Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I Don't Need Help Wiping, But Thanks

Warning: A whole lot of poop and TMI talk ahead.

We started in on some various methods of potty training.

Hippie Potty Training:
You let your kids be a 'part' of the experience. So, every morning--without fail, no matter what they are doing--when I announce that "Mommy has to poop, who wants to come watch?" I can guarantee you that they will follow me to the toilet like I am the Pied Pooper. W2, especially, likes to crouch down like an umpire waiting for the pitch (so to speak).
We started this about a month ago.
They are both really into watching the action, but possibly even more interested in 'helping' with the toilet paper and flushing. I give them each tiny pieces of TP and they put them in the toilet bowl over and over (no full squares!).
One day Grunter thought he'd 'help' me and proceeded to take his TP and start patting my pubic hair. Oh thanks honey, but we're not going to go there.

Elimination Communication:
You watch your kid for signs that he/she has to poop/pee.
We were out at the beach a couple of weeks ago and let the kids roam 'free', so I guess this also falls under Naked Potty Training (sort of). Out on the deck, I noticed W2 starting to walk with clenched butt checks and knees together. Hmmmmm.
I asked him if he needed to go poop. No, he shakes his head.
I ask him if he wants to try to go poop on the potty. He looks at me quizzically and very interested. We go in, I prop him up and in no time, he poops! In a strange house and a strange toilet!
Last night before bath time, he indicated he wanted to go on the potty and I put him up there and he peed!
Then, Grunter wanted to try, so I put him on, but I didn't wait long enough and he peed on the floor afterwards. Oh well. Practice, practice.

So, here we are. I think we need to get some potty seats and start hanging out in them. What kind are best for boys and for small apartments? I'm going to need two.

Also, I want to do the potty training in 3 days. Anyone done this?
But, if I'm going to do this...and I don't know when I'm going to do this....then we have to move to toddler beds so they can get out and go to the bathroom, right??
Oh man. It's a whole lot to think about.


Marcia (123 blog) said...


And a rock star :)

I really need to write about the non-existent potty training!

Kimberly said...

I nannied for a family of twin boys who did the potty training in 3 days program - worked for one, not the other. And it was a ton of work - and I was only there for 9 hours of it! Good luck, whichever route you choose!

Lucy said...

This cracked me up! I mean, I basically love talking about poop anyway (after about two decades of poop-shame, my lovely fiance finally made me realize that talking about bodily functions is actually pretty great), but just picturing those little munchkins coaching you through your morning poo is adorable. Kids are so great.

Good luck with the potty training!

Pomegranate said...

i don’t know if she used that method, but my cousin potty trained both of her kids by cutting out all obligations and just having them naked in the house for 3 days. she says it worked really well, but it requires total vigilence for those 3 days.

K J and the kids said...

That is hilarious ! I can totally see crouching turder cheering you on !

shroomie said...

I love this post had me laughing at the various techniques and tricks we tried as well. I did the three-day method with my duo, let me know if you want me to send you the info. It was alright...I can't say they were fully trained at the end of it, but it was a good start. I personally liked the language the woman uses - more of a empowerment than making them sit on the potty every 15 minutes. We did a modified version, I was not about to go cold turkey overnight - the days were exhausting, I needed the nights to recharge myself. Especially with two - they will take things at their own pace. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

If it makes you feel better, N does all those things even without us encouraging her. Heh. We've had a lot of "we don't touch those places on other people" conversations lately.

She's obsessed (OBSESSED) with the potty, but has only actually gone on it once.

Inlocoparentis said...

Ok, I cannot get past the fact that your boys are ready for potty training, have any awareness of the potty or what you do with it. C is a million years away from potty training. He would sit in poop for days if we let him. Maybe by kindergarten . . .

libby @ ninesandquines said...

I don't have personal experience, but know when my niece's were potty training their sons, one was very successful and the other notsomuch. Successful niece had her kids walk around the house with NO clothes on their lower bodies when they were awake. Yes, she had to clean up some accidents but she said it was worth it. Also, she made sure at nap time and at night they wore pull-ups so she wasn't putting sheets in the washer and dryer every day.

NOT successful niece (literally took her over 10 months to potty train her THREE year old), in my opinion, just wasn't patient enough and didn't pay enough attention to cues...

I have heard a lot of parents say naked training worked the best...good luck!!!

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