January 30, 2005
Potty Training 101

Olivia is finally learning how to use the potty. Nearly a month ago, I purchased potties for our 2 bathrooms, mostly so she'd just get used to looking at them. We figured we would take it day by day.

This week Olivia has used her potty every night before taking a bath. Today I thought I would work the potty angle just a bit more. For once, one of our ideas worked exactly according to plan. We have succeeded in *both* areas of "potty magic."

As parents we have learned:

  • Your child may wish to be naked before using the potty. This can make those mid-morning breaks a little more involved, but at this point, you take what you can get.
  • Your child may often want to wear a pointy princess hat while using the potty (We would've taken a picture of the princess on her throne, but Scott thought it would scar her for life). It would appear that some clothing is not, in fact, optional.
  • Your child may want to have a magazine to look at.
  • It's a good idea to call the cats in for company and to act as a cheering section.
  • Cheer loudly at accomplishments.
  • You still have to wrestle your kid to the floor to wipe their butt.
  • Diapers are suddenly NOT called diapers, they are panties. It makes them feel more grown up.
  • Clean toilet paper can be doubled as a scarf when you sit on the toilet (hey, you get cold sitting there naked!)
  • Little kids like to watch their parents use the potty too. Well, the parent with the proper anatomy anyway. The opposite parent is usually greeted with looks along the lines of, "no, that's not right, you're supposed to sit down!"
  • It's just a potty, not a potty box. One has litter in it, one doesn't.

We have had a little girl who has remained dry all day due to the sucessful potty attempts. Go us!

Posted by scott at January 30, 2005 05:29 PM

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GO OLIVIA - now, poop in the middle of the living room. It'll make for funny stories later on in life!

Posted by: ron on January 30, 2005 05:30 PM

EEK! no way Ron!

At least O doesn't take pictures of hers :)

Posted by: ellen on January 30, 2005 05:34 PM

With proper training, the young padawan will...

Posted by: Ron on January 30, 2005 06:22 PM

Hoorah for Olivia and Mommy!

Posted by: Pat on January 30, 2005 06:38 PM

take pictures of O on the potty! who cares if they're embarassing! you and richie probably took embarassing photos of me when i was little!

Posted by: aunt nina on January 30, 2005 06:52 PM

Impressive! Congrats - getting out of diapers is fabulous freedom! Of course, we don't carry a diaper bag now, because of course we don't need one, so yesterday at a b-day party my son spilled juice all over himself and not a change of clothes to be found. *sigh*

Posted by: VHMPrincess on January 31, 2005 11:49 AM
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