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Monday, January 20, 2014

Our potty training journey, so far.

A couple months ago I posted this about our potty training journey. He is now 3 years and 5 months old.

Shortly after that we started cracking down more and making him wear underwear constantly. He stopped peeing/pooping IN his underwear and started pulling them down to do it on the floor. UGH. That definitely was not any better. We would ask him if he needed to pee, he would say no then, minutes later do it on the floor. So frustrating. Brayden isn't the best at communication. We think he's a little behind therefore, it's hard for him to tell us how he is feeling. He seemed very frustrated too.

One month later: I stopped letting potty training stress me out. If he wanted to do it he would it. We briefly let him stay in diapers. He burned through diapers. He would pee and instantly take the diaper off. I told him if he was going to do that then, he wasn't allowed to wear diapers. I explained that he knows how to go to the potty so he should. From then on he wore underwear. He finally started going to the bathroom around that time.

Two months later: He has come a LONG way. He wears underwear most of the time. When he wakes up in the morning he often keeps his diaper on for a little while (little to no pee in it through the night). He stands outside the bathroom and says "I need to pee" even with a diaper on. He can't open the doors at our new house. We open the door, he turns the light, he lifts the seats up, he pees, flushes, washes his hands (with help), turns off the light and shuts the door. He has perfected peeing. Poop, however, that's a different story. He poops in the potty less than half of the time. He still sometimes poops on the floor. He understands that he is not a dog and shouldn't do it on the floor. We are trying to be stern and stop him from doing this.

I'll do another update and two months hopefully we will be completely accident free by then!


  1. I am SO EXCITED to read this! YOU GO BRAYDEN! I knew he could do it, he's clearly a smart cookie, it just seems he gets set about certain ways and until a smooth communication pattern builds up it's just going to seem like he's being stubborn. And YOU GO RJ AND JESSIE! Proud of you, too! Keep on keepin' on!

  2. Thank you! I'm so excited to only deal with an accident every once and a while instead of ALL day. He is a VERY stubborn and hardheaded kid. He comes by it honestly though. ;) I've been reading a lot on how to talk through things with a toddler that lacks some communication. It's really helped. Now I'm just trying to teach Rj on what he should and shouldn't say. Thank you!


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