It’s Potty Time?!

Olivia is one month and one week away from her second birthday, and she did something recently that sent panic coursing through me. She asked to use the potty.

I was not prepared for this. I knew potty training would be coming soon enough, but our pediatrician told me that Olivia wouldn’t be ready until she was no longer wet in the morning. But now here she is, running after me every time I go to the bathroom, crying, “I wanna potty! My potty! Mine!” Uhhhhhh. . .??

I don’t know if she really wants to try using the potty or if she’s just saying it to say it. The doctor didn’t mention anything about children who beg to use the potty. I don’t think I’ve ever once even mentioned going to the bathroom like a “big girl” because I’ve heard and read so much about not pushing it too early, so I’m not sure where this is coming from.

Anyone else experienced this? Should I ignore it or run out and buy a potty? Any suggestions on a good training potty? I’ve seen the Elmo one at Target and figured I might start with that since she loves Sesame Street. Lots (and lots) of questions! Any tips/advice would be appreciated!

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4 Responses to It’s Potty Time?!

  1. Erin says:

    Ahhh! My friend’s daughter did this right about the age that O is right now. She was obsessed with the potty…begging to use it. She did successfully pee for a few days and then lost all interest. She is now almost 2.5 and refuses to potty anywhere but her diaper. :/ I think sometimes kids get interested just because their parents are doing it (like drinking from our glasses, etc. etc.) but it never pans out because they are actually not ready. And like you said, getting on that horse too early can be a nightmare for lots of reasons.

    Not saying that she is not ready. Obviously you would know!

    If you are interested what we did with E, I’d be happy to share. He trained in 3 days except for nap time and bedtime (no lie). I waited until I knew he was good and ready at 2 years, 3 months. He still wears a diaper to bed because he still pees a bit while sleeping, so thankfully I didn’t wait until he was waking up dry. I think we’d still be waiting. 😉

    • mommachine says:

      Erin, I was just thinking about you yesterday! That is awesome that E trained in just 3 days. I would love any tips/advice you have. I know boys can sometimes potty train a little differently than girls, but it’s not like I’ve ever done either. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail. Hope you’re well!

  2. Marci says:

    Jack was potty trained when he a month shy of 2.5. I bought a Baby Bjorn potty for both of our bathrooms just before Jack turned 2. I would sit him on the potty 1-2x times a day at first (at set times as part of his routine) and then we gradually increased. One day he asked for big boy underwear and so i bought some. I put them on him one day and we never went back to diapers during the day. I disagree with pediatrician about her being dry in the morning as a readiness sign of potty training. Overnight dryness is often one of the last milestones in potty training. Jack still wears pull ups for naps/nightime, as do most of his friends. It is a very different physiological skill to stay dry for 10-12 hrs vs 3-4. Most children are capable of being trained during the day sometime between 2-3 (the most common “windows” of willingness are around 2, 2.5, and 3), but dryness throughout the night can take several years after that (on average up to age 5). Jack will be 3 in a couple of months and hasn’t had a single accident in about 3 months. I would say if she is interested, take advantage of the 2 yr old window!

    • mommachine says:

      Thanks Marci! You’re the second person the mention the Baby Bjorn potty, so I’ll have to check that one out. I think I’m going to get one for each bathroom to at least start getting her used to the idea. Even if she doesn’t start using them right away, I’ll need them eventually anyway.