We’re in the process of toilet training Zacharie. He’ll be 3 in May, and while some of our friends and family managed to tackle the task earlier, we’re just getting around to it now.
We thought we had a breakthrough last year when he would sit on the potty, but then amidst a move and birth of his new brother, keeping up with the habit slipped.
However, during the whole time we kept talking to Zacharie about peeing on the potty. We’d ask him if he wanted to go. We’d tell him he could go. We’d remind him that big boys do go on the potty and showed him all the cute big boy underwear that was waiting for him if he would learn to pee on the potty.
The past month he’s gotten to the point where he tells us immediately after something happens, but the past 2 weeks we’ve been able to get him to tell us before. So we’re getting there.
I asked some friends on Facebook and Twitter for advice in their methods and some said you just go cold turkey, others recommended Potty Time with Elmo on DVD, another suggested Cheerios in the toilet for target practice.
That would imply standing to do your business. Here’s a confession – I sit. I have since my mid teens when I wore bikini underwear that didnt have “access” to easily stand (it was the 80s, cut me some slack). So with Zacharie, I have no urge to make him stand. Sitting on the potty is just fine by me.
It’s easier to hit the target when you’re sitting down, there’s a seat right there ready for you to use, and there’s no splashing from great heights. The best reason, of course, is no stereotypical fight between my wife and I about “leaving the seat up.”
Most videos and theories about toilet training children starts with them sitting on the potty (girls AND boys) so for me it begs the question, when did you make the switch to get them to stand, and why?