The Potty Training Chronicles: Week 3

This must be what they mean by mostly potty trained.

Day 15: All is well in the potty front. Now, it is all about the post potty activities. Hand washing was fairly consistent in the beginning, almost a point of pride for BB. Now, after mastering the peeing on his own.without me having to follow behind him every time, my lack of hand washing reminders has resulted in a kid who doesn't wash his hands after using the potty.

I took for granted all the steps it takes to actually go potty. Wiping, pulling up undies and pants, washing hands. So focused on getting the bodily waste into the potty and quickly getting out of the bathroom, I did all these other things for him.

Day 16: Why doesn't Daniel Tiger's song about potty stick? "Flush and WASH and be on your way." For the love of PBS, please wash your hands after going potty. And try to do it without turning the entire bathroom into your personal water park and using a whole bottle of soap in a day.

This is my fault. I am so busy nursing a 2 month old, the toddler is running amok.

Day 17: Apparently, it's become very difficult to pull up undies, shorts, pants or really anything worn on the bottom. And going potty is much better with company so mommy needs to come and sit too.

This child has developed the potty habits of the most high maintenance diva.

Day 18: How potty trained do kids have to be before attending school? BB starts at his magical Montessori school in a month and though we've come so far it seems we still have so far to go. I imagine his teacher isn't going to want to hear him yelling about how someone needs to wipe his butt. He's just not very good at it yet. 

Don't even get me started on pulling up his own undies and pants. It's reckoning day. I must pay for my decision to potty training pants-less and later only in undies.

Day 19: Turns out bribery works for this too. We practice pulling undies and pants down and then pulling them back up individually over and over again, like a drill, each time he successfully does it he gets a treat. Usually one of his 5 daily gummy vitamins. 

Unfortunately, I have now created a child that will pull his pants down when he wants candy. 

Day 20: No voluntary pants dropping today. We even went for a walk where BB said he needed to go potty and he was able to hold it until we got home. He's wiping when reminded and washing most of the time, though he needs the occasional reminder. I think we're at the end of the chronicles. 

And now that I've said that, I'm sure we're going to have a regression. I'm just going to stop here.

If you're just catching up, here is Part 1 and Part 2 of the Potty Training Chronicles.

What did your potty training journey look like?

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