60:40 is what I’d say Alex’s ratio is for using the potty. That’s right folks – we are almost there!  We are not full out “potty training” – but instead, just promoting it’s use. It’s pretty hard when we are not with Alex 24/7 – although our sitter is really good in getting Alex to go on the toilet with all the other kids before they go outside and play and before nap.  So most days, Alex comes home with the same diaper on that he had when I sent him.  I guess I shouldn’t say diaper – we have pretty much moved on to Pull Ups (except at night).

One thing that helps keep Alex dry through the night is that for the last week or so, Matt and I go in before we go to bed, and put Alex on the toilet. He’s still sleeping, but we whisper “go pee pee, it’s potty time” and he pees! My dad used to do that for me when he got home from his late work shifts and according to my mom it really works.

Most morning’s Alex is dry as well, and usually (but not always), we can get him to go pee right away on the toilet [using this cool potty seat – thank you Gifts to Grow Pampers points!], or we take off his diaper (usually kicking and screaming) and he has no excuse but to use the potty.  There is a potty in the tv room so he just sits when he needs too – and will tell us too: “Yeah Pee Pee!”

And not just pee – no siree! On May 26, Alex had his first poop on the toilet! Afterwards we went and bought a cool new Spiderman ATV toy as a reward [seriously – I had no idea I would be so obsessed and excited over bowel movements and use of the toilet].  He then went a full week pooping on the toilet – even when we went away to the cottage.  He also peed pretty much 100% of the time on the toilet as well that week.

So we are almost there.  The only real problem is that Alex seems to think that even if he tries to use the toilet he deserves a treat.  We made the mistake of starting to give him smarties after a bathroom success – should have gone with stickers.



I wrote the above post on Saturday.  Two funny instances since:

1. At Storybook Gardens, Alex was so excited to play with the Seoul Siblings that he wouldn’t go to the washroom with me. Within 15 minutes he peed through his pull-up – and strangely it wasn’t actually wet! He must have had some crazy wedgie going on.

2. On Tuesday night, Alex had to go “#2” and he told Matt (so very proud!) and Matt got him on the toilet on time and all was good.  Then about 10 minutes later, he had to go again… and he wasn’t wearing a pull up at this point… and well, they didn’t make it in time. All over the floor and wall from my understanding. I was luckily at work and missed the fun times.

10 responses

  1. Way to go, Alex!

    I used to give Adam a penny each time he used the toilet. He was thrilled with his growing collection of coins and by the time he realized that pennies were not going to buy him much of anything, the thrill had worn off and we didn’t need the reward system any more.

    I dread doing the potty-learning thing with Leah — right now the only thing holding up her shorts are her little diapers.

  2. Good luck on the potty training and hurray for the progress you’ve already made! Camden was potty trained a full year before he actually stayed dry at night – he sleeps SO hard. We used to take him before we went to bed, and he would be almost completely asleep.

  3. oh god help me…i am sooo not looking forward to this potty training stuff. noah refuses to try pooping on the potty. every day he tells me when he is pooping and i ask him if he wants to sit on the potty and without fail he says to me, “nah! still like diapers, mom!” he does pee on the potty every nite before his tubby and strangely enough the past few mornings he has woken up with a completely dry diaper and then glenn puts him right on the potty. i have no idea what is going on, but i appreciate your post and all the tips i can get!!!!

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