18 May 2011

potty post..

this is a totally geeked-out mom post. i thought about making this topic/question a facebook status, but figured i wouldn't expose all of my unsuspecting facebook friends to my potty learning/training questions. blogland seems like a much more chosen means of reading, so if you clicked and came here, hopefully you're ready to hear about it. :)

so, ruby's pottying ability came to be kind of by accident. ever since she seemed at all interested in her little toilet in the bathroom, i've let her sit on it, try to go to the bathroom on it, talked to her about what i was doing when i would use "my potty", and things like that. over time she'd randomly have a successful pee on the potty, but there was no method to the madness. when my mom was here over mother's day weekend, we let ruby be bottomless pretty much all of the time at home and became pretty intentional about having her try and go every now and then and, for lack of better words, freaked out whenever she'd actually pee or poop on there. so, over the course of those few days she seemed to get it. it was kind of miraculous to me.. i loved how excited to she (and we) got for this accomplishment, and although she's learned a ton of things in her little two year lifetime, i felt like it was one of the most major things that i actually helped teach her. 

i say all of this to ask, now that she's got in-home pottying about 98% down, how do i take this outside of the home? i'm perfectly happy with her using the toilet at home only for awhile, saving us diapers and learning more and more about how to get things done along the way, but i don't want to confuse her by putting her in diapers anytime we're not at our apartment. any suggestions are welcome.. hoping that some post potty training moms frequent this recently neglected blog. sorry i've been MIA! more posts to come soon.

my smart girl.


Anonymous said...

we let Bethanny pick out her own big girl panties, and believe it or not, we had very few accidents, even outside the home. you just have to continue to be diligent in asking and taking her to the potty every 30 min. or so, because she will start playing and forget to ask, or you'll be involoved in something and forget to ask....SO proud of how far she has already come!! It's such a rewarding experience!!!
luv u!!

Anonymous said...

I had Allie pick her new panties out as well. We also took along potty covers (which we introduced at home) for public bathrooms. We took along her potty on long rides for her to use when we were on long trips away from home. She was two as well. Girls are probably the easiest to teach.. Guys not so easy.. Love you and have fun with being a Mommy....

Anonymous said...

we also took Madison and Ian to pick out their own panties and big boy underwear. then when out in the public, I agree, every 30-45 minutes find a restroom. She will get it quickly. also, sometimes the water splashes are scary. so we put water in their little potties to get they used to the sound and sometimes feel of the water(makes for easier little potty clean up, too).
love you and good luck.

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