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Potty Training our 21 Month Old

 

ORIGNAL POST WAS POSTED IN MAY 2015. I HAVE SINCE UPDATED IT WITH A YEAR UPDATE
(FIND IT BELOW ORIGINAL POST). 

Original Post —- May, 2015:

We started potty training Ellie a week and a half ago, coincidentally on her 21-month birthday. I thought I’d share about our little mini-journey: the steps we followed and guidelines we’re still following. Looking back I think it’s almost more about when the parents are ready than the child. There are going to be messes, frustrations and your patience will be tried. But your kid is bright – and they’ll get it!

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“Yay Ellie!” – The third stage in Pre-Potty Training

Ellie is 19 months today (side note: I’m going to be sad to stop counting months soon!) and for the last week or so has been peeing on the potty just about every time we sit her down on it. We do it strategically – like after bath when she always seems to need to pee – or after her milk, right before bedtime. This picture was taken a week or so ago – when she was good about staying seated for awhile. Now she’s in the habit of jumping up mid-stream to celebrate: “Yay Ellie!!!” she says while clapping her hands enthusiastically. She’s usually not done, but is excited to dump the peepee into the big potty (“Ellie do it!” but if she did herself there would be pee everywhere) and then start over. Last night she did this 3 times, and peed each time. The fact that she can cut her peeing into thirds is pretty impressive, haha. She doesn’t go on the potty at daycare but they’ve recommended we start potty training her in the next couple months.

I wrote about previous stages here and here.

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“Pee Pee Potty” – Second Stage in Pre-Potty Training

Ellie has been showing a lot of interest in peeing (and watching the pee pee come out of her pee pee) lately. We talk about it when I change her diapers, we have a book about Elmo going potty. I’ve even been allowing her to pee on her diaper-changing pad –half the time she just squats and nothing happens – and I’ve celebrated with her each time it happens. The first time or two, I thought it was a happy coincidence but now that it has happened a few times, I’m thinking she really might have some control over it.

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“Poo-poo” – First Stage in Pre-Potty Training??

My 13-month-old just told me she had a poopy diaper.

We were playing peek-a-boo and she was looking at me from under a chair when she stopped the game to say “poo-poo” (well, it sounded more like boo-boo but no judgement). I couldn’t get to her fast enough! Did she just say poo-poo without me saying it first?! I mean, we had been working on this for a couple weeks. And by working on this I mean that I had been saying the word to her every time I had the joy of changing a poopy diaper. I didn’t know what I was expecting to happen – I just figured she should know the word that was associated with what Mommy was cringing at. And now she’s saying it! I didn’t even have to stick my nose in close (friends cringe every time I do the bottom-sniff), there was definitely one on board!

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