The Journey to the Potty

No more diapers here! When I was planning our potty training time, I thought we’d go for a three-day-at-home bootcamp (diaper-free, stay home) over the Fourth of July weekend. Then I realized that July 4 was in the middle of the week and I wouldn’t have daddy back-up so that Caroline could just be at home in panties for three days straight. I thought about putting the process off until Labor Day weekend, but then all of a sudden, Caroline seemed ready and I decided to just go for it! I’ve always heard it takes 21 days to form a new habit, so I wanted to have 21 days in panties before I declared it a new way of life.

Day One:

used potty all morning, wore diaper for nap, then back in panties
pee’d on Mother’s Helper and went back in diaper for rest of day

Day Two:
wearing diaper out of house; peeing in potty in house
pee’d and pooped on potty of her own initiation!

Day Three:
Brought potty into master bathroom on her own while I was in the shower, went back and got a book, came back and sat down and pooped
First outing out of house in training pants — pee’d in public toilet at Heartsong Music Together

Days Four through Seven:
sometimes in diapers, sometimes in panties, some accidents
moved from waterproof training pants to padded panties for outings

Day Eight:
going out of house in panties, using public toilets
accident at home — pee’d on floor about five minutes after pooping on potty (told John “It happens.”)

Day Nine:
waking up dry from naps

Day Ten:
in panties all time now — pee’d on floor at friend’s house (and still talks about it)

Day Eleven:
asked to pee in middle of night — dry besides that
no accidents!
used public toilets a couple of times during day

Day Twelve:
no accidents, used public toilet
dry all night without a potty break

Day Thirteen:
no accidents!

Day Fourteen:
refused to take off overnight diaper when she woke up — peed in it and then let me put her in panties
used public toilet while out shopping
insisted on napping in diaper

Day Fifteen:
No accidents!

Day Sixteen:
Uh oh…playing outside…gotta poop. Didn’t make it inside in time.

Day Seventeen through Twenty-One:
Still having occasional poop misses (but only one pee pee accident in two weeks!)
Wearing a diaper overnight
I’m comfortable enough going out with her in panties as she will use public bathrooms (with a potty ring)

Today: Woke up dry!

Some things I found helpful through this process:
Potty Training Info at Drsears.com
Baby Bjorn Potty Chair
Baby Bjorn Potty Ring
Once Upon a Potty
Potty for Me
Trickle Free Trainers
Gerber panties

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  1. Yeah! I found the Baby Bjorn toilet on Amazon.com because I didn’t like the trendy ones at the store that have all the bells and whistles on them! I was pleasantly surprised to see that is what you recommended. I enjoy reading your Teach’em Tuesdays! They are giving me some great ideas!

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