Potty Training Readiness

Last Christmas, my in-laws were visited by a family close to them way back when. One of them was a little girl close to Jack Jack’s age who was not only talking in sentences (Jack Jack was not yet that clear with words that time) but she’s also not wearing any diapers. I was in awe and in a little bit of envy.

With Jack Jack’s speech nowadays, he is probably the most talkative 2 year old boy. Another Mom from the pediatric clinic was surprised to find out he’s only 2 and has already a very wide vocabulary of words. On the other hand, we have not yet started on potty training Jack Jack  until recently. I know I should have been seeing signs that he’s ready for potty training since he turned one; however, I can’t start it then because of all the happenings in our lives (house construction and moving places twice) even if I’ve purchased his potty seat before he reached his first year.

Here are some signs of readiness that you should watch out for:

  • He wets his diapers less at nighttime. I’ve recently stopped buying Mamypoko – his nighttime diaper.
  • He can pull his pants up and down.
  • He can walk and run unassisted.
  • He does not like the feeling of wet or dirty diaper. He’d point at his diaper and say poo-poo. If he’s done it already, I wash him up. If not, I take him to his potty seat and he sits for a bit or until he does poop.
  • He watches me or hubby when we go to the bathroom.
  • He can follow basic instructions.
  • He feels uncomfortable having a wet/soiled diaper.

Sunday before last, July 25, 2010 to be exact, he said “poo-poo” and pointed at his diaper. When I looked in it, there’s nothing. So I asked him to go with me in the bathroom. Make him sit on his potty and I sat on the toilet bowl while he played with his car. Then he pooped his first stool on his potty seat.

It is just the size of a marble – merely small compared to stool size he has when he poops on his diaper but I did the applaud thing which made him smile. After cleaning him up, we said bye-bye to his poop while flushing it down the toilet bowl. Literally. He pretty much liked the idea of saying goodbye to each and every one of his poop. He does it every time I flush. Poop or no poop.

I also try to reward him with stickers for his potty seat when he does poop on it. Have him play with his favorite cars, sing or do whatever while he’s sitting. By the way, when he’s sitting on his potty, I’d be sitting next to him in an adult potty. That way, he knows it’s a natural thing to go potty.

The other day, he peed while we’re both sitting in our respective potty. By the way, for a boy, it’s ok if he learns to pee sitting first as long as he learns where his pee should go. It should be easy for him to learn peeing in a standing position next time. Oh, and his potty seat is designed to handle situation as that (boy peeing in a sitting position). Jack Jack’s potty seat is the one from Combi. It can handle a boy peeing in a sitting position. I’ll post a separate review of this in the future.

I’m trying to make this a regular thing every morning but … I don’t have any excuses. I’m just not into regular things. I wish to turn this into a real habit so we’d be successful with the training. Oooh, I can’t wait to see him in diaper freedom. Baby steps. Baby steps.

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