It’s Potty Time!

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There are signs. There are always signs. When my son was a baby, he would nod his head in the direction of my boobage with his mouth wide open to signal to me that he was hungry. When he started to eat food, he gave signals. His little mouth would water with anticipation of the food that was coming his way. He was ready to eat. When he started standing up in his bed and we saw how easy it would be for him to fall out – that was a sign to lower his mattress. He was no longer a newborn.

Yes, there are always signs. As we approach his second birthday I am seeing yet another sign. Many of them. He tugs at his diaper a bit at times. Other times he blurts out the word “boo boo”. That outburst is later followed by a stench. This kid knows what he’s doing. I am getting the tell tale signs that my child might be ready to use the potty. Part of me is happy. He’s moving on to another stage. He’s becoming a big boy. I’m sad for the very same reasons. I’m scared because I don’t know how the heck to pull this off. We’ve been “ready” to potty train him since he was about 18 months. We bought a potty almost 6 months ago. His school doesn’t start kids until their two so we felt like we’d be working backwards to do it before then. So we’ve waited.

He’ll be two next month and I’m thinking it’s time to pull the potty out of the box and introduce little man to his new buddy. I have read a few things about how to go about this. I even have a potty DVD and a potty book to help in the process. Will they really help? I don’t know. I’m willing to try just about anything to make sure we do this right. He recently made it very clear to me that he was ready. I said to him “your diaper seems a bit full, what’s in your diaper?” Without missing a beat he looked at me and said “boo boo”. I think that’s enough confirmation for me to sit little man down on the potty! I’m more than open to suggestions for making this a smooth transition. Give me everything you’ve got!

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10 Responses to It’s Potty Time!
  1. kita
    October 19, 2011 | 8:03 am

    I got nothing lol. Every child is different my son took longer because I had to train him to stand and sit. I started him at 2 it took me 6 months to fully train him and when I say fully I mean going through the night in underwear. My daughter was a little faster she was ready earlier and we are still in the process she is not as good with night time (which is my fault I am too tired to get up) but we are working towards it. Good luck

  2. Anna
    October 19, 2011 | 10:02 am

    I will have my baby in 3 months and I don’t know what to do after it is borned. And now I read a lot of stuff but I horribly think that I am going to fail:(

  3. Optimistic Mom
    October 19, 2011 | 10:44 am

    It takes a lot of dedication as a parent. We had our son wear underwear and would take him to the potty like every 15-30mins when we started. Luckily for me he was in daycare so the teachers did the work during the day. 🙂 I love them.
    Offer lots of encouragement and cheer!! My son loved the idea of wearing underwear, so that made the effort worth it for him.
    We started at 2.5yrs, I did a test run earlier but it was too soon.
    Good luck mama!!!

  4. Amy T.
    October 19, 2011 | 6:21 pm

    Good luck. It sounds like he is ready and if you can manage to stay positive through it all, he’ll do fine. My little guy is 20 mos and beginning to potty train (at his own insistence). He’s now wavering because he’s not sure how he feels about going poop in the potty. I say, he’s young, and whatever he wants to do is fine with me. 🙂

  5. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    October 19, 2011 | 8:02 pm

    Oh, good luck! I wish I had great advice, but I’ve had some potty training bumps along the way.

  6. Alicia @MommyDelicious
    October 19, 2011 | 9:14 pm

    Oh yay! This is both an exciting and trying time. It’s exciting because little guy is “growing up” and ready to use the potty; it’s trying because you will need lots and lots of patience. Sigh.

  7. Jessica
    October 19, 2011 | 9:29 pm

    Good luck! I’ve been working on potty training my toddler for the last 4 months. It’s been a slow process.

  8. Arnebya
    October 20, 2011 | 1:45 pm

    My son just turned two last month. He’s been showing signs since early August, though. He’s still at the point where he’ll tell us, but it’s still too close to when it’s happening. If we sit him on the toilet first thing in the morning, he’ll go. At daycare they go every 30 minutes (so like Optimistic Mom above, they’re doing the hard work during the day). On weekends, though, it’s up to us to keep it up, and well, no. We’re slackers. So it comes and goes and we just have to buckle down and stick to it. It was SO much easier w/the girls. But I figure he’s only 2. We’ve got time (but I’m telling you now, Daddy plays that Potty Time song of Elmo’s dad singing one more time — it’s on).

  9. Angela
    October 20, 2011 | 2:45 pm

    That’s so adorable. “Boo, Boo”. He knows exactly what to say.

    And the first part, as you were running down all the stuff that meant it was time to change (his mattress, his moving to a bottle, etc.) –it just reminded me of all the changes my lil one is going through. Ahh…memories!

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    January 22, 2012 | 8:31 pm

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