To Pee Or Not to Pee….

This weekend, we’ve dug out the Blue’s Clues potty-seat and introduce Pumpkin to the world of “How the Big Girls Go”. Now, she hasn’t actually gone potty while sitting on the nice padded seat, however, she’s quite amused, and very pleased to hang out there on the toilet a bit, get some toilet paper and then “wipe” and drop the tissue in. She knows how it goes – all that’s left is to actually… go.

That’s not to say that I’m one of those moms who does a militaristic potty-training regime. With The Princess, we introduced her to the little potty at about 18 months (Pumpkin is now 19 months), and while we never pressured her, it was just there (we kept the little potty in the living room – which, gross as it sounds, was quite effective — and once contruction is complete, we may do that again). She was able to sit around, become ONE with the potty… and she gradually got the hang of it.

That’s not to say that I would mind if Pumpkin decided next week that she wanted to go only in the potty and she never wanted to wear diapers again (I cannot wait to never have to buy diapers again – but I’m sure that’s at least a year away…). But really, no pressure. We’ll pick up a Dora potty seat for our downstairs bathroom, as she is a Dora nut, and we’ll let nature take its course.

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  1. That’s what I did with my Girl as well. It worked great for her. Boy was a different story, but I expected him to be tougher. Good luck!

  2. We also lived with a potty seat in our living room for quite sometime. Bee was trained at just over two years. Nothing special worked with the boys though, they just had to do it on their own time. Boys and girls are so different!!

  3. Farm Wife says

    My kids did it all themselves…with a potty in the living room. Currently there is a Winnie-the-Pooh potty chair parked at the end of my chouch in the hopes that B.B. will pick it up before Bitsy makes her Grand Entrance (but I’m not holding my breath).

  4. It sounds like Baby Bear and pumpkin are at similar stages. Except baby bear prefers the big potty… and the time I left the little potty in the living room, she dragged it back to the bathroom, like she knew it belonged there!

  5. The thing that worked best for us was when I got the kids out of those Pamper type “training” pants and put them in the little thin panties or briefs. They couldn’t seem to tell much difference in peeing in the training pants from the diapers. The potty in the living room is a must. They were all a little past two when they were trained…one was almost three.

    Cate the Patient (With four potty-training notches on my belt…I’ve looked for a medal, but for some strange reason, no one has come up with one)

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