought him some Pull-Ups with Disney characters and told him that whatever character is on the front can’t get wet so if he needs to pee he needs to tell me or Daddy. He hasn’t told us when he has to pee; however, I put him on the potty at the right times the last two evenings that he kept his pull-up dry for several hours. I know I can’t rush it and can’t force him to use the potty, but considering he enjoys sitting on the potty and has no problem using it to poop (or pee if I happen to get him on at the right time) I feel like he is so close to being fully potty trained (at least for during the day – nighttime is a different story).

Potty Time

I had introduced my son to the potty last summer and while he did use it a few times he was not completely interested in it. It has been hard to work on it once the school year began because my husband and I have opposite work schedules and sometimes my son is at my mother in law’s house and sometimes he is at his preschool. Now that I have been on spring break, I have worked on it more and he went from not wanting to use the potty to using it four times today. I was so proud of him that I treated him to his first Starbucks drink (no coffee of course). We shared a Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino.

Language Development Part 2

My son surprises me every day with the complex sentences that he is speaking. When he talks I’m always expecting incorrect grammar, but when he speaks a long sentence correctly it amazes me. The one day we were at the grocery store and I told him when we were done we would go eat lunch. During the shopping trip, he was looking at all the other people in the store and he said, “After the people shop, they will go home and eat lunch just like me.”

He is also responding more with his own thoughts and word choices. Usually if we do something fun I will ask him if he had a fun and he will just say “Yes” or repeat words that I used saying “I had fun”. The other day I took him to a local children’s museum where he can play with a variety of toys and dress up in different kinds of costumes. When we left I asked him if he had fun and he said, “It was great!”.

Uno, Dos, Tres

My son has been able to count almost to 20 for a while now. One day while I was playing with him, out of the blue he said “Uno, dos, tres”. I tried to ask him where he learned that from, but he didn’t quite understand what I was asking him. Since then I have worked with him on counting up to 10 in Spanish. He can almost count to six in Spanish by himself. Maybe I can teach him enough Spanish that one day he will be bilingual.

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