Rumor has it that potty training boys can be a challenge.
I thought I was ready for this obstacle. Let me tell you how wrong I was.
Kairo poops on the toilet. He hasn’t pooped in his diaper in months now.
One of Bae’s closest friends (who happens to be one of the coolest moms ever) hooked us up with a potty training book. It’s called Potty. He’d sit on the toilet just so he could read this. Now, he rarely lets loose in his diaper.
If you’re looking for legitimate advice, check out out her post on potty training. Because of her, I haven’t had to touch Kairo’s poopy diapers in months. Just know, she’s bout that potty life.
I, on the other hand, don’t necessarily do advice. I just report the world as is. So without further adieu:
On the very first day, I decided to go with the “let’s just skip the diaper stage.” I threw Kairo in some underwear that we’ve had for awhile and…
I set a timer for 15 minutes. We were going to go to the potty once the alarm went off. He peed at 12.
It’s not just of matter of him peeing. Kairo screamed to the top of his lungs when he felt the warm trickle fall down his legs. He’s hopping around and screaming. (Our place has marble floors so it’s no biggie.)
Bae and I are laughing at this point because we can’t believe his reaction.
We have a “good” talk. Nothing special.
Me: That felt weird right? Okay. Now, I need you to tell me when you have to potty or this is going to keep happening. So, the next time you have to potty, let me know.
I set the timer for 15 minutes again. He pees at 12.
This time, he’s screaming AND running around. I almost have to tackle him to keep him in one place.
I realize that 15 is too long. The magic number is 12, right?
12 again. 8 again.
Every single time this happens, he’s hitting me with a high pitched scream. We are only under an hour (a fifth accident happens), and I realize that this method may not be for Kairo. After a little mental math, I also realize that I don’t have enough underwear for one day. By the way, we have four packs.
This is where Kali joins in. I decide to change the method and allow them both to wear their diapers. Now, I set the timer for 20 minutes and if they pee, so be it.
This works much better. The only problem is, only Kalel will let me know when he has to pee. Yes, my 16-month-old will say, “Pee pee,” before his 3-year-old brother. By the way, if Kalel pees in his diaper 30 times in a day, he’ll only tell me once, so it’s not a big accomplishment.
The true trouble is getting them on the toilet. I tried reading “Potty,” which worked for a bit, but he wasn’t excited about it. Then, I found this amazingness.
Even if you don’t have kids, play this song in the background. It’s just raw hilarity.
I wish I could show you what Kairo does on the toilet when he hears this song, but I don’t embarrass my kids. Just know, he now pulls his “underwear” and pants down because of Pink Fong (I love all their work, by the way).
Some days we’re emptying everything in the toilet and others (especially watermelon days, these things are full). I try putting these kids on the toilet every 20-30 minutes, but that is difficult to do all day for two weeks. My hands are drying out because I have to wash them so much.
Not to mention, after doing this for so long, I became ridiculously inconsistent. And honestly, I’m okay with that. We have to be perfect in everything we do. My kids will have more accidents, and I will have to deal with these diapers for a few more months. So what? Potty training boys is a true challenge, but overcoming obstacles is what strengthens us as parents.
These days are preparing me for grander challenges, like when the boys turn 13 and I have to explain the other functions of their anatomy. (I’ve already learned that the magic number is 8, so I’ll let them know a bit sooner).