Sunday, August 31, 2008

Potty Training!!

Let me just start out saying that I am/was in no way in a hurry to potty train Chase. I think it is a bad a idea to force potty training on a toddler. Rather I think that you should talk about the whole process with the child, and let them show an interest before you actual start trying. That being said Chase has been interested in the potty for a couple of months. I have been thinking that I need to take advantage of his interest and not miss this window of opportunity.
On Friday, Chase told me as we were getting ready for his bath that he needed to go potty. I was kind of skeptical because he has told me in the past, and he would get stage fright when he got on the potty. He ran over and got his potty seat out of the cabinet, and put it on the toilet. He got up there and he was able to go (and go and go and go). We were so excited! We cheered and sang songs! It was a big deal for him.

Last night he told us that he needed to go potty, so we put him up there. Sure enough. He went again. This time he got some candy as a reward. Abe picked up a bag of candy corn (that is what his mom gave the kids when they were potty training). That is when we decided that we needed to get a potty chair. We went to Target and picked up the potty chair and some Pull-ups.

We came home and put the potty chair in the bathroom. He wanted to try it. He went pee-pee again. It is so exciting. He has used it twice this morning already. We tried a Pull-up for the first time this morning. He kept it dry. We will see where this takes us. Not sure if it will last, but it is fun trying :)

Here are some pictures from a couple months ago and one from this morning on the potty chair.


Stef said...

Very exciting! And he's earlier for a boy, but every child is so different. Good for you for going for it when he showed interest! Ethan showed major interest at 18 months and I ignored it, thinking it was just a fluke. :(

In my humble opinion, the best thing to do for the kids is, once you start don't look back. Make him believe this is it from here on out and its less confusing and turns into less of a power play down the line.

Good luck!

The Abe Green Family said...

Thanks for the encouragment! I think we are going to "go for it" without being neurotic. If you know what I mean.

I think he might be trying to keep up with Rachel! He can't let a girl get ahead :)

Stef said...

haha! good for him. :)
You'll be glad to have this out of the way too and without a fight. I did the same thing with Ethan (didn't push it at any certain age) but for us, that meant he was 3 when he was finally trained. :(

Sarah said...

Way to go Chase! Wills has gone on the "big potty" several times and several other places but he isn't ready for potty training. We also have that potty chair from target. Hope your potty training goes better then ours :)