I decided to start potty training #7 today. It is a rainy cold dreary day so what better day to do it, right?
#7 is going to be 3 in June. I don’t think that there is any specific time frame for potty training. Some parents believe that by the age of 18 months their child should be potty trained or at least beginning to be potty trained. Other parent wait till their child is about to go to school. Seriously, I knew a mom that was still changing diapers on her 4 year old. There was nothing wrong with him but mom felt he would let her know when he was ready. But I digress.
#1 was my first child and I had no clue about potty training. She went to the potty but refused to poop in said potty. She was almost 3 before she was fully potty trained. #2 (the child, not the action) was easy. When he learned that he could take out his penis and pee at will into a toilet that was it. Game over.
#3 and #4 and #5 were also easy. Same idea. I get to pee on cheerios in the toilet? Challenge accepted. So in my experience, at that point, boys were much easier than girls to potty train. All 4 boys were peeing and pooping in the potty by the time they were 2 ½. I was the potty whisperer.
Enter #6, after a 12 year hiatus of having babies. The first time we pulled out her potty chair and she peed, that was it. I also had the potty chair in the living room so she would sit on it while watching Yo Gabba Gabba. I did not think it was odd but other people entering my house and seeing an 18 month old relaxing on her Minnie Mouse potty chair might have felt a bit uncomfortable. This is also may be a significant reason she likes an audience while she uses the bathroom. Seriously, she leaves the door opens and talks to anyone who walks by. It helped that she had a potty routine that was easy to translate into training. She peed and pooped on schedule. It was amazing.
#7 though. The baby. He has no interest in potty training. I ask him, his dad asks him, even his brothers and sister ask him if wants to pee on the potty like a big boy. Nope. He did counter with the offer of peeing on them but they politely refused. He also has no set schedule. He poops when he feels like it and can stay dry for hours at a time but other times will fill his diaper to the weight limit.
Today, his reign of tyranny in diapers is coming to a close. He has went on the potty three times. He has peed on the potty two times. He has pooped in the potty once after being surprised that he did not just “fawt.” He has went through 4 pairs of underwear. He is starting to like the idea of peeing in the potty instead of in his pants.
It will take time and patience and lots of laundry detergent. I will have the bulk of potty training left to me so he will first learn to pee sitting down before graduating to standing and spraying everywhere but in the potty. And in the end, after diapers are no longer always in my Amazon Prime cart, and my last baby is finally potty trained, I will be happy that I no longer have to change diapers. And, deep down, way way way deep down, kind of sad that my baby boy is getting to be a big boy, one pee in the potty at a time.