Now, we’re big on following Kamea’s lead for many things and so I didn’t want to force the issue too much. I didn’t want to stress her out. I figured that by starting young with it, we’d gradually do more and more and it’d seem like a nice transition instead of one day just starting potty training and it being too much to handle. I did the same for toothbrushing and it was a smart process that worked. (Speaking of oral hygiene, I just ordered this book Successful Self-Dentistry by Living Libations peeps – have any of you read it? Thoughts?).
However, I was wondering if maybe the potty above wasn’t as great as it’d seem because she wasn’t taking to it and using it like I’d envisioned. I also bought this one (looked more sturdy), but it was a similar situation in that she didn’t like sitting on it (or didn’t seem to understand its use in that it was OK for her to pee pee in it without going in a diaper). We showed her that mommy and daddy could go potty on it (not literally, but we pretended), and we also showed her that her dolls and stuffed animals could go potty on it. Still, she wasn’t a fan.
So, I started looking on Amazon for other potty options. I thought I might not have the magical potty that would make her mad with desire to use it. I came upon this magnificent potty option . The reviews were insanely encouraging. I know. $129. I figured we’ll hopefully use it for two kids and I can then sell it. It’s supposed to be intriguing, fun, and your toddler will want to use it! (You’ll also see that we have the Bjorn seat on top of our toilet, too, as recommended.)
The Potty Stool Toddler Training Step Stool
Excitement flooded my veins as I saw her approach it. Explore it. Seeing what this throne stool thing was all about. (Supposedly kids love climbing up to the toilet on it because it’s not only fun but they feel very secure on it.)
Hmmm. Kamea decided it was best used for other things.
Potty stool turned toy platform
Of course. It’s supposed to be a platform for her toys. Duh. What was I thinking?
No biggie. I figured, “It’ll be here, and she’ll see it over and over and over, and we’ll make moves toward it more and more – over time.” Well, a lot of time passed and it never got used. The times I tried, she had a crying sad fit and clung to me like I was putting her on something that would swallow her whole. Poor thing. I couldn’t subject her to that.
We moved it to my bathroom upstairs where I actually use it for now, which is technically the proper way to poo – with your feet up and knees bent to help form a squat position. That’s a whole other blog post though. Suffice it to say, it’s getting used by yours truly.
Meanwhile, we’re back to going diaper free for long periods, but often she just holds it until I put a diaper on her. I can’t help but marvel at how long she can hold it, but also wonder if that’s not good for her either. The Bjorn potty is out in the living room, available, and we encourage using it. However, she usually shakes her head “no.” When she is wearing a diaper she says “pee pee” or “poo poo” – usually once she’s already done it. Therefore, we ask her routinely if she needs to go potty – diaper free or not – and she usually says “no.” On occasion, she responds with the potty sign in sign language, and then we sit her on the red Bjorn potty right away. A few times over the months she’s peed in it a bit. Making progress! Many times, though, she just sits on it and does nothing, which confuses me because she communicated the “potty” sign only to not go potty unless I put a diaper on her. A couple of times she’s poo’d a little in it, then I put on a diaper (or organic training panties detailed below), where she then let’s out the big load.
I have tried putting her on the Bjorn potty with nothing to do or occupy herself (this doesn’t last because she gets bored), and then I read that it can be advised to make being on the potty fun. Hence, the iPad makes an appearance. As well as stuffed animals seen below.
Kamea on potty playing with her iPdad, using the pillow to help support it and give her privacy of course. ;)
Stuffed animals, iPad, and putting the potty on top of her toddler chair. We got some brief tinkling with this go at it.
YAY! We had a HUGE pee pee here while she's sitting on it and playing with her toys. Progress! The following day, however, she wanted nothing to do with her red potty.
I am considering another potty , one that matches her new gorgeous table and chair set , and it can also be used as a chair if not using as a potty (has a cover). Not sure though. I want to keep trying with the red Bjorn and see if we make more progress. (I can’t help but think the red baby Bjorn potty isn’t very comfortable.)
Kamea with her new table and chair set
One more thing we’re doing… we’ve also had her wearing these adorable organic training panties that are super soft and look comfy. We use them frequently instead of diapers which saves money and the environment. Plus, they’re big girl stuff and a step in the potty training direction.
"Under the Nile" organic training panties
Problem is that she often fusses when I put them on, like she doesn’t want to wear them. Only I can’t figure out why? She’s fine going diaper free and fine wearing diapers, why not these? Once they’re on though, she’s usually OK. Plus, her bear wears a pair now. She cracked up when we did that. It didn’t make her love them any more on her, but we’re making progress.
Bear Bear decked out in bling and training panties.
What are your potty training stories?