Journal Day 2 – When do Boys Potty Train?
Thankfully the weather has cleared up and we have been able to resume our activities outside. I cannot tell you how good it smells to be outside after a rain. The air is so clear and crisp, and there are puddles everywhere to splash in. Well, that is if you don’t live in Arizona.
Here we have what you might call dry rain. Even when it rains, there is no lingering moisture in the air. Literally it was snowing the other day and I could not make a cloud with my breath to show Toddler because of the lack of moisture in the air. Not anything like where I grew up near San Francisco.
Since we had so much fun yesterday spending as much time as possible outside, we were all very tired when bedtime came around. There were no struggles to get into pajamas and we both just sat there watching Netflix waiting for Dad to get home from work.
Once Dad gets home from work, there is a little time to spend with him then bed time. Dad works until 6:30pm and with a full day that is pretty much the limit of Toddler’s awake time.
We said our hellos and snuggles with Dad, shared our day and asked how Dad’s day had been. Then we settle back in to watch the rest of the show we were watching and then bedtime routine.
Well, all of a sudden Toddler stands up, looks down at me, and says “Poop”. I look at him, and ask, “Did you poop?” He says no, so then I follow up with “Do you need to poop?” which he promptly replies “Yea!”. He climbs down and runs over to the bathroom door.
I had purchased a training toilet for him several months ago to be prepared for potty training. I had been keeping it in his play room to get him used to it being there since we keep the bathroom door closed when he is up and about.
So I go into the playroom and grab the little toilet and take it into the bathroom. He follows and watches, then lets me take his pjs off and remove his diaper. He sits down dutifully and just sits there looking up at me like I am supposed to do something.
Training Without Training
After about a minute, he starts to do the little straining noises he does when he is pooping and I thought “Oh my gosh this is really happening! I haven’t even started potty training yet in any sort of dedicated way and he is already using the toilet!” Then the cutest, semi-loud fart issues forth from his butt and echos in the empty toilet bowl. We both started laughing as we looked at one another.
He then just kept sitting there so I thought that maybe more was going to come out. Not the case. I asked him about a minute later if he had to pop still and he said no. Then I helped him stand up from the toilet and put his diaper and pjs back on. He then turned around, put the lid down, and pushed the button on the back of the little toilet that makes a flushing noise and lights up. I have told him that is what we do when we are done using the toilet.
Next we just continued with our bedtime routine. I got him his tooth brush and I got mine and he sat down on the toilet lid to brush his teeth. He seemed ever so pleased with himself and I couldn’t help but keep smiling at the thought that maybe potty training was going to be easier than I had been lead to believe.
One Can Hope
In preparation of potty training, I have done a lot of reading and research into how and when. My main question was when do boys potty train. The answer is basically when they do. There is an age window that is “typical” but every child is different.
From all my readings, the biggest take away is that I need to wait until Toddler is ready and not do it when I’m ready. If I rush it, it could cause lots of strain, anxiety, and even might make him resist potty training since I am making such a big about it. These are the last things that I want to do.
So I continue to have a healthy stock of diapers on hand and just keep watching for signs that he is ready. What he did by telling me he had to poop, even though it was only a fart, was a very good sign that he is starting to realize that when his body feels a certain way, he has to go potty. All I have to do is keep encouraging that and push ever so gently. This is going to be very much a lead-by-him training.
If you are interested, I have linked the toilet that I got and am now using below for you to check out. Toddler’s favorite part is the button that lights up and makes the flushing noise when pushed. I love how easy it is to move, will be to clean(has a removable catch pan, and has a space to hold wipes in the “tank”.
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Suggested Resources & Reading
- Nuby My Real Potty Training Toilet sold on Amazon
- Potty training: How to Get the Job Done
- The Best Potty Training Tips From Experts and Parents
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