January 26, 2011

Mutual Benefit

The time has come.  I can't take it any more.  I am potty training my kids.

Yes, I know they're only 16 months old.  Yes, I know that it's going to be a gigantic pain.

That said, my back is killing me.  There is no comfortable way to coerce a squirming 25lb bundle that seems to be made entirely of legs into a clean diaper.

THE POTTY BOOT CAMP: Basic Training For ToddlersI've got the potties.  I've ordered a few books on potty training (the one pictured seemed promising).  I believe it can be done.  My personal Mary Poppins believes it can be done.  M is... skeptical, but supportive.
Perhaps potty training will come more easily if I wait for another year or so.  But I just can't do it.  I am getting these children out of their diapers.

If you have any suggestions for methods, books, or favorite toilet related words of wisdom, please share!  I can't tell you I'm not a bit terrified.

Because I get the feeling that this might be pretty hard.


  1. If they are showing any interest, it will probably go OK. I missed early signs with M, and as a result, we are _still_ working on potty use (overnight diapers, for one, and the occasional daytime diaper, plus LOTS of laundry).

    I managed to find some decent cloth trainers - there may be some of them in the stuff I sent you. If the girls can get their own diapers off, simply pulling the liners from the cloth diapers might work for trainers :)

  2. I have a DVD called 'The Potty Whisper' and started my baby out on that. It certainly makes her pee in the potty but she's too young to go to the potty herself.

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  3. I didn't bother starting until my girls were dry overnight. As you know, S had complicating issues, but was ready at 19 months. R was three. M insisted on using the potty when R did, even though at 16 months she really wasn't ready. In my mother's day, starting at 1, she received a suppository and was sat on the potty directly after every meal. She blames this method for her IBS, but it worked. I, personally, believe two things: 1) Patience is a virtue, and 2) go with your gut. By the way, neither of those things worked for me!



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