Tag Archive: potty learning


A new revalation has revealed itself on our potty learning journey.

J has been staying dry through the night for about 2 1/2 weeks.

J will tell me “potty mom” first thing in morning.

During the day he will tell me “potty mom” and I usually have about a minute to get him to the potty or disaster will occur. So, we happily take our toad potty everywhere we go. This ensures we dont have any “failures” or missed oppurtunites for potty success.

We are phasing out diapers; we our gleefully traveling to a very independent toddlerhood.

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Lately, J has been asking to go potty or bringing the potty to me and exclaiming “potty”!

He will also answer truthfully if you ask him if he needs to go potty.

He hasn’t had very many accidents.

Yesterday, after we came home from J having his surgery ( he had a cyst removed). I had him sit on the potty. He told me he was done with a big happy smile. Moments later he pooped his pants. He ran around happy as a clam.

I first discovered the wet pants…then the poopy shoes…then the big piece of poop on my tile floor…I shreiked “EWWWW!”…J had a belly laugh as I grumbled and made a disdainful face. He laughed so much tears welled up in his eyes.

Needless to say I had to put him in the bathtub because he was a poopy mess.

Rocking the Potty: Potty Animal

On Friday, we had lots of accidents.

J didnt want to sit on the potty long.

He’d get up prematurely; then pee on the floor moments later.

One incident I saw it coming, he looked at me with the “I have to pee” look. Seconds later its spraying out. Then he looked like a deer in headlights. I cleaned it up , changed his undies, and he continued to play. After having several accidents in a row. I put him in a diaper and told him we were going a potty break and he didnt sit on the potty for several hours. He played  without disruption and did much better after nap.

On Saturday, I brought the potty with us for the first time to church.

I left the potty in the van while we were in Sabbath School, but afterwards I went to the van to get snacks (which is in a big backpack on wheels). I had my hands full. I had my backpack, J’s backpack, and his froggy potty. I’m rushing to put stuff down in the Nursery. (oh! my Mom has J in the sanctuary) So, I rush into the sanctuary to get J (so I dont miss the Pee window). I forgot to put the potty down….put everything else in the nursery. But carried the potty in the sanctuary. (lol) My Aunt C remarked ” I need a little more couth!” “Everybody doesnt need to know he’s going potty!”

On Sabbath, we had a good potty day! We missed the windows for urine while at church but did fine when we arrived at home.

Yesterday (Monday), J BM’ed on the potty, and deposited lots of urine in the potty.

We are still only wearing diapers at naptime, some social events,bedtime and when we want uninterrupted playtime.

He enjoyed his hillclimbing today. Without constant questioning ” J do you need to go potty?”.

Today, was a new day…full of experimentation.

Today, J went to a public event with out a diaper, rode in his car seat with out a diaper….and managed to stay dry all day!

I put the potty in the bathroom, and he brought the potty out to me in the living room.

He sat on a “big” potty and BM’ed in it without hesitation…usually he is very weary of “big” potties.

I was weary to try this because yesterday we had several “mistakes”; I was getting shy of the idea of sans diaper.

But as always J amazes me!

We will have up & down days; but I wont let the down days get me discouraged! Im going to keep moving forward with a upbeat attitude!

Today J didn’t eat much or drink much.

He nursed a little here & there. Nibbled on honey crisp apples, pineapple chunks, and a few big spoonfuls of lentils & mashed potatoes.

He dribbled out less than a teaspoon of urine in the potty. But flooded his pants.

We had a total of 3 clothing changes today.

The irony of these accidents is they were directly moments after getting off the potty.

I didn’t make a big deal out of the incidents. I addressed them by saying ” Let’s  clean you up with a wipe & get a fresh pair of underwear and pants on!” I let him choose which pants he wanted to wear. Which he didn’t care because he wanted to be naked but it was too cold to oblige his wish.

Lately, I have been experimenting with J only wearing the diaper during naptime and bedtime.

He has had lots of successes for example this Morning and Afternoon he had 2 bm & 5 urines in the potty and three misses ( 1 was my fault because I took too long preparing snack, instead of putting him on the potty first).

Today after dinner Jettsiah went and sat on the potty without me asking or telling and peed in the potty.

My heart beams and beats with pride!

This morning we increased the sittings on the potty to 3 times an hour because we were going to be out all day.

I think he likes sitting on the potty….I wont break out the BIG BOY UNDERWEAR yet!

When i feel he’s closer to being fully trained ….we are going to have underwear shopping spree! There are so many cute prints for boys…. trucks, super heroes, animals, camo, plaid , etc…..

Today Jettsiah used the potty all day long. In the A.M. after he woke up , he put poopy in the potty. All throughout the day he peed in the potty. He had one poopy pull-up because he pood while nursing. We managed to only use 2 pull-ups all day!

My strategy so far is : putting Jett on the potty twice an hour for about 15 minutes. While he sits on the potty I read to him, blow bubbles, play with toys to help pass time and make it fun. I moved his potty out of our cramped bathroom into a more spacious part of the house. Sometimes he is allowed to watch Sesame Street in the playroom while sitting on the potty. This allows me to clean or prepare meals. He is also given a sippy cup full of cold water to keep him refreshed.

Jettsiah doesnt mind sitting on the potty; he really likes sitting on the potty while playing with steering wheel.