Thursday, April 7, 2011

Potty training progress

All the hard work and consistency of practicing elimination communication from the time Teresa was about 3 months old has paid off: Teresa is now (mostly) potty trained! I'd say she's been doing very well since she turned 2. She's now 2 years and almost 2 months old and she wears panties all day long, even when we go out and about. She still has about 3 accidents per week. She has only had 2 deliberate pants wettings that I can remember - I hope potty usage never becomes a control/independence issue for her.

Teresa does wear a diaper at night, since she sleeps about 10 hours in her crib and thus can't get out if she needs to go. She has woken up in the middle of the night and called out to us to "go potty" maybe twice. Otherwise, she wakes up in the morning with a dry diaper (and keeps it dry while playing in her crib for a few minutes) about 50% of the time these days. I've only been washing diaper laundry every 6 or 7 days, but oh how soon that's going to change!

The only trouble we've been having with the potty training is Teresa's unwillingness to use some toilets away from home, even with the portable potty seat she had previously accepted. Lately she's refused to sit on it and go, even after she said she had to. David suggested we use it at home again to get her comfortable on it again.

One funny thing related to pottying: Teresa will sometimes ask to go potty when she's part way through a meal. That's not uncommon, but the interesting thing is that she usually takes one more bite or one more sip before she gets down from her chair to dash to the bathroom!


Katherine T. Lauer said...


Katherine T. Lauer said...

P.S. After you visited on Monday and we talked about Mary's unwillingness to potty train, we had more excitement. In the afternoon, Mary approached me, having removed her diaper, and informed me, "Mama, there is some poop on the floor." Oh, really? She had taken off her diaper and pooped on the rug in the den. Do you know how hard it is to find pieces of poop spread all over a dark burgandy and brown Oriental rug? Every time I thought I had found it all, I'd find some more. I was seeing red! Anyway, thought you'd get a chuckle since we'd just been talking about my troubles!