Regan and I started a “soft launch” introduction of the potty over the weekend. I showed her the potty, placed it in my bathroom and every time I would go to the potty I would talk to her. Things like “mommy is tinkling” or “now mommy is wiping her self” and “now mommy gets to close the lid and flush.” She loves to flush so I knew this would interest her.
I decided to focus my attention on the first morning tinkle. When she wakes up, I remove her diaper and take her to the potty. On the first morning, she left a little tinkle. Maybe the size of a quarter. Way to go, baby! I placed her on my bed so I could put a diaper back on and she finished tinkling all over my sheets.
Last night as we were getting ready for bed (or night-night as we call it) I placed her on the potty again and asked her if she had to tinkle. This child stood up and pushed me out of the bathroom and shut the door. A few moments later she called my name. I went in and she had tinkled…all over the floor.
Still, I cheered her on and told her how proud I was of her.
This morning, I took her diaper off and took her straight to the potty when she woke up. She sat on the potty and watched me but no tinkle. I thought perhaps she wanted some privacy so I stepped out of the bathroom and shut the door. 10 seconds later I heard the potty begin to sing.
My baby went tinkle in the potty! I was over the moon! I seriously was whooping it up like we had won the lottery. Regan showed no excitement. She just asked for milk.
So it seems that fair Regan has shown and proved she can tinkle in the potty. I will continue my no pressure approach, but will continue to offer her the opportunity to use the potty every chance I get.
This is so exciting, but a big step in turning my baby into big girl. I’m in no rush for that.
What age did you introduce the potty to your children? How long did it take to get them trained?