Friday, June 13, 2014

Potty Training part 2

A few months back I wrote briefly about how potty training had been going and the fact that Hunter had been using the potty at school but for whatever reason refused to go at home. Well I'm happy to report that as of last week he has FINALLY started using the potty at home as well and is doing so well with it that I think he will be fully day trained within the next few weeks (fingers crossed)!

He had been doing really well at school, using the potty almost everytime he had to go but still wouldn't go at home and then one night right before bathtime, while I was in his room putting clothes away, he sat on the small potty and peed. He usually would sit on the potty while the tub filled with water but never actually did anything so when he yelled "mama, I did it" I didn't really believe him until I saw it for myself. We cheered, danced around and gave him some candy. Then two nights later he did the same thing but this time pooped. I couldn't believe it!

Since then we've been able to transition him from the little potty to going on the toilet (with an attachment on top so that he won't fall in), which is SO much better. Seriously, cleaning poop out of those small potties is pretty nasty. As I had suspected he just needed to go once and then it would be pretty smooth sailing from there, he just had to get over the big hurdle of going that first time and then realize it's not so scary and actually fun!

For now he's still wearing diapers or pull-ups but he hasn't pooped in his diaper in over a week and he usually pees in the toilet unless we are out somewhere and don't make a point of asking him if he needs to go. Even last weekend when we were out of town for my brothers wedding he had no trouble going in the hotel bathroom or having us take him during the reception. He's gotten pretty good about telling us he needs to go but we still have to ask him frequently. I've put him in underwear a few times for short periods of time and he's done with that and starting next week he's going to be solely in underwear during the day at school (and pull ups at naptime), per their request. Obviously we will have to pack several pairs of underwear and extra clothes each day.

I'm so proud of how quickly he's caught on now that he got over that first big hurdle. It's like something in his brain just clicked and I really think that waiting until HE was ready was the best way to do it. We didn't push him and tried to keep the whole process casual so as not to traumatize him or have him regress shortly after. We still have a ways to go before we are completely diaper free but I definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel now and hope by summer's end he will be totally day trained (and maybe night trained as well if we're lucky)!


Venassa said...

Congrats! I'm so jealous! Chloe just has no interest at all STILL. She pretends to try, but doesn't actually try.

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

congrats!! i was told by my day care provider when kayla started potty training that they need to get used to the sensation of having to go so it's important to set some times to go to the washroom so they can associate going with the feeling of needing to go. makes sense since before, they just went without thought in their diaper.

so we would always take her before we left the house, before we left where ever we were to go home, before bath and before a meal. if she went, she went; if she didn't, she didn't.

glad that he's getting the hang of it!

K said...

Congrats! That's awesome that he's doing so well! You must be so proud!

Shannon said...

What a big boy! I think it's so much easier to wait until they are ready and then it just clicks. Go Hunter!!!

princess apr said...

Way to go, Hunter! You hit the nail on the head. Kids only go when they decide to. Ours almost always used the big toilet because that's what we used. We worry about the boy because he's a boy, but he'll also have a lot of people to look up to, but he could have some issues after his surgery at potty training time. Either way, we should have at least a year or two before we have to worry about it!

Nat said...

Sounds like things are going really well with potty training. I've always heard boys have a harder time but it sounds like Hunter is doing great. No diapers will be amazing!