Flashback Friday: Well, They Do Make Adult Diapers…

by Abby on July 29, 2011

Here we go again — potty training! Same deal, different kid. Hope you enjoy this post from my archives. (Spoiler alert: Miles DID eventually become potty trained. Whew!)

Well, They Do Make Adult Diapers…

Elmo PottyYou only have to glance at the thickness of What to Expect the First Year and similar tomes to realize that being a parent requires an enormous amount of knowledge and work. Just when you’ve mastered one skill, you need a whole slew of others. Take potty training, for instance. Even while I’ve been patting myself on the back for handling certain baby milestones -– like getting my son to give up the bottle and pacifier -– I am aware that a much bigger issue is looming: toilet training.

My attitude towards this subject is much like my feelings about doing my taxes. I dread it, I resent it, it feels too much like homework, and I hope that if I ignore it, it will all just go away. That said, our pediatrician struck fear in my heart when she mentioned at Miles’ 2-year checkup that after 2 ½, potty training gets exponentially harder. Oh, goody.

Now, I haven’t totally buried my head in the sand on this subject. Long ago, I actually purchased an Elmo potty seat, the kind that fits inside the regular toilet seat. This purchase was made during a certain trip to Babies R Us when Miles was not in the shopping mood. Unfortunately, the potty seat aisle contains approximately 4,012 options.

As I was standing there scratching my head, Miles was shouting, “Want dat! Want dat!” He was pointing at a box of “pee targets” (I believe that’s the technical term), little colored puffs of what looked like Styrofoam that you float in the toilet to encourage your little boy to aim for the bowl and not his shoes. I absentmindedly handed him the box and continued perusing the potty chairs. Before I knew it, he’d torn open the package and popped some of the pee targets INTO HIS MOUTH!! I screamed, snatched the box out of his hands, and ran the hell out of there.

With such an auspicious start to the potty training project, it’s no wonder things didn’t get much better from there. A neighbor gave us a little potty chair that plays music when something hits the bottom of the bowl. As soon as Miles discovered this, he wouldn’t stop sticking his foot into the potty or throwing random things into it, like trains and toothbrushes. When he would agree to sit on it, he’d spend the whole time flipping the little “pee shield” up and down. On the big toilet, he’d wiggle around and unravel roll after roll of toilet paper. About the only part he seemed interested in was the flushing.

OK, so I guess we’ve accomplished Part One of potty training: get subject familiar with the toilet. He’s a little TOO familiar with it, if you ask me. Needless to say, my bathroom cleaning frequency has increased dramatically. The doc also suggested letting Miles run around without a diaper on whenever possible. Is she CRAZY?! We just got a new couch! Anyway, we tried it. This strategy led to more than one puddle on the floor.

I kept pressing the doc on just how exactly to get from Point A to Point B. The most I could get out of her was, “One day he’ll go in the potty by accident and he’ll make the connection.” Uh-huh. I see. One day, it’ll “just happen,” huh? Or like it says cryptically in this little book I got at Target, No More Diapers!, “…and then one day, it worked!” Vague enough for you? Well, it’s been several months and we’re still waiting for “it” to “work.” Until then, I’m keeping the T.P. and the pee targets out of reach.

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Lou Mello July 29, 2011 at 8:06 am

It may be an archive, but, you have once again made me sooooo happy that I have a daughter.


Abby July 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm

LOL! Glad I could help, Lou.


Kim July 29, 2011 at 9:33 am

LOL, I kind of wish for a boy so we could buy those pee targets! How fun 🙂

I think my youngest has become too familiar with what poop is. I know it’s gross, but since I am a scientist by nature when my girls ask questions about the digestive system they get lots of information. But recently my daughter has started taking off her poopy diaper when she is alone, carries it to the bathroom, deposits it in the toilet and doesn’t tell me until afterwards. Yuck! This is something I’ve got to stop, and I hope as we continue the potty training adventures she won’t be so interested in it.


Abby July 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Actually, that’s a good sign! Our pediatrician told us we SHOULD empty the diapers into the toilet so they make the connection that that’s where it’s supposed to go. She’s advanced. 🙂


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