Potty Chair vs. Potty Seat

During the initial stage of potty training, we bought a potty chair from Kiddy Palace for Little Edison. This potty chair is a standalone product that is completely separated from our toilet. Thus, it is more accessible and quickly reached by Little Edison without much assistance from us.

The only disadvantage of using a potty chair is the cleaning part – which we can’t simply flush that “pee” or “poop” down the toilet. We also have to clean and sanitize the potty chair frequently as Little Edison gets up close and personal with it few times a day.

Few months later, he turned this potty chair into a toy. He asked the Grandfather to attach a string on the handle and pull him as he sat on the chair. He will giggle happily when the Grandfather pulls him on his potty chair and walks around the house.

During the interim period, the Grandmother offered him a small plastic mug for him to urinate in it. When he needs to urinate, he will pull down his pants, hold the mug under his penis and urinate into the mug. When he is done, he will pour his urine into the toilet bowl himself. He can do it very well, except once an accident happened – he ran too fast to the toilet and at the end, he splashed the urine all over the floor!

Obviously, the plastic mug is not a practical solution. We moved on to a potty seat instead. The potty seat (picture) is a smaller seat that fits on top of our regular toilet seat.

It feels more like a real toilet seat. Thus, I’m confident that the transition from potty seat to the toilet seat will be easier at the later stage. The waste can be easily disposed as we can just flush them away. It’s definitely cleaner. In addition, it’s portable, easily stored away and takes up little space in the bathroom.

The disadvantage is that it is a little too high and Little Edison is unable to plant his feet on the floor. We need to help him to climb up the toilet seat and ensure that he is seated safely during the ‘process’.

Nonetheless, this potty seat proved to be a good buy for us. Little Edison loves it so much that he doesn’t allow us to remove his potty seat from the bathroom. So there it is – his potty chair is placed nicely in our common bathroom – solely for his use!

Read more about our potty training methods HERE.

80% Diaper-Free

Edison loves to write and readOne thing that I’m worried about Edison’s starting pre-nursery next year is that he isn’t fully potty-trained. I would say that his progress is about 80% now, but without our presence, I’m not sure if he is able to communicate with his teachers when he needs to visit the toilet.

During the orientation, I found out that at his age, it’s alright to wear diapers to school. The teachers will train the students and bring them to the toilet at regular intervals. By the end of first term, most of them will be diaper-free. I’m so glad to hear that.

At home during the day, Edison is completely diaper-free. He will inform us if he needs to urinate (he will say “pee!”) or have bowel movement (he will say “poo-poo!”). At night, however, we still put on the diaper for him to prevent wetting his bed. When we go out, we will also put on diaper for him because we may not be able to find a clean children’s toilet in-time.

However, last weekend, we decided to try going out without diaper. Surprisingly, there was zero accident! We went shopping at Marina Square; I know that they have very clean family room and children’s toilet. We brought Edison to the toilet at regular intervals during our shopping trip. And he didn’t fuss at all!

The rule of thumb in potty training is consistency and a strict regimen. Bring our children to the toilet at regular intervals and educate them on the use of toilet for urination and bowel movement. Even if they are not ready to go to the toilet on their own, it is crucial that they are able to communicate their needs to us.

Never think that our children are too young for potty-training. In fact, the earlier we start, the easier it will be. Edison started his potty-training at a tender age of 8 months old. We started early and slow, we didn’t want to stress him, but rather let him learn on his own pace. It was a good move because wearing a diaper can restrict his movement and it can be quite warm and uncomfortable too.

At a start, occasional peeing on the floor was common. At 8-9 months old, he wasn’t able to talk yet. After a while, he began to communicate with us using body language. When we received his signal, we rushed him to the toilet. And soon after, these accidents reduced and finally stopped. To read about how we started our potty training, please click here.

We are going to try a few more rounds of going-out-without-diaper this month to prepare him for school. When he is completely ready, we will move-on to diaper-free-at-night. I guess this is the most challenging part of potty training. Waking up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet is no fun at all. I’ll need to get a water-proof mattress protector too.

I’m so glad that my little boy has achieved yet another milestone in his life. In general, he is very positive throughout the process of potty-training. And without much fuss, really! 

 

Potty Training Our Toddlers

Potty training can be a daunting task, especially for first-time parents. With a variety of potty training books available in the market, we can’t decide on which book to read. When we do a google search on this topic, there are at least 101 articles on potty training tips and advices. The more we read; the more confusion we have.

My mother-in-law has started potty training little Edison when he was 8 months old. Initially, I thought that it was way too early for him to learn. Little Edison proved me wrong. To my surprise and delight, he was completely out of diapers within the next few days.

Since then, he has been diaper-less at home during the day. We still put him on diapers when we go out and at night, just in case we can’t reach the toilet in time and to prevent wetting his bed.

All the credits go to my mother-in-law for her patience and initiative to train little Edison. Now, whenever he wants to pee, he will either reach for his potty, walk to the toilet or point to his penis. He is able to communicate with us on his need to urinate.

In this post, I will share with you some useful potty training tips from my MIL. If you have the intention to train your toddler but are clueless on how to start, please read on.

1. Recognize his urination cues & timing and make potty time a routine
These are the critical times of the day that we should bring our toddler over to the toilet to urinate – first thing in the morning when he wakes up, before and after every feeding, before and after naps, before bath and before he goes to sleep at night.

Communicate with our toddler on his urination or bowel movement needs. Look for his indications or facial expressions. Ask him, “Do you have to go pee or poop?”

2. Take him to the toilet rather than using a diaper
For a start, we can cradle him over the toilet to urinate. In this position, we hold our toddler with his back to our chest. Place one hand under each thigh and hold him securely with his legs spread slightly.

He feels cozy and secure because his back is firmly against our chest and our hands are holding him steady. This position makes it easy for him to urinate without straining. We can also angle him a little forward to prevent splashing.

Puku Potty ChairAlternatively, we can start to introduce a potty chair. Let him sit on the potty chair to eliminate. This will take a while to practice if he refuses to sit on the potty chair.

This is the potty chair that I bought for Edison at Kiddy Palace for about $12.

3. Be patient and confident
We should be patient in case of accident. Reward him for success but do not punish him for failure. There are very few hard-and-fast rules except to be relaxed and non-punitive, and to keep our toddler confident and comfortable.

Do not provide diapers any more and express our confidence in our toddler’s toileting ability.

These are the 3 important steps that we used to potty train our little Edison. We are delighted that he can finally get rid of the discomfort in wearing a diaper.

This is an interesting article about potty training; do read on if you are interested: Toilet Training Begins at Birth: Concept & Method

So, good luck with your potty training and remember – be patient! Accidents are inevitable, but the reward sure is worth it!