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It’s Time to Kick Off the Potty Party!

My daughter will be 2 in just a few days so off and on (mostly off) we’ve been working with her on potty training. I’m a mom who found the activity of feeding my babies pureed carrots to be a dull, dry bore and potty training is quickly becoming a close second.

At least there’s some action though. I’ve gotta keep a close eye on her for the signals that she’s getting ready to get down and dirty. When I see a sign I stop what I’m doing, yell, “Lily! Are you going poop?!” and frantically grab her to rush to the bathroom.

I’ve tried to explain the concept to her in a matter of ways, but what seems to work best for her is… well… demonstration.

“Okay! Mom’s going potty!” I give an exaggerated grunt to prove my point. She grunts and laughs. “Look what Mommy did!” I say, pointing to the toilet bowl. Then we flush.

To make it more entertaining for me, I’ve begun doing something I’m sure to regret as she gets a little older.

When I let her flush I tell her, “Say bye bye to the poop!”

“Bye poop!” she yells, waving excitedly to the toilet bowl.

A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do, right?

 

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9 thoughts on “It’s Time to Kick Off the Potty Party!

  1. cherishingthemoment

    Haha! That’s great! This one totally cracked me up. 🙂
    I’ll be honest. I wait until they’re almost 3 now. I started toilet training my oldest 2 before they turned two and it took a year! I decided to wait with my twins and it was a piece of cake. Thankfully, most kids train earlier without much trouble.

  2. cherishingthemoment

    I didn’t mean it as advice. More of a confession. I get dirty looks and snarky comments over my late trainers. Whatever! 🙂

    Some people hate changing diapers, and that can be a big motivation for training sooner than later, but it was kind of a mini time-out for me. I change a cute little bottom and then we play for a few minutes.

    It was good to find what works for us. And what works looks different in every home. In your home there is exaggerated grunting and waving to poop. Awesome! 🙂

  3. tonihammer

    Ya know, I like your perspective on changing diapers being a time-out of sorts. I miss my son nursing because that’s how I felt about those moments.

  4. Ariel Bernstein

    Great post! I might have to try the ‘bye poop!’ with my son too – hey, anything that works is good for me!

  5. Erica

    We didn’t potty learn until three. Emmy did it right at three. Steven was 3.75.

    You know it happened right before or right after a sibling came 😉 so Matthew will be in diapers forever.

  6. tonihammer

    Ya know, you’re not the first person who’s told me to wait until 3. I’m not in any rush. It’s just poop. Whatever.

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