Saturday, March 13, 2010

One Step Forward?

Sprout is 20 months and we are not pushing the potty training thing.  Though she has used the potty and sat on it since she was around a year.  I have wanted to introduce it to her and get her used to using the potty before so that when the time came, she would be comfortable with the potty.  For a little while, I even followed some of the EC ideas, in trying to get her to use the potty, when I knew she was going.  This worked for a little while (and meant less diapers to change) and then Sprout decided that she didn't want to use the potty.  Which was fine, I laid off for a while, and then started her sitting on before baths, and reading potty books.

This has been fine, but I really haven't been pushing at all, as I got Sara Au and Peter Stavinoha's book Stress-Free Potty Training.  This book has a quiz in the beginning to help you figure out how your child's behaviors will effect potty training.  I find this helpful, but even more helpful was the way they explained when a tot would be ready for training.  After reading that I knew we had a while.

So after telling you all this, are you wondering what our step was?  Sorry, to have gone on so long above, but I thought the background would help.

Tonight during Sprout's bath.  She turned and stood up to get out of the tub.  I thought she had decided she was done, and asked her to put her toys away first.  Which she did, with this weird look on her face. When she sat back down to clean up, I realized why Sprout had wanted to get out of the tub.  In retrospect, I think the look on her face, was "uh oh."  She has gone on the potty in the past, but it has been a while, so I was a little surprised that she put everything together like that.  And she may have just wanted to use the floor and not the potty, but at least she knew that she didn't want to use the bath.

I know I'm crazy and getting ahead of myself, but I am really happy to have seen this step forward!

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