December 15, 2009

Tackling the potty- One step at a time

It's no secret that Ive been concerned about Dylan's potty training ability. Along with this rare disorder causing tons of enterocolitis episodes it also affects kids daily even as they get to be bigger toddlers and grow into big kids. Like Dylan, alot of kids have issues with loose stool. This becomes a problem when potty training because the bowels are over active and loose, which is hard to control.

I haven't been in a hurry to toilet train Dylan just because he's had such a rough time with everything else and has some anxiety issues when you try to force him to do anything. We started introducing the idea of using the potty a few months ago and Dylan would scream at the sight of the toilet, he wanted nothing to do with it, and he sure didn't want to sit on it.

Well recently Dylan has started to make a routine in the bathroom, he now thinks its funny to go sit on the toilet and make farting noises. Its rather cute, and I must say I cracked up the first time I saw him do this. Although he does want to leave his diaper on, at least he's showing that he does have a little interest and does know what to do.

As of right now, Im taking this step in really introducing and trying the potty training but approaching it with little expectations so I can give him time to really succeed at it when he's ready. Dylan has started taking his own diapers off when he is just running around, so Im using these moments to run him to the bathroom and sit him on the toilet while he is indeed diaperless. I also introduced big boy underwear, my only problem with that is, whether its diapers or underwear Dylan doesn't want to pull them down before sitting on the potty. So it's going to take some more time, but we are slowly turning the corner, and of course we are taking things as they come one day at a time. Slow and steady wins the race, and we will cross that finish line when Dylan is ready.