The pediatrician told us it is time to start thinking about potty training.
I think it is a little early, but then I saw this article about the potty trained 6 month old. Over-achievers.
After the last doctor visit, we bought a seat booster for the big potty and a little training potty (pink of course) for K.
She puts toys in the baby potty, and doesn’t understand what it is for yet. I haven’t put her on the big one yet because of drowning. A ring of Sesame Street characters and fun with flushing is going to draw her to the potty danger, not deter her.
I looked for books about using the bathroom to help introduce the concept, although I would think by now both my daughter and dog should be able to use one efficiently since they refuse to let me go into one by myself. The selection at B & N was pretty light, and the books are kind of gross, so I didn’t buy any.
Since Elmo can get kids to do anything, I bought the video Elmo’s Potty Time on my phone.
If you’ve never seen this one, you are in for a 45 minute musical that will never leave your internal, life-soundtrack. It’s all about taking a dump and going wee wee and woo woo in the potty. You get to meet Elmo’s Dad and he has a curly porn stash and wears a bowling shirt in the flashback which is kind of funny as long as you haven’t dropped any acid.
Here is the order of events:
- Song: “It’s Potty Time” A blues number that I can’t stop singing. It’s potty time, gotta get down low, potty time…You can do it, ELMO!
- Song: “Trying Song” A kitten climbs some stairs like Rocky Balboa training for the big fight. It’s kind of cute.
- Cartoon: “You’re a Big Kid Now” Noooo! Not my baby!
- Film: Kids use different names when going to the bathroom. (One kid exclaims loudly, “I call it DOOKIE.”) You and me both, kid.
- Animation: In a King Kong parody, a large gorilla listens to his body’s needs. Read the signs when a Gorilla dump is coming, dear.
- Song: “Accidents Happen” Yes, yes they do.
- Song: “Dirty Diaper Blues” More blues tunes.
- Song: “Toilet Paper Factory Rap” Tupac would be proud. It’s a very white rap about toilet paper.
- Film: The sounds of a bathroom make a rhythm. Like Stomp? No, not like Stomp at all.
- Film: Great Moments at the Sink: Washing Hands. A compelling highlight reel.
- Song: “You’ll Use the Potty” Some day.
- Song: “It’s Harder the First Time” Big Finish…and jazz hands.
Just a little glimpse into my own personal hell, but she loves this video, and asks for “Emmo, Potty?” all the time. Sometimes I forget it is playing in public, and I don’t understand the weird looks I get when the puppets are going on and on about pee and poop.
But she is starting to understand the concept, and she will tell me when she goes well before the smell hits me from across the room.
The concept also led to her very first lie (more of a manipulation really).
She woke up early one morning. No big deal, but we try to get her to stay in bed until 7 am. If she can’t go back to sleep, I will give her some books or toys to look at while I put on the coffee and get her breakfast ready.
Her Dad was still home getting ready for work, and he loves it when she wakes up because he gets to see her before he leaves. This is pretty sweet, but he is a sucker for her and she knows it.
He walks in, and she says, “Hi!!! Up???”
He responds, “Hi sweetie. Not time to get up yet, but I love you. Muwah,” and leaves the room.
I hear her start to cry again from the other room, “Day-eee, up? Up? Hi???!!!”
He goes back into to comfort her but still doesn’t pick her up. He starts to walk out again, and she cries (very sadly and convincingly), “Daaaayeee, I pooooooopppped.”
And, I’m up.
Dad left for work, and I didn’t smell any evidence that she was telling the truth, but I got her up and changed her diaper anyway. She was pulling my leg about the poop.
I laughed, and said, “No, no sweetie, we don’t lie about going poop.”
Was it a lie, a manipulation, confusion about the concept, or just an attempt to get some time with her Daddy in the morning?
Probably all of the above, and her cleverness and knowledge of exactly what will get her out of the crib early is a little frightening, but we laughed for days.
If she’s ever going to be president, I probably need to find a copy of the story about George Washington and the cherry tree and start reading it to her.
Anyone want to share some adventures in potty training?
What age did your kids start to really understand the concept?
Any tips or suggestions from experienced parents?