Yes friends, it has happened. Liam is now an underpants wearing, potty using grown up! It happened quickly, in literally one week, and Conor & I are thrilled to be done with diapers for... a whole 2 months! I first shared the news on Instagram, and you all had just the sweetest comments! Some wanted to know all about the magic or our secrets, and while it was all Liam's doing, I will still share our experience...
We've had a little potty since around when Liam turned two. We talked about it occasionally and just had it available in case he ever showed an interest in using it. He had no problem sitting on it, and in fact would spend close to an hour at a time on it if we would read books with him. Our boys loves his books. But not once, in all those months & days of sitting & reading did he pee in the potty. Never. Not even on accident. Still, we never felt rushed to get him trained and knew that he would do it in his own timing when he was ready.
Well about two weeks ago, we started noticing that Liam was going through a huge mental leap. His conversations with us were becoming more in depth & he was just acting like a new boy (for better & sometimes for worse); it really felt like he was growing right before us. He started eating like crazy and taking super long naps, so I knew we were in the middle of a growth spurt! I didn't think any thing of this at the time, but in hindsight it makes sense that this happened right before he decided to potty train himself.
So, a friend just happened to give us a couple of potty books on a Thursday, we read them one time and then forgot about it. Perhaps this triggered something, but we will never know for sure. On Saturday night Liam wanted to be a naked nudey after bath time, so I reminded him that he didn't have a diaper on and should use the potty if he needed to pee. Just a simple phrase that I've said to him many a time. And then not 5 minutes later he walked over to his potty and peed! I was in shock! We clapped, we cheered, we ran upstairs to tell Daddy! I was pumped & Liam was beaming with pride!
The next two days Liam wore undies just while we were at home and continued to use the potty. He may have one accident a day, but in general he was nailing it! We prompted him often and usually he would go straight to his potty. After a couple of successful days, we ditched the day time diapers all together, even when we were out & about. He was a bit nervous of public toilets at first; he said they were loud, and damn some of them are! And those automatic flushers potentially going off while you are still sitting...? Terrifying business. So we brought his little potty in the car with us when we left the house.
Again he nailed it in a couple of days and we were accident free! Pooping in the potty took a couple more days, because apparently that comes with its own set of fears. Who knew. And then after a few more days, Liam decided he was ready to wear undies full-time, even to bed... We were incredibly nervous going into that first night! He had one accident that night, but has otherwise been successful at staying dry!!! Typically he pees 1-2 times during the night when he wakes up, but he lets us know if he needs to go. We don't intentionally wake him or anything.
All of that simply took one week. No staying home for days on end. No crazy "boot camp" or training methods. No bribery, although there were a few treats involved here or there. Generally, he was just so excited to use the potty that our praise was enough! I'm thrilled that he did this all on his own time and that we never pushed it. A week later, we don't even have to prompt him anymore; he simply tells us when he needs to go! Conor & I are still in awe that this just happened.
Hopefully this post gives some of you a little confidence & a little patience
in knowing that it will happen for your toddler at the right time!
And you're welcome for not sharing any ridiculous potty pictures.