Wednesday, August 28, 2013

So, potty training.

Well, we're halfway there, friends.

You may have seen me mention back in May that Little Man was getting close to potty training.  And then in very early July, that he was daytime potty trained.  We're still not nap or nighttime trained just yet, but I wanted to chat a little bit on how we got this far.

how to potty train a two year old boy

For starters, Little Man is just now barely 2.5 years old.  When I began thinking about potty training him in May he was only two years and three months old and in the beginning of July when we did potty train for daytime, he was two years and five months old.

In between that time, we did try and fail at potty training one time.  He wasn't ready, I wasn't ready, and it was a disaster.  We did attempt to potty train for a full day, but during that day there were accidents everywhere {of #1, he's never had a #2 accident}.  Like, making it rain folks.  Yikes.  Not only were there accidents everywhere, but Little Man couldn't tell me when he needed to go and couldn't stop when he started to go.  It was basically an effort in futility of me training myself as to when to put him on the potty and then just sitting there and waiting forever for success.

But that isn't success, right?

To actually be potty trained, he needed to realize when he had to go, be able to hold off until we reached the potty, and then be able to go once we got there.  Because none of those steps were there, we stopped trying and gave it up for a month or two.

how to potty train a two year old boy

When it hit late June/early July, we tried it again.  Little Man was doing much better at holding it and could now tell me when he had to go.  And - to be honest - I didn't even have to offer for him to go, he would tell me every time.

This time, it took only one day of accidents in which he didn't quite make it to the potty or I went upstairs to put Little Lady to bed at an apparently inopportune time.  By day two, Little Man was telling me every time he needed to go, being able to hold it until then, and was having no accidents.

{He's had a few random accidents for DH or our babysitter since then in out-of-the-ordinary situations, but other than that, Little Man has been doing awesome.}

Basically, instead of using some program I read about on the internet or in a book, we just waited for him to be ready and then we went from there.

how to potty train a two year old boy
Because how freaking cute are big kid undies???
He still is not nap or nighttime potty trained, but we've tried it a few times and are for sure not ready.  We'll obviously address it at some point down the line, but for now we're just super thankful that we have one almost out of diapers.

When did your children potty train?  Are you going through the process now?  Do you have any advice?

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  1. Isn't having only one kid ins diapers SO NICE?

    1. Yes! Well... until we're out somewhere and he will only use a bathroom that is SUPER clean.

  2. We are going through the process right now. DS turned 2 in April and we tried a couple weeks ago with your same experience of him not being able to hold it or know when he had to go until it was happening. We are still encouraging him to use it after naptime until bedtime (we were doing this prior to a couple of weeks ago) and he is getting a lot better about knowing when he needs to go and getting to the potty. But he has to be naked the whole time in order to do so. We are still working on it and may try again in a couple of months or just see when he wants to go full force. Right now he still wants to wear diapers most of the day.

  3. I tried potty training my son when he was 2 but he wasn't ready. He peed in the potty one time and then refused to ever sit on it again. So we waited about 5 or 6 months when I noticed signs that he was ready. We got some underwear with super heroes that he really liked, and I explained to him that he would have try really hard not to get his cool new underwear dirty.
    We had one day with I think 3 accidents; and that was about it. Like you when had some accidents when there was a new situation or something like; but he ended up doing really good!
    He is now 4.5 and we are now out of diapers at night. About a month ago I noticed he waking up dry a lot so I started encouraging him not to drink right before bed. That seemed to do the trick. Its been weeks without an accident at night!

  4. We're winding down on the potty training with my soon-to-be three year old. It's been a slow process, but I've been pretty relaxed about my methods. I love that built in potty seat!

  5. Ours was a lot like your first attempt, so we too shut it down pretty quick. But we've kept the potty out and it just seems like a light bulb went off in my son's head. My 2.5 yr old will now happily sit and oftentimes go. And if he doesn't, I don't push him. I truly believe that THEY need to be ready, and no 1 day or 3 day misery bootcamp is going to work if they aren't! So we'll keep taking it one step at a time and see where we end up :)

  6. Braden trained at 2 years 3 months, then 2 months later he trained himself for naps and another couple of months after that he trained himself through the night. I am of the mindset that YOU train them, but I know that's not for everyone. I'm not a "wait and see" kind of mom. I sleep train, I potty train early, it's my jive. To each their own, you gotta do what works for you. I needed Braden out of diapers before Ethan was born and I got a nice 6 month break!


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