For at least a year I have been dreading the “big transitions” that come at 2 years old. I know every child hits these milestones at different points, but I figured we’d start to tackle them after Little Piñata turned two. Just two days after his birthday party we started weaning from the pacifier and it went really well! My plan was to wait until August to start potty-training because we were traveling some in July and didn’t want to take long road trips with a potty-training toddler.
But, a few weeks ago, Little P started unexpectedly showing some signs of readiness. When he was about 18 months old we would put him on the potty before bathtime (we have a soft seat that goes on a regular toilet seat that we got as a hand-me-down that is similar to this one), but he only went a couple of times and they were definitely both accidents since he seemed very confused as to why we were cheering for him and giving him a special cracker. But, after he turned two, we started just putting him on the toilet every night before bed in preparation of what I thought would be the “disaster” of potty-training in the weeks to come. And he actually started peeing every night, which we took as a great sign!
Then, one day when we came in from playing in the baby pool I put him on the potty thinking maybe he held his pee the whole time in the pool, and he went on the potty again! I did the same every time I brought him in from playing in the pool in the following week and each time he would go! Of course, each time he went we made a HUGE deal, called all of our extended family members and gave him a Bunny Cracker (which is a very special treat in our house). We also took this as a sign that he was more ready that we thought he was.