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Our Potty Training Process

Exactly one month ago we started potty training Valentino. He had just turned three and has made so much progress in all developmental areas that we thought he was definitely ready to take the plunge.

The night before we started, hubby went out and bought potty training necessities that included:

A board book about going potty

TONS of toddler underwear

A cheap rug (to catch any accidents)

Toddler toilet seat covers

Multiple bed sheets

Multiple blankets

We already had a toilet training potty so we felt prepared and excited for how he will take to it. We had both thought that he would just be one walking accident, and that he would pee and poo all over the floor everywhere all day every day. We were a bit terrified, as our house is mostly carpet, so we removed Valentino’s pricey pottery barn rug that was in his room and replaced it with a cheap hideous looking rug from Walmart that was only 22 bucks. Who knew you could buy a rug for $22??

During the first day of potty training, we took off his diaper and threw it away in front of him and said “Bye bye” to it. He waved at it and said bye bye. My heart melts.

Then we had him run around naked from waist down in his room, gave him a sippy cup of milk, and then we both sat and watched him drink his milk and run around his room for what seemed like hours. We put his potty on the Walmart rug and as soon as I saw him do a little tinkle, I RAN and quickly put him on the potty. He continued to pee, and I showed him how to point his wee wee down into the potty so his peepee doesn’t spray everywhere. He completely took to it and thought it was the coolest thing!

After he was done we all did a happy dance around the potty, and kept pointing to the pee saying YAAAAAY and clapping and jumping up and down. Then we had him clean up his little tinkle that he did on the carpet.

That first day I watched him like a hawk, and I nearly spent the entire day in his room doing this. Hubby took charge of taking care of Caspian while me and Valentino worked on potty training. We sat on the potty and read lots of books and also watched Peppa Pig on the ipad. We spent time working on counting and on colors. He really enjoyed all this one on one time.

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Whenever Valentino has a successful go on the adult toilet, he gets really excited about his accomplishment and immediately after washing his hands he goes and gives Caspian a big hug. Not me or daddy, just Caspian. He’s so funny.

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So Valentino has completely taken to helping clean up his accidents. It’s the cutest thing. I love how OCD he is about cleanliness, if there is a drop of pee anywhere he gets really upset about it until it’s all cleaned up. If he has an accident in his pants he also freaks out about that too. He knows his routine of washing his hands right after he goes potty.

On his second day of potty training I was having a lot of pregnancy issues, and I projectile vomited water all over the rug that Valentino was practicing his potty on. He politely came and helped me clean up all of mommy’s vomit. He is my heart <3

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After the first week of potty training, we were averaging about 1 to 2 accidents per day. Some days he would get by with no accidents, and then I would get excited and think he has completely got it, and then other days he would have 2 accidents and I would be crushed and defeated.

Now after a month has passed, he will only have an accident if they potty isn’t nearby. He has completely got it and rarely has accidents now, and he’s done so well in school that they have moved him up from the toddler class to the primary class. He’s such a big boy now and I am so proud of him!!!

The only issue I’m having now is to get him to go potty when he is excited. He will only have accidents when he’s having a great time playing with Caspian and is too excited to stop playing and go potty. I also haven’t dared to take him out and about for fear of not having the potty close by. On average he goes potty 7 to 8 times per day; so you can imagine how much time I have to spend cleaning potty and constantly being on the lookout for him pottying. We put so much time and effort into this that it literally has been a month since we have gone anywhere (except to their school of course). With the new baby coming soon I think we won’t be going anywhere until Spring! I really miss our family date nights with the boys dressed in their best suits. I think those nights won’t happen now for a while :( My life right now revolves around the potty, AND preparing for baby #3!

About: Leila Rahmanian and Salar Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian is married to Salar Rahmanian. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three wonderful kids, two boys named Valentino Rahmanian and Caspian Rahmanian and a beautiful daughter named Persephone Rahmanian.