Leo is starting pre-school in September so the potty training has begun… and let me tell you it’s exhausting. I read Diaper Free Before 3 by Jill M. Lekovic which is a great and brief book that goes over the history of potty training and makes a great case for getting your kid out of diapers as early as one. I highly recommend it if you need some motivation getting started with the whole “potty learning” experience. From then on, you’re on your own because “getting started” is about as far as Leo and I have made it. In the book it all sounds fairly cut and dry, you buy a potty and some training pants and you start sitting your kid on the potty when they wake up, after breakfast, before you go out, after lunch, before nap, after nap, before bath, before bed… oh my, that’s a lot of time of the potty!
Leo goes through phases where he is really into it and he loves to sit on the potty while I read him his potty board books; then sometimes he flat-out refuses to sit on the thing. He’s has a lot of success peeing in the potty and will actually clap for himself and scream “YEAH!” while in the act, which is pretty amusing to watch.
He will only be 25 months old when he starts school and everyone keeps telling me “that’s very young for a boy to potty train” and that it’s “too early” and all kinds of other really encouraging things. At the end of the day, it has to get done eventually so why not try to get it done now.
And yes it’s a lot of work, it is most certainly more work than changing a few diapers a day but Leo is a pretty independent kid and I know in the end he’ll be happier when he doesn’t have to rely on me to go to the potty. So we keep trying.
And seriously, how cute are these little training pants?