Monday, July 28, 2008


So the exciting day has finally come- potty training! As you may remember I started taking Carter to the potty when he was 4months old, doing the elimination communication method. It worked great until he started walking and began losing interest in sitting on the potty. So we didn't push too hard. The important thing was that he knew what the potty was and how to control his release. Lately he would pitch a fit if we tried sitting him on the toilet, which was very discouraging. So I decided to get him his own little potty chair that's just his size that he can use all by himself. It came in today!

I've researched and learned some handy little tricks and started as soon as we got it home. I gave him lots of juice and salty crackers to keep him drinking lots of juice. I then stripped him down naked and shut him in the living room so I wouldn't have to chase him all over the house. After a few mishaps (this is where it's great having wood floors instead of carpet) he's starting to get the hang of it. When it's time he'll say pee pee and go to his chair. We've had 4 in a row now (he's going every 5-15 minutes, so there are plenty of opportunities for success).

He's so proud afterward. He'll stand up, turn around, bend down and look in amazement at his pee pee in the potty, (something you can't do with a toilet- there's always fluid in there) and then he'll clap and dance.

I know it will take some time for this to become a regular habit that replaces diapers, but it's so great seeing him excited about going potty like a big boy again and knowing to tell me when it's time to go.

Anyway, it's only been 2 hours, so I'll post an update in a few days or so to let you know how he does when he has clothes on and isn't pumped full of juice. :)