For the last couple of weeks we have been teaching Bunny to use the potty. It started very gradually, and now she goes anywhere from 25 to 65% of the time.
I have always been a fan of early toilet learning, mostly because I really don’t like dealing with pee and poop. Even though she is my daughter, I still grit my teeth when we have to change her. Especially poop.
It was my mom who encouraged me to start potty learning with Bunny recently. My mom thought our daughter would adapt and learn quickly because she gave up using her bottles so easily. I took out the potty chair and while we were gone one day and my mom babysat, she showed Bunny how to do it. She told me Bunny used the potty twice that day with her and even walked her over to the kitchen floor where she had an accident.
I was skeptical. It took her about two days later to start going with me. I think the first day she only went once or twice. Then it was one more each day. Today I lost count.
I have learned not to push her, but I do have to ask her if she wants to go. She is only now starting to get the idea of noticing the have-to-go sensation, so about every 30 minutes or so, I will ask her.
I still have a few other things to incorporate into her learning. For example, we still use diapers for naps and sometimes during the day. Otherwise, we have her in Gerber Training Pants (though we need to buy a few more).
We still use diapers when we go out. I haven’t figured out the poop in the potty part mostly because we were derailed in our poopie-training when she was about 9 months old and we have not gotten back on track since.
But at the same time, I don’t want to obsess over it either. But I cannot help but cheer for her each time she successfully goes on the potty. For the first week, she fully expected us to cheer for her, now she is like, Whatever guys, I can do this.
I cannot believe I haven’t delved into a potty training book either. I have been mostly relying on signals and my own maternal instinct. This has been a bit of a breakthrough experience for me because I usually obsess and research things I work on, but I would rather us both be gentle with each other and ourselves this go around.