Poop, Pee and Everything in Between
Adam, my husband, and I have begun toilet training our 17-month-old daughter.
Training began on April 2 after a painful case of diaper rash. I was compelled to take off Isabella's diaper and let her run around the house free from the confines of the diaper. I heard Adam calling, "It smells like poop, Bella did you poop?" Of course this is not an irregular conversation at a house with a baby/toddler. Before I was able to fully comprehend the situation, Adam began frantically calling, "There's poop in the living room," "there's poop in the hall," "there's poop everywhere!" Standing in front of me was my husband, shaken and bewildered, looking at our white carpet stained with streaks of brown and specks of undigested carrots. I thought the situation oddly hilarious, and I had to stifle a giggle (it would only make matters worse) and had to calm down Adam, find Bella and wipe a dirty butt.
This was the start of our toilet training. Later that week, Bella started to say with enthusiasm "Poop! Poop! Poop!" and there was poop. It was an amazing thing--she now realized that she pooped! A few days later, she said her second phrase: "I poop" (Her first phrase was "more bubbles.")
I have been waiting for the day she wants to poop in the toilet. I ran to Target to buy Pull-ups. Unfortunately, she hates them. She also hates the diaper, now. Adam hates stains on the carpet. I love the idea of having a toilet-trained daughter and soon expect to know the locations of the all public bathrooms in the Georgetown & Palisades areas.
Great resources to consult :
Johnson's Potty Training by Tracey Godridge
Keys to Toilet Training by Meg Zweiback
Mommy I Have to go Potty!: A Parent's Guide to Toilet Training by Jan Faull, M. Ed.