How We Use the Potty

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Nope, it’s not that kind of post, so don’t worry.

My son was well on his way to toileting independence by his 18-month birthday.  So when Brynna was right around 16 months we dragged our kiddie potty out of storage to begin to familiarize her with it – what it is, where it goes, what it’s used for.

And, she couldn’t care less.  It’s been used exactly ZERO times.  So we’ve found alternate uses for the potty.  Here is how we put the potty to use in our house.

{A hat.}
{A hat.}
{A place to hide toys.}
{A place to hide toys.}
{A seat so she can sit and play at the table.}
{A seat so she can sit and play at the table.}
{A seat brother can use when sister has stolen his stool.}
{A seat brother can use when sister has stolen his stool.}
{A nice place to sit and drink milk.}
{A nice place to sit and drink milk.}
{A step stool to get into stuff she’s not supposed to.}
{A step stool to get into stuff she’s not supposed to.}
{Storage for bath toys.}
{Storage for bath toys.}

She’s young, and there’s no pressure.  I had just heard that girls were easier to train than boys, so I thought she might jump on board early like her brother.  But, as I’ve been learning, these two are completely different.  It appears potty training might be, too.

I guess that’s not a terrible thing.

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9 thoughts on “How We Use the Potty

  1. Lol! That’s good advice on the timeline of when to bring out the potty as well! My son is 14 months old now and I think I’ll start to get him familiarized with it in a couple of months. Do you have any tips on how to start it?

    1. Actually I kind of regret it now, honestly, because she couldn’t care less about it being a potty and she’s so accustomed to using it for other things. I’d recommend keeping it put away until he shows signs of interest and then you can bring it out – once he’s interested but not totally ready to start training. But good luck! Everyone’s so different!

      1. Ok–one last question! How do you know he’s interested? Does he try to sit on the big potty? Or should I just have one in the bathroom and wait till he try’s to sit on it?

      2. I wish I had advice for you! I’ve heard it’s when they can stay dry for a couple of hours (physically they can hold it), when they tell you BEFORE they go in their diaper (not just after), and also want to sit on the potty (I think there might be another indicator or two). All of the indicators should be present before even starting otherwise it will just cause both you and your child frustration and can make them resist training, making it harder.

        Meanwhile, my first had an awful diaper rash at 18 months and so we let him run around naked to heal it, and suddenly realized he didn’t leave puddles on the floor and that’s how we knew he was capable. Totally stumbled into it. So this time around it’s like the blind leading the blind!

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