This week we decided to potty train baby number 2. Although I didn’t think I was ready for him to pee like a big boy, we knew he was ready, so it had to happen.
When he got up on the 1st morning, we took his nappy off and he threw it into the bin & said goodbye to it. We had 2 jars, filled with treats. One of the jars was to reward him for doing pees in the potty & the other one had bigger treats, which he could choose from after he had managed to poo. It started off well! Lots of going to the potty or to the toilet… obviously he was excited to eat sweets at 7 O’clock in the morning and run around in his bare bum. He was doing great, going to the potty or toilet when he needed a pee, without being prompted. He then decided that he wanted to wear boxers like his big brother. I thought “sure he is doing great! There’ll be no harm in letting him wear them.” That was a rookie mistake. At around 11am he said to me “Daddy, my dressed is wet!” I asked him if he had a pee accident, he said yes. So, I took him to the bathroom & as I took off his boxers, a poo fell on to the floor. He was like, “Daddy I did a poo! Can I have a poo treat?” I told him that he needed to poo in potty or toilet to get a poo treat. Then big brother butts in saying, “But daddy! He is only learning to use the potty, so just give him the treat!” I said, “if you clean the poo, I will give him the treat.” He soon changed his story.
So, for the rest of the day the boxers were off, and the bum was out.
The downside to the no boxers was the willy gymnastics on show. I have never seen a person tug & pull their willy in so many different directions and angles. At one stage, he was lying with his legs at 10 and 2, having a good fondle while watching YouTube kids. Anytime I told him to stop touching it or saying it’s going to fall off, he just laughed and shook it at me. I was getting mocked by a willy waving 3-year-old.The other weird thing he kept doing was sticking his head down the toilet & having a good sniff. He reckons it smells like the swimming pool. I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing.
Overall, he did great for his first day of potty training, with only 2 accidents.
Day 2 was pretty much the same as day 1… lots of peeing and willy gymnastics but still no number 2s. I tried everything from chocolate to toys, but it still wasn’t happening. Mrs B then suggested an app called “Poo goes home to Pooland.” It was created by the Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS foundation trust.
At first, I wasn’t so sure about it but finally decided to give it a go. I downloaded it and watched it. It reminded me of a censored version or Mr Hankey the Christmas Poo from South Park. But Luke loved it, he laughed so hard I thought he was going to pee all over me. Thankfully he didn’t! I let him watch it every time he went to the potty or toilet… but still no poo. At one stage, Ethan even tried to help by telling Luke to come and watch him poo so that he could see how it’s done. He also lay on the floor in front of the potty, patiently waiting and watching to see what came out of his brother… he was the David Attenborough of the potty world! Day 2 & day 3 ended with no accidents and still no poo.
Day 4 was the big day! And big it most definitely was. He did a poo I would have been proud of. It was HUGE. He was so proud and shouted, “I done a big poo!” We then had a celebratory poo dance in the kitchen. I am not surprised about the size of it because his diet had been chocolate and sweets for 4 days.
I didn’t realise how different potty training would be the 2nd time around. I felt out of my depth at times and unsure about what I should be doing or if I was even doing it right. Thankfully though, he was ready to train, which made it so much easier. He did an amazing job.
My advice to anyone who plans to start potty training soon is to wait until they are ready. Starting before then may cause issues like them being afraid, which will make them not want to do it at all. It doesn’t matter if this is the 1st time or the 5th time you have potty trained a child, I guarantee you that at some stage, you will feel clueless. Just because it worked the 1st time, doesn’t mean it will be the same this time. Don’t give up and be patient because it will happen. Encourage and praise them as they go along, even if they don’t do anything. This will help them to keep trying and reward them when they do go potty. I do recommend the app because it helps explain to the toddler about needing to poo.
My last piece of advice is be prepared to be more excited for pee and poo that you could ever imagine. Be prepared for spontaneous poo dancing. Never underestimate the power of a poo dance.
Bearded with boys.