Potty Training…Episode One


It’s Toddler Thursday and I am on the prowl for potty training tips. My husband and I cannot wait until I don’t have to spend money on diapers! Those things are the most expensive yet most needed item a parent can have…except for formula.  The Potty Chair

So I am wondering…how will I know when Syd is ready to potty train?  BabyCenter has a cute little checklist that will help determine when my little girl is ready to move from Pampers Maven to Potty Queen.

Physical signs

 __Is coordinated enough to walk, and even run, steadily.

 __Urinates a fair amount at one time.

 __Has regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times.

 __Has “dry” periods of at least three or four hours, which shows that his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine.

Behavioral signs

 __Can sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes.

__ Can pull his pants up and down.

__ Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper.

__ Shows interest in others’ bathroom habits (wants to watch you go to the bathroom or wear underwear).

__ Gives a physical or verbal sign when he’s having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you.

__ Demonstrates a desire for independence.

__ Takes pride in his accomplishments.

__ Isn’t resistant to learning to use the toilet.

__ Is in a generally cooperative stage, not a negative or contrary one.

Cognitive signs

__ Can follow simple instructions, such as “go get the toy.”

__ Understands the value of putting things where they belong.

__ Has words for urine and stool.

__ Understands the physical signals that mean he has to go and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until he has time to get to the potty.

Since most  of these she does pretty well, we decided to sit her down on the potty last night…failure!  So, I am going to give it a try this weekend and see what happens.

Got a tip on how we can speed this process along?  Send me a comment today!

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2 thoughts on “Potty Training…Episode One

  1. how exciting! I cannot wait for potty training. We are still a few months away from trainers or a potty seat, but I am going to start elimination communication when my daughter turns 1 so that she will be ready to use the potty when it’s time.

  2. Now you know you are going to have to blog about that! If your daughter is anything like Syd, she’s going to think the potty is a new toy!

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