Potty Training. An Update On Our Toddler

Last post I referenced an article that suggested one should not push potty training given that toddlers are generally fully capable of using the toilet, but for whatever reason choose not to. Further, that pushing them to use the potty rather than diaper can lead to issues like constipation now and later in life. We opted to follow this counsel in part due to the readings we found, and in part given the feedback from our daycare provider who has seen many, many children over the years of all personalities and schedules. I’m glad we did.

About four weeks ago our little one began to use the toilet much more frequently. Today it is the exception for him to soil is diaper vs. tell us that he has to use the potty and walk upstairs on his own to do so. Initially it was progress at home only, with reliance on diapers whenever we were traveling, or at someone else’s home. Roughly three weeks ago he decided that using the potty at his Grandfather’s place was ok, and earlier this week this willingness was extended to his Grandmother’s as well.

We’ve taken potty training / toilet related books out of rotation so as to remove any additional stress and it seems to be working well. We do asks occasinally if we’re at a time that typically would have seen toilet use, but otherwise leave him to tell us when he needs to go. We do cheer him on whenever he says he needs to go, and accompany him to the bathroom cheering all the way.

Now, granted we still use incentives as part of the exercise and have no immediate plans to remove these, but progress is progress and we’re thrilled, as is he! It’s been several days since the last time he woke up with #2 in his diaper, or didn’t make it to the toilet in time in the morning. Number 1 remains an issue, but its improving as well.

Next steps? Pull-ups and underwear when he’s ready, and having him wipe on his own.


Canada.com Lifestyle Offers 10 Environmentally Friendly Things You Can Do For Your Kids

This article actually has 10 suggestions, vs the healthy eating post from earlier today.

I’d suggest that this one might prove as beneficial for the parents as it will for the kids. We all know that once a child gets something in his/her head it’s difficult to reprogram them. I can still remember harrassing my parents about recycling back in the day. As such, these little items may not only help your kids in the near term, but also the planet in the near and long term.

So, the list… here we go:

  • Don’t drive the kids to school if possible. Walk or bike with them both to and from. Not only will this encourage them to be environmentally friendly, but it will get them in shape and let you spend time with them outdoors.
  • If you live in an area with high smog or allergen concentrations be sure to monitor those levels and keep your kids inside when they’re too high. You may have the urge to send the kids outside to play, but in some cases it can do them more respiratory harm than good.
  • Make sure their plastic toys don’t include PVC plastic – or any of the other recently recalled plastics for that matter.
  • Don’t spoil them with gifts and toys. Kids can make their own fun, and if you don’t pile them with toys it may just encourage their creativity… something that will serve them well later in life.
  • Eat organic. There are some suggestions that the hormones added to meats that we regularly consume are serving to accelerate children’s development. The last thing your kid needs is to grow up physically before they’re mentally ready.
  • Avoid high fat, high chemical processed foods. ‘Nuff said.
  • Use natural health and beauty products. Why use chemical-filled soaps and shampoos when natural alternatives are reasonably priced and readily available these days?
  • Avoid toxins in the house where possible. Your children find their way into the craziest places… so why tempt fate?
  • Use cloth diapers rather than disposable diapers. If you must use disposable, make sure they’re as environmentally friendly as possible. Sure its more work, but think about the extent to which those tossed diapers are polluting the environment. Don’t be selfish.
  • Teach them to love nature. I stole that one directly :)

You can find the article here.