Potty training: 2 weeks and counting

Little Red is doing great, but definitely still in training. She has a puddle-at-her-feet incident less than once/day. She has only had one tiny bit of a bowel accident (besides this, for which we in no way hold her responsible). She has been dry through every single night and nap without exception.
It is November now, and a time to shout out our thankfullness, so I’ll tell you that I am unspeakably thankful for all of these things. Of course, every month is a time to give thanks, and I would be thankful for such easy toilet training any month of the year.
Now, with all those qualifying statements, I’ll just add that she is still going through 5 pairs of undies/day and spends half the day with none at all. Nearly every time she needs to go, she notices just a little too late. She starts, grabs herself, and sounds the potty alarm. By that time, there is invariably a small wet circle in the front of her dress.
Did I mention invariably?
I suppose I’m thankful that, at her tender age, she already has the control to stop mid-stream. One puddle/day reminds me to be thankful that there aren’t far more.


  1. ToiletBuddies says:

  2. I have a just turned three year old who refuses to sit on the potty. I cant decide if she is afraid (as she seems to be) or we are in a giant power struggle. She loves Dora the Explorer so I bought her a Dora potty seat and a Dora step stool thinking this would be great fun. We all made a big deal about it, and how she was going to be a big girl just like Dora. I went upstairs and when I came down the seat and step stool had been put in the kitchen trash can by my very stubborn but oh so sweet three year old. Any ideas? I am really not that worried. I know she will not go to kindergarten in diapers. Peer pressure should kick in way before that.

  3. Meredith_in_Aus says:

    I meant she has a big #1 accident at dinner – not a bm accident! (gross)

  4. Meredith_in_Aus says:

    Hi Kim

    Way to go, Red!

    My little Chelsea (turned 2 in June) has been in training one week now. I’m still taking her regularly, but she also does initiate from time-to-time – personally, I think she initiates when she feels the urge for an m&m (wink). We’re still having the bm accidents daily, but she’s getting there on that too. I just gotta remember to put her on just before we sit down to dinner. Seems to be when she has a big accident.

    PT is so fun, don’cha think?

    In Him

    Meredith in Aus

  5. Kim–I hear ya! We just got truly serious today about potty training….oh how fun……..

  6. Oh, but I did.
    I found your url in my visitor stats. I like to see how people find my blog.

  7. This post calls to mind the fact that I really should get “serious” about training my daughter. She’s younger than the others were, but has a lot of control already. I guess I’m just a bit lazy. It’s easier to change a diaper sometimes than sprint through the grocery store to the potty!

    BTW Kim, there is only a teeny-tiny possibility that you’ve been to my blog, though I’m thrilled if you have. I only created it Saturday! Here’s the URL, if you’re so inclined.

    Grace and peace, Heather

  8. I was very frustrated as well with potty training. When I was researching potty training a common theme seemed to be praise and positive reinforcement. I came across a website called http://www.pottytrainingrewards.com. We hung it in the kitchen and named the little boy on the front of the package, “Bobby”. My son could not wait to go to the potty so he could push the button, hear the praising message, and get his chocolate reward from, “Bobby”. It really got my son excited about using the potty himself and it was fun for him. Because he became so involved, potty training was easy. So give it a try.

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