I just wanted to drop a quick note on our potty training adventures.
Last week went really well. Isla has done a fantastic job both of using the potty and telling us when she needs to use the potty. She had a couple of days with no accidents at all, and then the rest of the days she had 1-2 accidents, often after she said she needed to go “poopoo” (both #1 and #2 for her) but we didn’t get her to the potty fast enough. One day she had diarrhea and had to be put back in diapers, but that was the only real disaster day and so far, the only time she’s pooped in her undies or pull-up. And over the weekend, she managed her first poopoo in the potty, so hooray! She even managed to use the potty with the sitter when they were at the library and at a play place. Pretty impressive!
We are still diapering at naptime and overnight, but that means we’re down to 1-2 cloth diapers and 1 disposable diaper total for the day. Our diaper pail is so empty! It’s awesome.
I think from here on out the trick will be consistency, watching for her cues and taking her seriously every time she says she needs to go potty (even if she just went 10 minutes before!), and picking up a travel potty seat so she can go more easily when we’re out and about. We had two accidents on Saturday when we were out grocery shopping and having lunch, and in both places Isla needed to go potty and in both places the potties were waaaaay too big for her tiny 17-month-old tush. Apart from that, she’s really got the whole potty thing down. She knows when she has to potty, tells us when she feels the need, and goes once we put her on the toilet without much coaxing. She gets very excited about reading her books, wiping herself (we do final clean-up), washing her hands, then flushing and saying bye-bye to her waste.
Potty training has been a lot of work, but so far, a big success! Hooray for Isla, and hooray for the potty!