Previous Post Next Post

Toddler

Brought to you by

Potty Training Progress!

By EmilyBMalone |

Swim diaper and training pant?

Swim diaper and training pant?

I’ve written here before about how we’re starting to think about potty training more and more. Heck, I’m even putting cloth diapers on stuffed animals to get into the spirit and try to make it fun. But up until now Cullen hasn’t shown any real interest other than talking a lot about diapers and using his new big boy potty as a toy.

I’ve tried to add the words “pee” and “poop” into his vocabulary in order to have these be body processes he understands and can distinguish between. And while he has retained them and says them often, they haven’t seemed to really hold much meaning for him yet. For example, if I ask him if he’s done a poop he says no every time (I am guessing because he knows a “yes” would result in a diaper change–his least favorite activity).

This week we’re on vacation, and so we’re out of our regular routine and schedule. We’re also out of our regular (cloth) diapers. During play time he’s in a disposable diaper, and during beach and pool time, he’s rocking swim diapers.  Yesterday we were getting ready to go to the pool and he suddenly shouted, “Mommy, PEE!” which surprised me. I looked over to see that he was, in fact, peeing straight through his swim diaper (only meant to hold poop – not liquids) and bathing suit. I praised him for peeing and letting me know, and sort of shook my head in shock that he had more awareness than I thought. This happened two more times over the course of the day, both times resulting in a wet bathing suit and a very proud set of parents.

Of course this is still a big leap away from letting me know he needs to go before the act of going, as well as being able to hold and control that urge, but it’s still a step in the right direction. I feel really encouraged. I’m wondering if a weekend spent wearing underwear instead of diapers wouldn’t yield the same (slightly messy) result. This might be something we think about doing in the next month or two. I’m excited that he’s starting to understand and make connections to his body!

Here’s hoping we continue to move in the right direction, and I have him out of diapers not too long before or after my next one is ready to put them on!

Photo:  Applecheeks Swim Diaper 

More on Babble

About EmilyBMalone

emilybmalone

EmilyBMalone

Emily Malone shares her adventures in cooking and parenting on her personal blog, Daily Garnish. Read bio and latest posts → Read Emily's latest posts →

« Go back to Toddler

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Comments, together with personal information accompanying them, may be used on Babble.com and other Babble media platforms. Learn More.

One thought on “Potty Training Progress!

  1. Mom of 2 says:

    What a great article! I also was surprised when my second daughter told me she was peeing one day, to find immediately after her statement that her diaper was full. One thing that I did differently with my second than my first was to potty train night and day at the same time. I found the Conni bed pad protected her bed at night and made changing her bed during the middle of the night a non-event, reducing my stress levels and getting everyone back to sleep really quickly. Best of luck when you start potty training, and remember that you don’t see adults running around wearing diapers. Everyone is potty trained in the end :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *.

Previous Post Next Post