Potty Training Diaries Update — Have Potty Will Travel

It’s been just a little over two weeks since we embarked on this potty training journey, and I thought you might want to know how things are going.

On Friday, we took a big step. We left our house that morning at 8:00 a.m. and drove an hour north to Tampa. We had a full car, so the froggy potty had to ride in the trunk. About 40 minutes into the trip, Matty told us he had to go potty. I said, “Okay! Hold it. We’re going to stop. Please hold it.” And he did.

We stopped at the nearest rest area, took out the potty, put it on the seat next to him in the car, and he peed. Yay! (Hot tip — keep a water bottle with the potty chair so you can rinse it after each pee.)

When we got to Busch Gardens, we prompted him to go again, and then we put the potty chair in the basket under the stroller. For the most part, we were able to bring the potty into a bathroom when he had to go, but a couple of times the bathroom was either too far or he showed signs of needing to go right away, and in those cases, we just whipped out the potty, let him do his thing and dumped it in a nearby bush. We caught a few disapproving scowls from passersby, but not enough to weaken our resolve.

Matty Jay had a 100% successful day! Whoo hoo. Every pee made it into a potty with time to spare from waking to bedtime.

I think it’s safe to call this boy potty trained. He still has an occasional accident when he’s totally engrossed in what he’s doing, and it may be a few months before we see dry beds every single night. At this point we’re only getting a dry bed about 3 times a week. But I don’t mind a little extra laundry if it means we’re helping Matty become a successful big boy.

 

Jenni Stahlmann

Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.

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Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of seven kids (ages 1 to 20) including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly syndicated radio show, write a weekly newspaper column and freelance articles and speak at churches, political groups and homeschool conventions about parenting on purpose.

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