Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Potty Mouth

The past few weeks, Will has been increasingly aware of and interested in his ability to "toot." He proudly announces, "Will toot!" And gives a big grin.

Lately, though, he has been telling us that he has to toot before it comes out. Also, he has been telling us "toot" and grabbing his diaper before pooping, or even telling us that he has a "poo poo" diaper.

To be honest, potty training hadn't even crossed my mind at this point. I know boys usually are not as quick with the process as girls and I also know that some children will regress when a sibling arrives. I wasn't planning on even attempting to start with it until closer to, or even after, his second birthday.

However, the little bit of reading I have done into it says that if kids start with training cues (announcing and acting aware of bodily functions) or show an interest in learning, you should capitalize on it. Sunday night, he announced his intentions in the bathtub and we got him out to sit on our toilet, where he promptly followed through. M and I were shocked.

So yesterday, Will and I took a trip to Walmart and got him his own potty. We came home, set the potty up, and I asked him if he wanted to go potty. He nodded, so we put him on it, and to my shock, he actually went! I was so excited and proud of him, and he was just as proud. We both examined his "deposit" with great delight and called Daddy at work to tell him.

Now, I know this is just a tiny step on the very long road to potty trained status. But it's a good start!

10 comments:

Jen said...

I'm so jealous! So far the only way Jillian announces her intentions in the tub is by actually going in the tub which happens about once a week. She has a potty, but it is mostly a place for her to sit while we are using the facilities.

heather said...

Congrats! It took us awhile to potty train our daughter. She was 2 1/2 before being completely potty trained.

Michele said...

It's a great start!!! Congrats to Will!!

Red said...

That is exactly what happened with Champ - and now he is potting trained since before he turned 2.

I really think that listening and watching for their own cues is the key. If he is ready now, just do it. He may still regress when the baby is born, but it will only be temporary and he won't loose the skills to do it he has learnt, just the will for a short time.

HereWeGoAJen said...

Wow, good for him! And you!

Tracy said...

That is so awesome, Katie!!!

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Amy said...

I think it's a myth that girls train faster then boys. Aubrey still pees the bed and Gavin took to it within a week and never looked back......forget what you hear, all kids are different! YAY WILL!!

Danifred said...

Wooo hooo! That is awesome. Good for him, good for you :)

Sunny said...

What an AWESOME start!! Congratulations! We are one month from Bean's 2nd birthday, and we are JUST starting to get to the point of talking about the potty. Not looking forward to this process.