I thought the days of a giant diaper bag were gone. But, I was wrong. We’ve been working on potty training a little. It just kind of happened. AJ is still young; not even 2. But, he seems to be doing pretty well. He is pretty predictable about pooping after lunch. So one day I asked if he wanted to go on the potty and I offered to read him a book. He said yes, and it all just grew from there. He did great right from the start. No poopy diapers for 9 days. And then we went away for the weekend. We had been using a Mother’s Helper seat that goes onto the big toilet at home. I asked my in laws (where we were heading) if they had a small toilet top potty seat and sure enough they did. So, I let ours at home. Big mistake.
First, AJ didn’t like the seat they had. I don’t blame him, it was hard and had a small opening. It did seem uncomfortable. So, he started holding his poop. Normally he would poop 3 times a day and he didn’t go all day long. Then, we went to a different house and he decided he had to pee. We had no small potty seat, so I tried to just hold him on the big potty. Pee went everywhere. I told him it was ok, but I think it freaked him out. I felt bad that he was holding his poop, so we went and bought the same potty seat that we had at home. I took him into the bathroom at the store and it wouldn’t fit on the elongated shape of the public toilet! We tried several other public toilets and had the same problem. Poor kid got so traumatized that he gave up on potty training for a few days. Soon after we got home, he pooped in his diaper and wanted nothing to do with the potty for several days after.
It appears that we are back on track now though. We got a potty that fits on public toilets (a Prince Lionheart weePOD Basix), he successfully went in a public bathroom, and we have only had one poopy diaper in 3 weeks. Peeing on the potty is a whole other story. He often runs around naked on the bottom half, or he wears big boy underpants. Both of those tactics seem to help. I just wish I could get him to go when I ask. Or not even go, but at least try to go. It never fails that he waits until the last second to tell me he has to pee and then we don’t always make it in time. I’m thinking about making a sticker chart. What do you think? What has caused success in potty training in your house? I don’t want to push him since he is still so young. But, it is clear that he can do it.