Not my bathroom.
Potty training has not been an easy task for my little guy. We have been trying to teach him pretty much since just before he turned 3. He's about to turn four in March and insists he's a "big boy" and I think we are both getting tired of him having to wear a diaper just in case. He will use the toilet with help to go pee but he still has one problem - he won't poop in the toilet and I don't exactly know why.

No matter the bribes with goodies and treats, pleads & guesses he would find a way to get around it. During the day he would simply just go in his pants, diaper or not. He would go in the bath, really gross for everyone. Even after bath with an attempt to sit him on the toilet he would do it in the clean diaper that was meant for accidents overnight. It felt like a never ending cycle.

My motherly instinct tells me he is ready but something is holding him back. Confidence maybe? Maybe he has a fear of leaving the comfort zone of wearing his diaper.
For the past two weeks it's been dirty laundry load after load of Little guys dirty duds as we tried again. This time more determined than before.

No luck with that. He kept going down the same path. Tonight he took a step forward. He made progress which made both him and I very proud. During bath he attempted to do the deed in the tub and I caught him mid-face making!

I plucked him out of the tub and sat him on the toilet seat to try, hoping that this time could be it. He didn't want to, he even said "no thank you!". He started fidgeting and playing around with items on a shelf beside the toilet seat instead.

Then something caught his attention, a tube of baby lotion.  We usually put lotion on after a bath. He said "put it on?" and a light bulb went off! Desperate, I told him I'd only put the cream on if he did a poop in the toilet first. I thought to myself "he's not going to buy this one mom".

To my surprise he sighed, as if he had to think about it or something and then it happened. His little face became tight, turning red he grunted and he finally did it! His eyes widened and a huge smile spread across his proud face. "Look! It's in dere!" he yelled out as he flushed his business away.

We were both so proud, the look on his face was just priceless. He gave me a big two thumbs up and kept repeating how he "pooped in da tow-yet!".

Now, as happy as we are with the progress, it's not over yet. It's going to take some time before he gets it completely but at least we are on the right path and making progress! A sigh of relief is much needed!

Not the most exciting milestone but a milestone and all part of having kids right? Let's hope the big boy continues with great success on his journey with potty training!

My little big boy :)

Next step is getting him to remember when he has to go!

Share some of your potty training adventures in the comments below. Who knows, maybe I could use your method! ;)


*Post written by AME based on actual events. Opinions are honest and those of AME*

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  1. Potty training is not for the weak! It took me a while to get Little One trained. She just turned 3 and is now fully trained. I did it over the Christmas holidays. I had her go without diaper/pull-up/panties for the entire two weeks and she made the connection. I think they're ready when they're ready. We had a major setback in the fall with the potty training and had to restart on the holidays. She got it the second time around :)

  2. whatever works right??? sounds like he on the right path

  3. Yahoo!! That is a big deal! Good job little man :)

  4. With my middle son that I trained in September to get him to pee on the potty which he totally could do but refused it was "if you want to go to McDonalds for dinner you have to keep those undies clean all day" it was 7 am. I seriously kept thinking what I would make for dinner LOL We had McDonalds I was so happy!!

  5. awww yay!!!! good job thinking of that one!

  6. YAY for your little man! Your story sounds ever SO familiar!

    My little guy showed huge signs of being ready in September and after a month of accident (#2) after accident in his underpants , we eventually gave him a break. Then one day in December, he came to me with his underpants on claiming that he wasn't a baby, he didn't need a diaper and he would go to the bathroom in the potty.

    He has only had a couple of accidents since then (which is bound to happen) and I am one happy Mommy! We still struggle with #2 - he often asks if he can have a diaper and for the time being, I don't fight him on it - he'll figure it out when he's ready! I hope! *fingers crossed*

    Good luck! It sounds like he's making huge progress. It can be so frustrating!

  7. Thanks everyone for your support. Little guy has been doing alright in his t-training! We are hoping it continues and he is daytime diaper free by spring! :) Cross your fingers!


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