Sunday, September 25, 2005

Adventures in Potty Training

Katie will be just 16 months on the 28th of Sept. so I wasn't really thinking about starting potty training yet until she started bringing me diapers to change her. This just started this last week, so I decided to try out the potty chair and see what happened. Nothing to lose right?

She didn't have any trouble sitting on the little potty chair I took out of storage from when Alex was potty training. However once we took off the shorts and diaper to actually try to use it for its intended purpose, she got all nervous. I didn't want to push so I just let her up as soon as she started whinging. Before I could put her diaper back on her she peed all over the linoleum. Ah well, at least it was easy to clean up and no harm done. I left the potty chair in the bathroom and thought maybe I'll try now and then and she can work up to getting used to it.

I had the idea this morning to try it first thing when we woke up since most people do use the bathroom first thing in the morning. It worked! She didn't seem nervous at all either - go figure. She just sat down and peed right away! Sean and I gave her lots of praise and clapped for her and showed her her pee and she looked so happy. She has gone twice more since this morning, but both times were at my suggestion. I'm pretty sure she isn't ready to tell me when she has to go yet. But hey, its progress, and I'll take it. :) I'm going to try to keep up with it and have her sit on the potty each time I change her as long as she doesn't protest. Maybe, just maybe, things will start to sink in and she'll start asking to go. At the very least I save a few diapers getting her to go in the chair a few times a day. Hopefully it'll make it an easier transition once she is old enough to read her bodies signals. I figure if using the potty is something she already does by then, that is one less thing to learn.

Anyway, I'm pleasantly surprised at her early progress. :)


bunnyhead said...

Wow! My girls were all three when using the potty finally clicked. I just popped by from the Mirabilia message boards :)

Erin said...

Jen, that's great progress! Especially so young. Even just saving the diapers is enough incentive for you to keep at it. Between Luke only being (almost, EEK) 1 and being male, I bet it will be a *long* time before we have even half as much progress to report! LOL

Autumn said...

Wow! I'm impressed. Maria has been bringing me her diaper and dancing around when she's ready to be changed. Maybe I should try it out on her!

Jenny said...

I'd go for it Autumn, maybe Lauren would catch on too if Maria took the lead? We almost did a number 2 on the potty today, but didn't quite make it to the potty in time.