Pre-potty training

Posted on Feb 5 2013 - 12:52am by Markell

Potty training seems like such a scary thing to me. For one, it means that my baby is growing up. As much as I hate changing diapers, I don’t want him to grow up too fast. I love having babies at home and I am so lucky to have two of them. However, two in diapers is not fun. He is only 21 months right now. I know some people have been able to potty train their children that young, but he is not ready yet. However, I am doing a few things that I think will help him to be ready quicker. And for the record, I had a hard time writing this post. There should be a limit to the amount of times I can use the word poop in a post… Anyway, some of the things I am doing are:

Making going to the bathroom an acceptable thing

I know a lot of kids that get embarrassed when they go potty in their diapers, especially number two. I don’t know this for sure, but it seems like it would be harder to potty train a child who things they need to hide whenever they go poop. So, I talk to him about it. I say things like “oh you’re going poop, huh? That’s okay, mommy and daddy go poop too.” 

Teaching him potty words

I am trying hard to connect the words poop and pee with the actions. Poop is pretty easy. It’s not hard to tell when your child is filling his/her diaper. Like I said before, every time I see him pooping, I say something so that he will start connecting the action to the word. Then later on, when I sit him on a toilet and tell him to go poop, he will know what I’m talking about. I also have an advantage because he sees me changing his sister’s diaper. I will say things like “sissy went wet in her diaper,” or “sissy has poop, see?” I know it sounds gross, but I think it will help him learn the word. You can’t expect a child to learn the word apple without ever showing him one, right? I figure that until he can say the words “poop” and “pee” or some variation, we won’t have much luck potty training. 

Getting him used to the equipment

Potty equipment that is. I bought a potty chair for him quite awhile ago. Before he gets in the bath, and occasionally when I change his diaper, I let him sit on the chair. A couple times he has even gone potty in it. I praise him for doing a good job, even though it was a coincidence. I think it will help him get the idea faster. He also likes to sit on it now when he is going poop, but with a diaper on. I also have been getting him used to big boy underwear. Once in awhile, he tries them on. He thinks its funny, and he hangs out in the for a few minutes, then we put a diaper back on. 

Those are the things I am doing right now to get him ready for potty training. I know that it might be a little while before we enter into the active potty training stage, but I am doing what I can to make that stage go as smooth as possible. What things did/do you guys do to help your kids with this?

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