At our 18 month well-baby visit, our fabulous pediatrician, Dr. M, asked us if we had thought about potty training the Binkster yet. I had to laugh, because 3 months ago I was just worried about him getting adequate calories in every day and overcoming the ol’ Failure to Thrive diagnosis. She agreed that his eating habits were more important and to not worry about potty training.
I haven’t given it much thought, after all we have sold a house, moved and are building a house in the past few months while hugely pregnant. As we wait for the new house to be finished (probably within a week of Baby Girl’s birth) the last thing I wanted to deal with was a toddler and his potty.
Turns out, Binkster seems to be ready. When he has to pee he grabs his diaper and looks at me, if I ask if he is going potty he runs to the potty and taps on it. I then strip him down frantically and put his naked butt up in hopes of a drop of something. No luck so far but at least he is thinking about it.
We’ve been doing this routine for the past week, so today I decided it was time to get him a potty of his own so I don’t have to hang him over the regular size toilet. Of course, we own a Baby Bjorn potty but our life is packed into a POD and an inaccessible storage unit so it is time to double up. Our new house is 2 stories so I think having a training potty on both floors will be necessary.
We made a trip to Babies R’ Us on the way home from visiting his Gram and Papa and strolled over to the potty training aisle. Binkster’s latest love (like all almost 2 year olds) is Elmo so this toilet called his name. Not really, Binkster called out “ELMO!” as soon as we passed it.
We are now the proud owners of an Elmo toilet, which Binkster insists on carrying around the house. He likes to sit on it fully clothed at this point, which I’m cool with because I don’t know if my pregnant gaggy self could handle cleaning out toddler turds. I plan on taking this potty deal slowly, especially since we have enough stress in our life right now!
Do you have any potty training tips for a Mama who wants to take it slow?