#motherhood · 2 years old · mama · parenting · talal

Potty Training

With all the responsibilities that are growing with my child, I think potty training is the hardest scene of parenting. Now my boy is 2 years old, I feel like It’s the time to wean him off diapers. So, how to start? I remember when I changed his poopy diaper for the first time, back then I thought this is the most difficult part of motherhood (Oh, how naive I was, but I had no previous experience, and I didn’t know what was waiting for me!)Β Nowadays, I can do it with my eyes closed, it turned out it’s not a thing, it just became one of my daily routine. But now I’m looking at him and wondering, how can I let him understand that here where he should pee. How can I make sure that he can get this and respond to it? I think it’s so troublesome!!talal
I looked for many instructions, and most of them say that you should start showing your kid at early age how YOU go to bathroom, like when he’s one year old and something!! Anyway, I started doing this. Every time I wanted to go there, he was following me, laughing, as something funny is happening. (Oh, no privacy at all, even in the bathroomπŸ˜‘)
Later on, I started teaching him how to sit on his new small blue (his favorite color ever) potty, with his clothes on. He enjoyed it, and he seems to have fun sitting on it, and pretending to pee.
But after a while, when I start helping him to sit down on it with his clothes off. He started to shout and cry and scream as loud and hard as he can!!!
And that happened everytime I do so. Then I begin to show him that it’s ok, you’ve already tried it with your diaper on, it’s the same, nothing hasΒ changed. But he strongly rejects to listen!!
I’ve tried desperately to convince him just to sit on it without diaper!! I’ve tried putting him next to TV, so he can watch his animations. I also saved all the nice toys that he loves (mostly cars) to this time. Besides, I gave him candies, popcorn and whatever he likes, but they all went in vain.potty training.png
I’m trying to bring up the subject of the potty in our conversations, and in the bedtime stories (like I think your teddy bear wants to go potty, or maybe your car needs to go pee-pee). It’s all about raising awareness about going potty and make him comfortable with the overall concept.
Now I got to the point where I think I’m going to give up!! I really think he’s not ready yet. So I will wait a few months and then try again later.
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24 thoughts on “Potty Training

  1. this post brought back fond memories for me… when I was a single dad trying to potty train my daughter. She finally got the idea (girls are easier)… next step.. I wanted her to be able to go alone and then call me when she was done. I notice when she went alone she would not quite make it to the toilet… as evident by a puddle just in front of the toilet. I thought I would silently observe to determine what the problem was… and to my surprise and embarrassment… She did make it to the toilet… just wanted to be like dad… and was standing when she peed…. (I had to give the “Boys stand up… Girls sit down” talk.) Great times…. umm one thing with boys… and standing… watch the toilet seat… They are at a height that if the toilet seat accidently slams down… well very bad… happened to my brother when we were kids (not adults) and this set back the training for months.

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    1. Hahaha πŸ™‚ Thank you so much! Reading your long, amusing comment meant so much to me! πŸ™‚ Thank you for taking the time to type out all that.

      This is the age for toddlers when Monkey-See-Monkey-Do. It’s a whole different stage of parenting when our child now imitates everything that we do in public and in private. While it’s 100 percent part of the learning process, and how they learn to interact with their environment. We as parents, need to be on best behavior. At all times. Which is sort of exhausting.

      you have a lovely daughter, and what she had done to imitate you is the funniest thing that I’ve heard πŸ™‚

      Thank you again for your nice comment, and the helpful advice πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for your nice comment. I will post the updates on my boy’s potty training journey soon. We all as mothers need to stick together and support each other. please tell your sister, and hope that she can tell me her story with her daughter, so we can exchange our stories together, since we are having same experience. good wishes for both of you πŸ™‚

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  2. I just asked my son’s pediatrician about his yesterday, as he is just a hair under two now. I have several friends with kids younger starting to potty train. His pediatrician said not to make a big deal out of it or become overly invested. If they want to, great. If not, that’s great too. He concurred with an article I read some time ago that potty training is more of a developmental milestone than the parent actually training their child to do it. He said have the potty available and create as little pressure around it as possible. He said kids stop using diapers more or less naturally sometime before (or by the time) they are four. Hope that helps!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to type out all this very useful comment πŸ™‚

      There are lot mothers out there, who don’t really know that this is a developmental milestone that their kids will certainly (sooner or later) achieve.

      I’ve grown up in a society thinks that this depends on the mother and her ability to potty train her kids at early age. If so, then she is the super mother. I think it’s not about when the child will reach it, but how much he will be comfortable with the overall concept what really matter.

      Thank you again for the helpful advice πŸ™‚

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  3. I remembered what it was like to help potty train my (then) baby brother. I have to be honest, after trying a few times I just gave up and let my Dad handle it! I found it easier to just take off his diaper and hose him down in the bathroom! πŸ™‚

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  4. I really enjoyed this post, in the summer I usually babysit a 7 year-old girl and a 2 and a half year-old boy. His parents have tried everything but he sinply doesn’t like it and they were rold that he needs to stop using diapers in order to enter preschool next year. I don’t know how they’re going to do it.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and thank you so much for leaving a comment!
      Potty training seems to be a daunting task, but actually we just need to wait for the right time, when the child is ready, then it will be so easy.. πŸ™‚

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