Shortly after he could sit up independently, Piglet started sitting on the potty after each main meal.
I mean, I put him there.
Was it when he was 7 months old? 8 months old? Thereabouts.
In less than a week, he got used to my cues for him to pee. I’d say, “Piglet, want to shee shee?” and he’d do his thing. I was so proud! Puppy and Lamb got a real kick from hearing me make peeing noises to encourage him. “Shhhh…… shhhhhh……”
After about a month of pee training, I got Piglet started on the bigger project – poo-ing. Here is where Puppy and Lamb REALLY started belly laughing. I suppose hearing me make groaning and straining noises coupled with contorted facial expressions provided interesting entertainment. “Nghhhhh…… nghhhh……”
(Let me tell you that doing all this for another person’s benefit when I’m desperate oh so desperate to run to the loo myself is nothing short of a Tremendous Feat of Nature. You try it. Go on.)
Anyway, I am glad to report that Piglet’s familiarity with the potty in matters both Big and Small has brought us much mutual delight. I am saving on a few nappy changes, and Piglet (now 15 months) is always proud he’s achieving something.
Not that Piglet is potty trained in the technical sense, of course. I have just been reading his body language and developing toileting cues.
Encouraging a baby/toddler to sit on a potty for a sufficient time to allow Business to happen requires a cool, relaxed attitude and some amount of creativity. At first I let him play with plastic cups, spoons and a variety of containers when he was perched on the Throne. When he got tired of that, I remembered a nifty activity that my friend, Ingrid, does with her children.
(A thousand apologies for associating my favourite brand of shoes with potty training. I have no doubt this won’t affect sales, of course.)
This is how it works: Play a game of Postman.
1. Cut a slit in the top of a shoe box.
2. Show Potty Trainee how to insert a game card into the slit by doing it yourself.
3. Let him try it for himself. (You will have to angle the box in such a way so that he can get it right and feel happy with himself.)
4. Reward Potty Trainee/Postman with thunderous applause. (Cheering and clapping hands usually suffices.)
Make sure there is a stack of cards available for the activity to continue as long as the Potty Trainee enjoys it. And never force a kid to sit on the potty. Get him off when he starts becoming unhappy.
It’s not always I get to play Postman with Piglet because Business sometimes happens quickly and further encouragement isn’t necessary. We always enjoy the game though.
Thank you Ingrid for the great idea! I’m so happy how it’s worked for us.
Just thought I’d share with everyone else!