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November 30, 2012

Potty Training

 What have I been doing this week while the rest of the blog world is making holiday gift guides?
That's right, I'm knee deep in potty training Wells.  We went cold turkey.  Boot Camp style.  Today is officially day 4.

We went with the Baby Bjorn potty chair because Wells told me she wanted to use her own little potty.  I like that it's super lightweight and portable and it's easy to clean.  I like that there aren't any bells or whistles or pretty pretty princesses that make her think it's a toy.  Because it's not a toy.  It's for getting yer bidness done.  I would have liked it more if they had sent one to me for free to review. 

While I wish I had some miraculous list of do's and don'ts for you my plan has been simple and I don't feel like we've been at it long enough to declare success.  But I like our method because it's working.  She's only had two accidents, and those both occurred on day one.

I had a few key components like a package of Dora panties Wells picked out herself and the Baby Bjorn Potty Chair already sitting out in our bathroom where she was used to seeing it.  She's not in MMO or MDO or any other type of pre-school situation where she's been actively aware that other little teeny people use the potty and not their pants when they need to go.  And while she had sat down pantsless a few times over the last several month she'd never actually tinkled in a potty before.  So when I say we went cold turkey, I mean it.  

 Monday morning we went to our little play group and I told her that her little friend Finlay was wearing big girl panties so she could use the potty and that her mommy was going to teach me how to help her go too.  She acted indifferent to this news.  Monday afternoon I mention this story to my mom in front of Wells where once again she ignores me and my tales of toddlers making tinkle in potties.  But later that night, Wells pooped in her diaper then immediately took it off and ran to her little potty to kiiiiiiinda soooortttaa finish the job and then proudly told me that she "making poop in the potty".  Pretty sure it was the peer pressure did her in.

So Tuesday when she woke up I took her jammies and her diaper off and told her we were going to use the potty now.  And she did.  And with only two exceptions, she has ever since.  No chocolate, no stickers, no reminding.  Number 1 and Number 2.  I'm feeling lucky.

On a side note, we don't have a bathroom on the first floor so I moved her potty downstairs.  It started off in our family room and the next day when my dad stopped by she moved it to a corner of the kitchen where it's been ever since.  "I need pri-acy mom."  Girl gets it.

So like I said, we're on day four and we haven't had an accident since day one.  I'm going to give it a full week before I share my tips and tricks of what worked for us.  
I'd love to hear all about your adventures in potty training.  I'm sure everyone has a funny story or some awful gory story that's scarred them for life!  Let's hear it!  And this can totally include your pets my loves.  I'm sure y'all skipped this post, but just in case you're still here I want to make it clear I don't descriminate against non-child toting readers.  And potty training puppies is worse.  Believe me.  It's worse.


  1. Ohhhhh! I feel for ya. I just went through this with my little girl and I should say that my husband and I have done this before with 4 MUCH older kids and none of them were this difficult. But hey, none of them could read either, so there are trade-offs.
    Early on in this stage she was wearing a pull-up on a long outing.She never really pooped unless she was at home, even in diapers so I felt safe, but poop she did. Of course I only had one dried out wipey and some kleenex with me and we were 45 minutes away from home. Lets just say she had an early bathtime that day and I learned that the less convenient it is the more likely it is that a toddler will poop. Ha!
    Glad things are "going" smoothly for y'all.

  2. I had to jump over to read this because we will be there soon. We've introduced the potty and Sheila sits on it but it's not a regular thing (yet). So kudos to you for going cold turkey - I'll be anxious to see how it goes for you. I actually bought this same potty as well but Sheila only wanted to sit on the big potty, which we don't have a bathroom on the main floor either so I might take the BB potty to the main floor when we start gung ho. Good luck and thanks for sharing!

  3. You are doing it right. Cold turkey is the only way. No pull ups no going back to diapers It will work stick with it!

  4. I'm not quite to potty training yet, actually I have no kids- so probably no where near it just yet! But, I did want to say that I have heard just going straight for it is the best way!! Good luck!! Happy Friday.


  5. That's pretty cool. My oldest daughter was that way, but my son?! Not so much! At all!!! He wanted nothing to do with the potty or the toilet or anything. I thought something was wrong with him or me or something.My doctor told me to keep trying, but don't push, let him go at his own pace. Finally one day we couldn't find him...and he was on the toilet pooping, lol. I did start using pull ups (which I never used with my daughter) and that helped a little. He turned 3 in August, but he still had a few accidents at night. I started making him wear a pull up only at night and it's pretty much hit or miss now. Sometimes he'll wake up dry, and sometimes he'll wake up at 3am saying he needs a bath cause he's soaking wet, lol.

  6. This is something I need to start soon, please share your tips! Like pretty please?! :)

  7. awww i have no advice ('cept for with puppies - count?) but i wish you tons of luck!!!!

  8. I have no advice since I'm still childless but I am potty training a puppy which is way easier bc you can just throw them outside until they do their business!
    I do want to say Good Luck though- it sounds like Wells is doing a great job so far!

  9. We are potty training this week as well. This is my son's first day in undies - that he had to pick out himself. He's been using a diaper as undies for the past two weeks but refused to change over until he was able to choose exactly what he wanted (he's a demanding little fellow). My older son was so much easier! Hope everything continues to go well for you!

  10. Great job Wells!! We went cold turkey when I potty trained Amelia too and it worked great. It was winter, so there were no distractions or fun activities outside. We just stayed home for a few days and spent a lot of time on the potty thinking 'maybe' she had to go. Which I was happy to do instead of cleaning up accidents. She had a few that first day, but afterwards it was smooth sailing. We had the born potty too which was great as she would drag it around the house. After about a week of success we would go out to stores etc which was a bit for her to get used to - those potties are obviously bigger than hers. But all in all it was much easier than I had thought it would be. Fingers crossed I have as much success with Eve!

  11. Ugh! I forgot about potty training. Luckily my first girl learned very early to poop in the potty. Peeing took a bit longer. I can't believe I'm starting all over. We used the Bjorne also:)

  12. Well we started off strong, but have been derailed by the "toy" looking potty. I'm going to go cold turkey with LIlli after the holidays. I can't be bothered with Christmas shopping and a possible poop! EWW! I will need an entire blog post on what to do come January. Can you make that happen? K, thanks! Lol!

  13. This is what I love about Mothers.....I mean we take for granted that we use a potty.....but somebody who loves us took the time to teach us !

  14. Written nicely on Kids Care and Potty Training


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