Poop Goes in Potty...Not on Floor
An unfiltered peek into the first 3 days of potty training!
Day 1. To me, getting hyped up about potty training is important. I wanted Little Maple 2 to feel special! He just had his second birthday and was growing into a big boy (in more ways than one - those one size cloth diapers were getting a little snug haha) and today was all about him. We went to Walmart where he got to pick out his own underwear - Paw Patrol of course. I made him wait to open them so by the time we got home he could barely contain himself. Before we put them on I explained that he was a big boy now, which means, "no more diapers." We went to his bedroom, grabbed all the cloth off the change table then one by one we took each of them to the garbage and we threw them in. DON"T PANIC - I quickly retrieved them from the clean garbage bag as soon as he wasn't looking ;) Now that those diapers were "gone" we had no choice but to get into those underwear! Once in his new underwear he strut around the house feeling pretty proud with himself for the next 5 minutes or so. We then quickly found out that as excited as he was to get into those underwear, he was just as excited to pee in them. We did some rethinking and decided that maybe some naked time was best so he could see exactly how all those parts down there function.
Getting that pee out on the potty for the first time is hard! After several failed attempts I was starting to second guess myself thinking maybe I jumped the gun and he just wasn't ready. Then, I was standing in the bathroom while he was on the potty and Little Maple #1 called me from the other room. I told Little Maple #2 I would be right back. In about 5 seconds I heard from the bathroom, "Mama pee! Mama pee!" Apparently he was just a little pee shy and some privacy goes a long way! Fast forward to bedtime 6 hours later - 4 accidents (two on the bathroom floor so I give him credit for that) and 4 pees in the toilet! Not bad considering he had never even sat on the potty up until today! Back in a diaper for nighttime since night training is a whole other ball game. We will see what tomorrow brings! I predict Little Maple #2 will encounter the dreaded #2 tomorrow.
PS If you have ever potty trained one of your cloth diapered littles before, you know how bittersweet it can be! I was in pretty rough shape thinking that this could possibly be the last time I have a child in cloth diapers full time. BUT since we were planning on venturing out of the house the next day I grabbed three Applecheeks Learning Pants and began to prep for the next day. This made me feel a bit better about the whole thing!
Day 2. No luck with a pee first thing in the morning, but I have a feeling he let loose in his diaper the second he woke up. An hour later he ran up to me (naked of course) and said "candy!". This was huge! He was asking to go to the potty! Okay, okay, I need to come clean. We have definitely been rewarding every pee on the potty with one skittle. Little Maple #1 was a sticker fanatic when we potty trained him and that seemed to work well. Little Maple #2 gets super excited about candy so we decided to just roll with it. Things went well all morning, but I like to get the kids outside every day. I was nervous - I knew something messy might go down in Little Maples #2's snow pants. Oh well, we gotta learn somehow! On went the underwear, the pants, the snow pants, and winter gear. After a fun snow filled 30 minutes the boys wanted to go inside. I told Little Maple #1 to go in and help #2 take off his snow gear while I finished shoveling the walk. Two minutes later I hear out the door, "Mom! #2 pooped in his underwear....and everywhere!" Well, can't say I didn't see it coming. I went inside to check the damage. Poop in the snow pants, the pants, underwear, and down the legs. The kinda poop that you can tell has been held in for a while. Yikes! Determined to make this a learning experience (a stinky one at that) I stripped him down and started saying what I call the potty training mantra, "poop goes in potty, not in underwear/on floor."