I haven’t written a potty-training post in about a year and a half. Thankfully we have come far enough for me to consider Little Piñata officially potty-trained. (You’d assume so after 1.5 years, right? But, actually this officialness is quite new!)
First of all, he did amazing with going #1 on the potty from the get-go. By the 2nd day of the “3 day potty-training boot camp” he pretty much had the concept down. We had started taking him to the potty every 30 minutes, but within a few days it got spread out to every hour, and after a couple of weeks, I only had to remind him before and after transitions, like meals or outings. We stayed in this phase for at least 6 months. When he was 2.5 he started going on his own and recognizing all by himself when he had to go and not needing (or wanting) any help. And we have had so few accidents in this year and a half that I can’t even remember a single one!
However, going #2 has been quite another story! Within weeks he had changed his body’s rhythm to only go #2 during naptime and bedtime, which I didn’t mind since he was always wearing a diaper then. I read that this happened to a lot of kids, so I didn’t worry about it. But, then he turned 3 and I realized he had been doing this same thing for almost a year and I got a bit concerned.
I talked to our pediatrician about it and she suggested that we just get rid of the diaper/pull-up at naptime and that that would kind of “force” him to go during the day on the toilet. But, it didn’t work at all. All we ended up with were completely soaked sheets and mattress cover and #2 was held all the way to bedtime. So, we added prunes or prune juice to his breastfast each day. The holding continued (with pee accidents every naptime) and then we just had really messy diapers at night. I quickly realized this wasn’t working, and I started thinking that this whole process might be contributing to unhealthy, chronic holding, so we put him in a diaper for naps again.
Our pediatrician also recommended Magnesium Citrate for him, to helpfully get his bowel movements to be soft enough that he could no longer hold them in. Oye. I think he went on the potty one time in the one week period that we tried this. And the diapers only got messier. At this point I gave up. I just stopped. I decided he wouldn’t still need to wear a diaper to Kindergarten, so we cut out the prunes, all the promised rewards that just weren’t working (a movie! a dump truck! candy! popcorn! anything you want!).