We knew it was time to revisit potty use when we found him in his bathroom, fully clothed, sitting on his potty.

We knew it was time to revisit potty use when we found him in his bathroom, fully clothed, sitting on the potty.

The last time I wrote about potty training, Oliver was seven months old. We had been casually putting him on the potty at diaper changes for a couple of months. He was peeing in the potty several times each day and seemed happy to be doing so. On several occasions, he would have dry diapers all morning. I was really excited about his progress.

At around 10 months old, he began to show resistance — arching his back and fussing every time we put him on the potty. He wouldn’t relax or sit long enough to actually do anything, so in effect we were reinforcing the idea of not going on the potty. We decided it was best to take a break, rather than push the issue and risk creating negative associations with the potty.

At 13 months old, Oliver started to show interest on his own accord. One day he simply walked into his bathroom and sat down on the potty, fully clothed, of course. We once again began offering him the potty upon waking, at every diaper change, before and after naps, and before going to bed.

Soon after, he would remind us by saying “potty” at every diaper change, and when put down on the floor, he would walk over to the potty by himself and sit down. Sometimes he would go, and sometimes he wouldn’t, but he was always excited to sit on it.

By around 15 months Oliver was reliably peeing on the potty at most diaper changes, and even pooping on occasion. He started asking for the potty outside of the regular times we’d offer it, by saying “pee-pee potty” or just “potty.”

I wondered then whether it might be possible to actually potty train Oliver — for real.

I had been reading and enjoying Jamie Glowacki’s Oh Crap Potty Training blog for a while, and I was interested in her method, so we bit the bullet and bought her e-Book to see what she had to say about potty training such a young child. After reading the book, I concluded that it would be best to wait until Oliver was closer to 20 months old.

Another six weeks passed and Oliver’s enthusiasm for the potty continued to grow, but I had so many hesitations: Could a child his age actually be expected to hold his pee for any length of time? How would he manipulate his pants by himself? Would potty training in the context of daycare be an utter disaster? How would we handle all the gross public washrooms downtown? Would it really be Oliver who was potty trained, or would we be the ones doing all the work?

I found myself reading Jamie’s book again, and the more I read, the more I realized that Oliver was absolutely showing us that he was ready to do this. The only thing holding him back was us… and diapers.

So I set a start date, cleared my calendar for a week, and informed the daycare that we were going to be ditching the diapers.

Over the course of the next few days, I will be sharing my daily journal of our potty training process, and at the end of it all, there will be a potty training giveaway. Yay for free stuff!

Next: Potty Training. Day One. Morning.


  1. awesome! I read about “Elimination Communication” before my baby was born (last friday, yay! and here I am at 4am…early days though 🙂 ) and am hoping (once life settles a little and I can pick up on cues better) to start doing some very casual potty training or “potty awareness” i guess; I look forward to reading how it goes with Oliver, good luck!

  2. Yay! And what perfect timing! Rohnan turned a year on the 10th, and I’ve been eyeballing potties the last two weeks, certain it’s (past) time to bring one into the house. Can’t wait to read about your approach, Oliver’s acceptance, and your (assumed) success! Thanks in advance!

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