Check back often and scroll down to the bottom of the post to see how we do and for the latest updates! What do you think? Will we have no children in diapers for the first time in 13 1/2 years?
Our baby is 21 months old and is showing definite signs of being ready to potty train, so we’re going to see how it goes today.
Although I’ve successfully potty trained 8 children, I do not consider myself an expert at this and always feel lost. So please feel free to give me advice if you have some to share.
If you have questions about specifics, readiness, or how we do it, etc. please feel free to ask in the comments. Since, I’m tied to the kitchen (where we’re potty training) I’m going to be updating live as the day goes on, so you can get a glimpse into what it’s really like at our house when it’s time to potty train.
9:00 Fixed koolaid (only used to dye playsilks, yarn and help with potty training)
9:15 Took baby’s pants off and let him sit on the potty. (A baby potty set up in the kitchen because there’s no carpet or furniture, room for him to play and plenty of things for me to do.)
9:18 Let baby watch big brother (3) use the baby potty. Sang the potty song and gave big brother a treat.
9:20 Start giving baby KoolAid.
Baby continues to play in the kitchen without pants and sit on the potty occassionally.
10:04 Baby wets on the floor. I pick him up and quickly move him to the potty and say, “yeah, that’s pee pee, put it in the potty. Good boy!”
Continue to push KoolAid while I work on my Bible reading on the kitchen floor. Big brother (3) wants to use the baby potty again and get a treat. Um, no.
10:16 Baby sits on the potty again.
10:17 Just after getting off the potty baby goes on the floor again, repeat 10:04 process.
10:23 Baby wants to stand on the small rug in front of the sink. Remove rug from the kitchen.
Bring out peanuts to snack on so baby will be thirsty and drink more KoolAid.
10:28 Baby spills Kool Aid all over the baby potty. Big brother (3) cleans up and then spills Kool Aid all over the kitchen floor.
10:32 First SUCCESS! Baby sits on potty and uses it. Call all the kids up and we sing the potty song and do the potty dance and give baby a treat. (A piece of candy left over from decorating graham cracker houses.)
10:38 Second SUCCESS! Baby runs to potty and ditto 10:32!
10:40 Baby goes on the kitchen floor. I say, “Uh oh, pee pee goes in the potty. This is a no no.” Sit him on the potty and say, “Good boy!” I clean floor and switch out the laundry.
10:46 Baby goes on the kitchen floor again. Repeat instructions from 10:40.
11:17 Baby pees on the potty. No not while sitting on it, while playing beside it. This time I say, “No, no baby, please make pee pee on the potty”, while placing him on it.
11:28 Big brother says, “Please can baby stand up and go potty?” “Um, not yet.” I’m going to make lunch now.
11:35 Baby says, “Potty.” runs over and sits down. A few minutes later we have another SUCCESS. This is the first time that some of the urine makes it into the potty. We sing and dance and give him a treat and he wants to sit on the potty again.
11:44 Baby climbs into the potty and tips the whole thing over, comfort baby and am happy that the potty was empty. Next baby proceeds to drop a peanut into the potty, pull it out and eat it before I can stop him.
11:57 Another SUCCESS! As part of our success festivities we let the baby empty the baby potty into the big one and flush, a huge perk.
12:14 Baby begins to go on the floor and stops himself. Doesn’t go in potty… waiting.
The big kids are eating lunch and playing downstairs in the huge tent that they’ve made.
12:47 SUCCESS, but the boy is camping out on that potty.
1:01 SUCCESS. Baby said, “potty”, ran over sat down and did. I feel like we’re making progress.
1:20 Whew! Time for a break. Read 3 little ones a story, prayed with them and tucked them in for a nap. 🙂
3:01 Woke up from nap with a wet diaper and a VERY cranky attitude. Asked to sit on the potty, but then began to cry.
3:27 Still very fussy, considering being done for the day and starting again in the morning.
Ended up putting a diaper on baby and letting him take a break. Will repeat again tomorrow, hopefully with more success and less wet floors.
UPDATE DAY 2: My mommy instinct is telling me that even though he did well yesterday, he’s just not ready to take the plunge. He got up at 7:30 last night and asked to sit on the potty. I could tell he had just wet his diaper.
This morning he’s not so big on sitting on the potty, he’s pretty fussy and I just don’t think he’s ready.
We will put him back in diapers and try again in a week or so if he gives us more signs.
Something unclear? Am I doing it all wrong? Please feel free to leave me any questions or advice!
UPDATE May 19: Nicholas is completely trained. Here is the rest of the potty training story.