Potty Training Progress

We seem to be making some headway after initiating our new potty training tactics after Gavin’s most recent regression.  Although we started the reward system about a month ago, we’ve only just started to see some positive results.  Looks like Gavin is more ready for toilet training than I had recently anticipated.

Several days ago, Gavin started telling again that he needed to poop before the fact.  Expecting that he had already done so in his diaper, I was somewhat surprised to find his diaper empty.  I rushed him to the bathroom where he compliantly allowed me to remove his diaper and seat him on his toilet seat.  He then proceeded with his business and I rewarded him with two stickers (I had decided to increase the poop incentive since he seemed almost against the idea of telling me he needed to poop).

The following day, we had a repeat success.  The day after, he pooped while we were having dinner in a Vietnamese restaurant.  I had initially assumed our success was temporary when that occurred.  Since the accident in the Vietnamese restaurant, we have since been rewarded with two more successful toilet poops.

So far, all successful incidences occurred while we were at home which leads me to suspect that Gavin may be too distracted when we’re out and about to remember to tell us before the fact.  He appears to have some home-ground advantage where poop is concerned.

Assuming that these recent successes will continue, it looks like it is now time to concentrate on the peeing part.  Hubby suggested we try letting him go diaperless while he is at home to see if that can incentivise him to tell us he needs to pee before the fact.

A little while back, I bought Gavin some Thomas and Friends underwear from Brands Outlet in Ikano.  After showing them to Gavin, he readily agreed to wear them.

Although Gavin has been able to poop directly into the toilet bowl while sitting on his toilet seat, I decided to dig out Gavin’s old potty in case he can’t hold long enough for me to get him to the toilet.  I’ve made this assumption on the basis that it is easier to hold back a poop than it is to hold back peeing.

On our first night going diaper free, Gavin practiced sitting on his potty three times.  I call it practicing because he didn’t actually pee despite the fact that he told me all three times that he needed to go.  We didn’t keep him diaper free for long since we had to go out after dinner.  The Thomas and Friends underwear may have worked a little too well because Gavin was rather reluctant to revert back to his diaper which we thought would be prudent if we were planning to take him out.

So far we’ve been diaper-free for only one night so it is a little premature to say how well this little experiment is going.  Let’s see what progress we make by the end of the week.


Potty training isn’t the only progress Gavin has made…  He’s also recently started sitting in his ride along rather than pushing it from behind.  When Gavin was younger, he had a habit of pushing his ride along rather than riding it.  I assume that was being we would push him from behind and he was copying our actions.

Since none of us adults were small enough or light enough to actually show him how it was used, there wasn’t much we could do to correct this.  And being the first and only child, Gavin hasn’t had an older sibling to model after.

However, somewhere between that time and recently, he has discovered the art of riding a ride on (though where exactly, I am uncertain).

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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