I’m not sure Odin is going to like me posting the photo of him on the loo while on the phone when he’s older, but it’s the only one I have of him sitting there! I should definitely take more, he’s too cute. He found an old phone at the take it or leave it and sat there talking to all of his relatives for about fifteen minutes.
I wasn’t sure I was going to write a post on potty training, but so many people have asked and continue to ask so I guess I’ll write a little something for you! I guess I’ll start at the beginning (what better place to start?). We had tried a few times to toilet train, but every time we did Odin was just not interested. He spent a majority of the Summer running around outside in the nude and even through the Fall and Winter, spent his indoor time equally bare. I think pants-free time helped him a lot to realize when he needed to go and what happened if he did. The little potty joined us in our main room for a few months before Odin started to really use it. We wanted to do the three day potty training technique but never had the right timeline for it. With the three day technique, you let babe go bottom-less for three days. The first day you don’t leave the house and watched your little bub like a HAWK. I tried to do this a few times by myself, but it’s really very difficult. When they recommend having a partner with you they mean it. I would watch him for more than an hour, bring him to the loo and he would not go. I’d run to the bathroom as quickly as I could and by the time those 30 seconds had passed, Odin was jumping in a puddle that he had made himself. On the second day, you do much of the same thing. By this point, little one should sort of understand using the toilet and may still need encouragement from you but will understand the relationship. By the third day, your little should really start to understand it. The few times we tried this technique, Odin wasn’t quite into it and I would give up after the first two days and snap a nappy back on his cute lil bum.
Then came time to travel to Florida to see my family. Potty training right before this sounded like we were setting ourselves up for disaster, so we decided to wait until our return. When we did arrive back home month later, we spent the first day settling in. The second day, I was letting Odin air out a bit sans nappy and after playing with his toys for a bit, he stood up and walked right over to the potty and just went. Zak and I were so amazed, we decided to just go with it and he hasn’t really worn diapers since. That was two months ago now! We would put a nappy on him at night, but about a month ago, he just flat out refused to wear one and demanded his undies. For this past month, I’ve had to wake up with him once sometimes twice a night to bring him to the bathroom, but last night he slept from 10pm-8am without an accident. I’m hoping that habit sticks.
During the day for that first month, if we were home Odin would be bottom-less. We would make out of the house trips very short and have him go before and immediately after whatever short outing we were on. We tried a few times to put little undies on him, but each time he would have an accident. I think he still thought he was wearing dipes? Makes sense. This past month though, he will be fully dressed and still let us know when he has to go. I’m still a little scared when we’re out, but most of the time he’s sure to tell us when he needs to go. Earlier this week it was in the library in the middle of a great silence. He yelled, “PEEEEEEEE!” as loudly as he could. We dropped everything and rushed to the nearest toilet.
Odin was very easy to potty train. I think a lot of it has to do with how we act with and around him. We’ve always included him in everything and we talk him through anything we are doing. He also never wore a disposable diaper and I’ve heard that using cloth really helps with early potty training. Every child is SO different though and this milestone needs to happen when the child is ready. Encouragement helps and I believe there’s a small window when they are young where you can influence early toilet learning. Odin is very lucky to have his mumma home with him all the time (who am I kidding? I’m the lucky one!) and being able to watch his mama’s routine probably helped him in wanting to do the same. We never used bribery really, it has always been more like “Odin, if you want to go on a walk, we need to go potty first. We cannot leave the house until you go!” But we never used chocolates or treats as a bribe unless we had planned to give him that treat already. He’s always been fond of rewards like reading books together or making art.
Odin will be two in about a month and I’m happy to say he’s officially potty trained. How rad, right?! I’m especially loving being able to hold off doing laundry all week. Once a week, generally. Ahh, I thought it would never happen! No more cloth nappies!