The beginning stages of potty training

Filed under: Toddlers Preschoolers, Development/Milestones: Babies

The time span of age between my older two children is four years, while the age span between the older ones and my toddler is 11 years and 7 1/2 years. During the years when the older two were growing and developing I found that I slipped quite comfortably into the parenting role for middle childhood needs; I had forgotten about the daily needs of a toddler. While it shouldn't come as a surprise that everyday is varied in terms of what he demands, it does.

Currently the toddler, Devon, is one month shy of two and he has discovered just what sorts of fun he can derive from his penis. Not only is it a pleasurable little knob that can be tugged and pulled, it also produces urine. If he happens to pee a bit into his diaper he will stop what he is doing, yell at the top of his lungs, "PEE! PEE!", and then proceed to rip off his diaper and run it to the trash. If he happens to be running about naked and the urge strikes, he will hightail to the back door bellowing his PEE! war cry. Once outside, he proceeds to the edge of the deck where he assumes the leaned back position of by thrusting out his little pelvis and then happily urinates off into the abyss of the backyard.

Although I am thrilled about his newfound discoveries about his micturating urges, our diaper consumption has increased considerably. So in an effort to help our landfills, I have purchased many pairs of the thick training pants. This means more laundry on my end, but to watch Devon's blue eyes light up with pride as he struts about in his new big boy pants is more than worth it.

How about you? How do you start the potty training process?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.