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Potty Progress Report

Cee has been experimenting with using the potty for months now. 6 months, actually. I wrote about it here, where I expressed some ambivalence about the process and pledged that I would be an easy-going, no-pressure mama about the whole thing. Although all of this is still true, I think, I’m here today to confess that I did have a secret hope that we had a potty prodigy on our hands. Based on her early interest and success, I figured that she’d potty train herself by her second birthday. Silly me.

Instead, Cee’s interest in the potty seems to have plateaued to using the potty just once or twice per week. She’s still very interested in what goes on when I’m on the potty, but she herself prefers to go in a diaper. Rather than use the potty, Cee has been reading up on the process. One of her favorite texts these days is “Potty” by Leslie Patricelli.

We have a few books by this author and love them all.

This is Cee’s favorite part of the “Potty” book:

To which she always responds, joyfully: “YES!

Then she giggles at her own joke. OK, we giggle sometimes, too. I have a feeling that my almost-two-year-old has caught on to the fact that we like it when she goes potty, and at this stage of her life, she sometimes goes out of her way to do the opposite of what we want. And I’m realizing that we could be at this stage of potty learning for a while.

Meanwhile, Cee’s caregiver informed me this morning that Cee pees in the potty several times per day at her house. Curious, isn’t it?

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  1. We did a “potty jar” of M&Ms. The treat was enough to make it worth it for our K to go on the potty. He got 1 for pee, two for poop, and three if he was dry waking up from bed/naptime. Good luck!


    October 17, 2012
    • I have heard this working for other families as well!


      October 17, 2012
  2. Don’t feel bad. I am willing to guess that everyone hopes their child will be a potty prodigee. I know I did.


    October 17, 2012
  3. Lori #

    Your Cee is so precious in her sly little jokes :) love it. The best advice I ever heard was to encourage, but that each kid will just one decide they are ready. For O, it was the day that he could poop on a big potty with no one in the room. Once we got the appropriate fold down toilet seat, it was a poo fest in our house. And the next day he was entirely done with diapers. This of course happened right when we got home from our visit to you and the (only moderately successful) underwear experiment week!!


    October 17, 2012
  4. I had this EXACT internal dialogue a few months before my second daughter was born…I was really hoping to only have 1 in diapers! ;) Instead, my 2 year lost ALL interest when the baby came & she even had a few “attention grabbing” accidents while I was nursing. We just started a potty chart this week with little spaces to add stickers & when she gets a certain number she gets icecream! Unfortunately she came down with a cold this week & has showed little to no interest in either incentive (although she will tell anyone who listens “I get stickers if I pee!” …even if its in her pull up!)… oh well! One of our favorite potty books is Big Girls Go Potty


    October 18, 2012
  5. maggie #

    My daughter was far better at daycare than at home for months and months. It turned out that she liked the one on one attention from Mommy or Daddy that came from the diaper change. My husband kept saying “Don’t worry. I guarantee she will be out of diapers by the time she is 18.”


    November 6, 2012

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