Well, we’ve finished the 3 day boot camp. It was not fun in the middle of it, and I was about to quit after 2 days of cleaning up puddles of pee in the bathroom, kitchen, living room, deck (he “made his mark” for sure!). Part of what was so hard was the intensity of it — watching him every second for signs that he was about to poop or pee, taking him to the bathroom every half hour or so (even when he cried about leaving his toys), sitting and waiting (and reading) every time he was on the potty, cleaning up accident after accident, being stuck in the house…
But the good news is… he’s officially potty-trained! Here we are, one week later, and he’s only had one “puddle accident” after the first two days, and it was outside. Occasionally, he gets his undies wet, but for the most part, he makes it to the potty in time. We’ve even been doing undies when going out and at naptime, and he’s been dry every night the past 4 nights in his pull-ups, so we might be doing undies at night soon, too. He’s been pooping about every other day, and we can always tell because he needs his privacy and asks us to leave. While spying on him through the door crack, I saw him get up, go over to get a book, and sit back down to read. That’s my boy! A bathroom reader from the beginning!
The hardest part now is when we’re out and about. I have to constantly be aware of the nearest bathroom and watch him for signs that he has to go. And, we’re in a quandary because he doesn’t like me holding him up in public restrooms (or outside, for that matter), and I don’t necessarily want to start carting around our potty seat to put on the toilet. That’s why places like church (with a little potty) and Dan and Megan’s house (with Abby’s potty seat) are the best outings these days.
Yippee! Hooray for going cold turkey!
(P.S. Just so I remember, my favorite books to check out again from the library are Danny is Done with Diapers: A Potty ABC, The Potty Train, Potty (by the same author as Yummy, Yucky), Potty Superhero, and Big Boy Undies. I also LOVED the Daniel Tiger episode about it. That’s how I subconsciously remind Carter about the potty without nagging him about it; I just sing the little jingle “If you have to go potty, stop, and go right away. Flush and wash and be on your way!” We don’t always flush when it’s just a couple dribbles, but he does love to sing the song…and get his M&M)