I’ve been trying out this infant potty training idea for almost two weeks now. Like I have said before, at first I thought it was a really silly idea, but decided to try it out anyway.
In this short amount of time, I have become a believer in this method. I totally wished I had tried it with my other two boys. Whether the whole idea is less about infant training and more about parent training, and the babies are simply exhibiting a Pavlovian response to cues, I don’t know….but I really don’t care either. All I know is that it is working with relatively little effort, and it is so much more pleasant than dealing with stinky diapers.
So, how do I measure success? I’m not naive enough to believe that Landon is going to start coming to me on his own anytime soon telling me he needs to go potty, or that he will just stop having any accidents like a toddler will eventually do. I measure success by the fact that I’m changing significantly fewer diapers on a daily basis than before.
I think I can safely say that I am catching at least 50% of Landon’s pees and 75% of his poops on average. Most of this has been done using the Baby Bjorn Little Potty. Initially, Landon was uncomfortable sitting on it, but for a few days I fed him bottles while sitting on it, and now he has no problem with it. He likes it alot better than me holding him up over the sink or toilet.
I was really amused by the whole thing at church tonight. Midway through the Easter service I got the feeling that Landon needed to go potty, by the way he was squirming and starting to pass gas a bit. I slipped out and took him to the bathroom, undiapered him, and held him over the potty where he promptly pooped and peed for me. We were out of the service for a total of 5 minutes. It was awesome! A diaper change for that amount of poop would have taken longer and been much stinkier. I think Landon was pretty proud of himself, too…he just beamed at me!
End conclusion: I will be continuing this….each day gets better and better. Initially I had a hard time keeping him dry in the morning, but either through reading body signals better or intuition, I’m catching more of them. And the best part of all of this is, if during part of a day I’m distracted or out running errands and can’t stay on top of the training, it’s no big deal…I just cloth or disposable diaper him and get back to taking him potty when I’m able and he remembers what he’s supposed to do.