Thursday, March 13, 2008


Yes, this is a post about Toddler Poop, just to let you know. As a lot of you know, I have taught Little Dude sign language, and he is quite verse with it. He has about 25 words that he can put together into two work "sentences" along with just the simple verbal request of some things.

Anyways, I decided to try out teaching him the sign to "Poop". So, every time he had a poopy diaper, I would do the sign, and change him. Well, as of a Tuesday he has been requesting for his poopy diapers to be changed! COOL. Esp for the ones that don't smell. (Yes, I have been blessed with a toddler whose diapers sometimes don't smell...crazy nice for me, kinda bad for diaper rash).

I suppose then, that he is showing signs of potty training readiness....but I am not sure if that is something I want to do before the new baby comes. I don't mind in the least having two babies in diapers, so really I only think about it as when potty training will be best for him. If he is hating the dirty diapers now, I don't want him to get used to them and not mind them again...can that happen? I dunno....this is beyond my pre-school experience!

At any case, I had been thinking of waiting until he was around two (which is this Sept), and giving him a little potty and potty seat for the big potty for Christmas from Santa, then really getting down to business with the potty training. What do you guys think? Anybody know? And with boys, is it better to start off sitting to pee or standing? I dunno that either...seems like switching would be confusing and make them regress a little, but again, I have no idea. I will definatly have to talk to The Grady's about it. And perhaps Steph over at Adventures in Babywearing.

Also, if anyone knows, what is best? Starting with a little potty or getting the potty seat for the big one? Or doing both at once? And are there kinds to avoid? I am going to do some review searching over at Pinks and Blues and Adventures in Babywearing to see if they have anything to say about it.

Have a great day!

1 comment:

Karen said...

Obviously, I have never toilet-trained a child, but I have watched a lot of shows about it, read a lot, and listened a lot, so here's my two cents.

I would wait until after the new baby comes to start. Lots of older children "stop" being toilet trained when the new baby comes because they are jealous of the baby's attention of the parents. Might as well wait becuase he's still pretty young! You don't want to have to teach him twice, unless you just enjoy that particular type of thing.

As far as the "little potty" thing... personally, that seems like more work than it's worth. You have to wash it out (disgusting, sometimes) everytime they use it, and then take it everywhere with you or resort to diapers when you are out of the house. If you get a seat for the regular toilet you can gradually get away from that as they get bigger, and get a step stool or something so that the child can learn to climb up him/herself. You can just flush the toilet then, not worrying about cleaning out the little potty.

I have also heard that it's easier to try to toilet-train just #1 first, and then work up to #2, still using diapers or pull-ups or something. The urges are supposed to be very different, as is the process of "doing" them. I guess every child is different, though.

As for the sitting down or standing up part- I am not a boy so I don't know much about that. But it seems like a small child would be too short to stand without a stool. And it might be confusing if he sees you sitting down all the time. I dont' know. Maybe just see which he seems to respond better to?

Good luck with this! Hope my advice helped a little bit (if not, oh well)