Saturday, November 17, 2007

Potty Time?

We're thinking about starting to potty train. Noah tells us if he has a wet or dirty diaper and he has definite actions that indicate he is going. Thus far we've been putting him on the potty first thing in the morning and at bath time and he's gone a few times. Here's the problem: feeding therapy and speech therapy are both an hour away .That means that on two days each week we are out of the house for at least 3.5 hours, assuming it's not on a week where we have a doctor's appointment, occupational therapy, parent support group, etc.
I get the whole stop somewhere along the way thing, but is that really going to work on potty training day #2? I had planned on starting over Christmas break when we had almost 2 weeks with no therapy, but my in-laws changed that plan by throwing a fit that we weren't coming to see them. I really don't mind waiting to potty train, but we're trying to get Noah into the 3 year old class at Brian's school and if Noah's not potty trained that's not going to work. School is still 9 months away, but it took a year for Noah to accept his first bite of baby food, so I try not to assume that anything is going to be quick and easy.
I think the best option is to make my mother-in-law potty train Noah since she's the reason we won't be home, but I doubt she'll go for it.


Jessica said...

hahaha I love it! She should potty train him;)
I was able to potty train Isaac fairly quickly once he was ready. I just put him in undies when I knew I'd be home for 4 days straight. He went in them a few times, but after that he'd had enough and started asking for the potty. That was about 2- 2 1/2.
Now, with Savannah, she will be 3 in Feb and has not went on the potty yet. Refusal. I don't know what to do.
So, I think alot depends on their personality. Good luck with everything and keep updating! :) Cute pic btw.

Jennifer said...

I vote for your mother-in-law to do it too!!
I had very little luck with my first three kids...they just weren't interested. I finally sat them down when they were three and told them to do it or else...I don't know if it was the right approach, but it worked.
My 4th child showed an interest at around age 2.5, so whenever she'd sit and actually produce something, we'd give her a handful of Skittles. When she had her "aha!" moment and figured out what we were doing, she must have gone around 20 times that first day ;). #5 was trained in similar fashion...I think because she had so many older brothers and sisters to keep up with.
I hope that, whenever you choose to do it, Noah will be on board with your plans and it will go smoothly! :)

tiffany said...

Just wanted to say that is a very handsome photo of Noah!

Jennifer said...

Boy he looks like a big kid in that picture! Good luck with potty training!

I haven't a clue how to start this but Ari is getting a potty chair for christmas this year... I guess we're really ambitious huh?

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Karen said...

My niece kinda started at 2 and is now 4.5 and just now is mostly going on the potty. She did not want to bother stopping to go potty, I considered her potty trained but not using by 3. Bribing her didn't work, she had to have consequences for wetting herself, like no TV and no sitting on the furniture. Hope Noah is a LOT less stubborn, and Grandma should totally help out ;).