Adventures in Potty Land

How many potty-training methods can we use in one day? Apparently, I was trying to set some kind of record today. Bennett just decided suddenly that he was tired of diapers. Works for me. He does great in the morning, then it’s like he gets tired in the afternoon and just doesn’t want to deal with it anymore. (I sound like we’ve been doing this for weeks. Yesterday was his first full day.) So yesterday evening, I bought him two pairs of training pants. I only bought two because I wasn’t sure he would wear them. Jeffrey wouldn’t, but Bennett doesn’t seem to have Jeffrey’s sensory issues. They actually only had the one pack, but I was going to buy more and just open one pack at first. So, I guess that’s really why I only bought two, but whatever…

He stayed dry all night (in a diaper – I’m not tempting fate just yet) and this morning, we headed straight to the potty.  Afterward, I tried to put the training pants on him, but he was having none of that. I told him we weren’t wasting pull-ups and he could either do the training pants or a diaper. He hates diapers now and I didn’t really want to go back and forth anyway, so when he refused the training pants, I decided to try the naked-baby method for a little while. And he did pretty good for a while. Once I heard him run into the bathroom and yell, “Mommy!”, so of course, I followed. Then we had a couple of incidents when he didn’t quite make it. Didn’t seem to be trying to make it, really. Two is my (and the carpet’s) limit for the day, so I told him it was either the diaper or the training pants. He wore the training pants. He also soaked the training pants. We took those off and put the second pair on. When I put the pull-up on him to take Jeffrey to karate two hours later, his pants were still dry. He’s had the pull-ups on since 4:30; it’s 9:30 now and he’s still dry. Yay!

So we did nekky-baby, training pants and pull-ups all in one day. And he seems to have survived it. And we still have that early afternoon window when he won’t use the potty. I have no idea what that’s about. But all-in-all, it’s much easier when the kid decides it’s time to ditch the diapers. Not that I know any other way. Jeffrey did it on his own too, although he was closer to 2 1/2. But really, months potty-training or a couple of weeks? Seems like an easy choice to me. Just wait until the kid’s ready.

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