Poopy Trained

by Kayte

A full year after his sister, I am officially declaring Max potty trained! After two weeks of using The Poop Basket with no accidents, we exchanged daily rewards for the ultimate prize: a battery-operated, motorized, Gordon the Tank Engine to add to our railway set.


As with Lola, we’ve still been putting in Max in diapers overnight (because sleep still trumps undies), but he has been waking up dry most mornings. One morning I even heard him get up before the clock was on, go to the bathroom all by himself, and then go back to bed. Things are slowly but surely getting easier.

The Poop Basket

by Kayte

Earlier this summer we decided to take a break from potty training and we put Max back into diapers. We were getting so frustrated cleaning up poopy accidents and washing laundry, and it just didn’t seem to be clicking for him. Things were getting a little tense so we decided to take a break, let some time pass, and wait for a fresh start. He still wasn’t giving us any readiness signs, but fast-forward three months later Max’s teacher wanted him OUT of diapers so we decided to try again over the long Labor Day weekend.

This time we brought out the big guns: The Poop Basket. We filled a basket with toys and treats, put him in undies, and told him every time he pooped in the potty he would get a prize. Well the very first day he pooped in the potty SEVEN times (Lola went FOUR) so it cost me $11 in dollar-store chotchkies but, as they say, not having to change a diaper was priceless. Things slowed down a bit after that first day, but we successfully stayed diaper-free throughout the whole weekend with ZERO accidents. Hooray!

I figure I’ll keep the Poop Basket going for the next week or so, and then start weaning the value of the prizes and eventually phase it out completely. Until then we are enjoying living in a diaper-free household.

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Direct Hit

by Kayte

Max pooped in the potty! Apparently all it takes is proper motivation: dad bought him a bag of Jelly Belly beans as a reward. He did it all by himself too. I was cooking breakfast in the kitchen when all of a sudden I heard a little voice from the bathroom: “Mommy I pooped!” Let’s hope this is the start of a new chapter in our bathroom book.


Doctor’s Orders

by Kayte

Max has been wearing underpants since March and has been doing really great with pee…BUT for some reason the poop-in-the-potty has not been clicking. For two months he has been pooping in his underpants, and for two months we have been cleaning it up. Everyone I’ve talked to says “it’s a boy thing” but we are really getting frustrated with it. How a pants-load of poop is not enough motivation to go in the toilet is beyond me. At our last wellness visit Max got an official Rx to “poop in the potty” – doctor’s orders!


This past week we finally ditched the underpants and went back to cloth diaper covers without the liner. It makes it easier for us to clean up, but won’t absorb the pee so he can’t revert back to peeing in a diaper. Any advice would be most appreciated – we’re at the end of our rope with this one.

Potty Learning

by Kayte

Max has been doing great with the potty this week! He’s been in underpants since Thursday with only a couple pee pee accidents. He hasn’t quite caught on with #2 yet, but I’m hoping that will soon follow. The key to our success has been M&Ms. We were having such a hard time even getting Max ON the potty (“No it’s okay, I can go in my diaper.”) but with a little chocolate incentive he was more than willing to play ball. The first couple days he (and Lola, to be fair) peed 15+ times per day, squeezing out drops just to get an M&M. Surprisingly that phased out by day three and they both went to a more normal 4-5 pees a day. Max is still wearing diapers at night, but they’ve been less wet in the morning, and I figure we can work on that later. In the meantime I’ve been doing less laundry which is great.

Today Max independently went into the bathroom, pulled down his pants, peed in the potty, then got himself his own reward!

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Potty Trained

by Kayte

I am officially declaring Lola potty trained! About a month ago she started fighting diaper changes and asking to go on the potty instead. After a few days of this I finally just switched her to underpants. Lola had a few accidents along the way (of course), but she caught on quickly. She’s now been accident-free for 2-1/2 weeks (#1 and #2!) and tells us when she needs to go. She still needs help getting her pants up and down so it’s not totally hands-free yet, but at least I’m washing diapers half as often. I’ve also still been putting her in a diaper overnight (a good night’s sleep takes priority over potty training any day) but she wakes up dry every morning and holds it until we get to the pot.

Max has been pretty disinterested throughout the whole process, and when given a choice (diaper or underpants?) he tells us “I like my diaper.” He’s starting to fight diaper changes too, though, so maybe he’s not too far behind.

Drip Drop

by Kayte

After a couple days of dribbles, Max finally caught up to his sister (quantity-wise at least). I still wouldn’t say we’re potty training in earnest, but at least it’s a couple less diapers to change per day.

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Pee Pee in the Potty

by Kayte

We haven’t been doing much in the way of potty training lately. After reading a bit more on the subject, Max & Lola weren’t showing any of the readiness signs. And after watching a few friends go through the ordeal, I decided that diapers are really not that bad.

This past week Max has been telling us every time he pees or poos in his diaper, and walking around all funny until we change him, so I thought that might be our cue. He was sitting on the potty tonight when Lola asked to try too. She sat down, peed right away, and stood up all proud. I couldn’t believe it – our first direct hit! I figured it was just a fluke…until she did it again later in the evening. Everyone says girls catch on quicker.


Potty Time

by Kayte

At last week’s pediatrician visit the doc said we should start thinking about potty training. For some reason I always assumed we would potty train Max & Lola at the same time, and that it was pointless to start until Lola could walk. But as we talked more I realized it might actually be easier to potty train one at a time. It sure would be nice to have half the diapers to wash!

I still need to do some research and form a game plan before starting in earnest, but in the meantime we’ve been sitting Max on his potty a few times a day to get him used to the idea. No direct hits yet, but Max sure thinks it is fun. Especially when he has some good reading material.