I’m still very new to this whole potty training deal. We’ve only been having naked, sit on the potty time for two days now. But I’m wondering if I’m going about this the wrong way?
Right now, Nolan is using a frog potty. He has a potty seat but doesn’t like to sit on the big toilet and use it. He’s scared of the big toilet, and frankly there isn’t much to do in our bathroom other than try and get into the toilet paper. He prefers to use the frog potty because it can go out in the living room and he can continue to play. Seriously, yesterday I watched him build a tower out of mega blocks while he sat on his potty!
I’ve heard conflicting reports from other moms about using a potty instead of the potty seat on the toilet. Mainly, I hear you have to re-train them to use the toilet/potty seat. Personally, I don’t think Nolan would be confused by it, and I don’t think I’d have to retrain him. He knows that mommy and daddy use the big potty. He sometimes sits on it but never for very long because he doesn’t like being that high up. I seem to have better luck with the frog potty, he’ll sit on it for the entire half hour. He knows how to get on and off it by himself.
My instinct is telling me to keep doing what we’re doing. Nolan enjoys going over to his potty and sitting on it, he loves peeing in the potty. Sure, we still have tons of accidents but he’s still learning the concept so I’m not too worried. Tonight, he even pooped in the potty! Of course, he was super upset about it because he still thinks it’s bad to poop outside his diaper. Poor kid haha. We cheered him on for pooping in the potty and gave him treats and kisses and hugs. Hopefully he won’t be so upset next time 😛
But I am second guessing myself – because isn’t that what we, as moms, do often? Or I do anyway. I’m second guessing if he’s ready. Yeah, he tells us when he pees and when he poops, he asks for his “froggy potty” whenever it’s not in the same room as us. My instinct is telling me he’s ready for this first step, but hey…instincts aren’t always right, are they?
I’m also wondering how often/long you’re supposed to “train” them. Right now, we do about half an hour of naked potty time. He sits on the potty, pees twice and today even pooped (yesterday, you’ll recall he pooped on my carpet). I’m wondering if I should be keeping the diaper off him all day when he’s awake and letting him use the potty all day long? Or do you slowly wean into the whole potty training deal?
If you have any potty training tips, feel free to share them! I want to make this process quick if I can. It’d be nice to have Nolan potty trained by October. (*Not saying I’m going to push him if he isn’t ready, he SEEMS ready, hells he’s already gone in his potty several times!).