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February 01, 2010

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The Bold Soul

Oh, isn't that wonderful! Good for him! I remember my nephew also seemed to take to the potty better than most little boys and before he was 3, he was totally trained and no accidents (well, not that I know of, but I'm not his mom). And they never did get into using the pull-ups either; what my sister started doing was this: Steven had to go to bed by 8:30 or so, and they'd get him to pee beforehand. But then at 10:30 or 11 before she and her husband went to sleep, one of them would sort of semi-wake Steven up for another bathroom trip. He never used a seat adaptor either, and they taught him to kneel on the toilet seat and hold onto the lid to pee, instead of sitting down, because he was too small for the seat. So when he was half-asleep we'd just help him kneel him on the seat (since he wasn't fully conscious), and we just sort of had to point him in the right direction (if you get my drift) and tell him to pee, and he would! I used to babysit a lot of little boys and never once saw this technique used, but they did it and it worked like a charm. No night-time accidents, no pull-ups and just like that (snap!) he was a big boy.

He also seemed to give up the bottle early and switched from his crib to a bed early. Maybe he was just a quick starter at that age. Not that he was so perfect (oh, the temper tantrums from that little red-head!) but my sister had it easy with that kid as a baby and toddler. He made up for it later in life (LOL).

Anyway, full props to Max!

stefanie

Yay Max!

cj

I fully understand the mama-bear coming out in you when someone, anyone, is mean/unfair/cruel to your child. I describe it as being a Mother Lion, and I still react like that, and my boys are teenagers! They know how my protective instincts can come out if provoked, and they get a big kick out of it (and they both tower over me now). Good for you, what is a mother for, if not to be there as back up when needed.

Mary Anne

Glad Julien worked that out...poor Max....BUT Awesome Job big boy Max! Yea mama!

Doc

Mélanie did it all on her own, too! Must be the 10-pounder club. And hon, ain't NOTHING better than having them out of diapers.... except, maybe just maybe, having them out of the house.

Alice

You go, girl -- and GOOOO Max! Congrats to you both. What an incredible achievement!

Jean is very impatient about Emma learning to be potty-trained, and she just turned 18 months! Funny thing is, I really want us to take our time, and I don't want her to feel rushed into it and have it not go well... We have a little basic potty here already, passed on from her cousins, but obviously she doesn't "get it" quite yet... She's starting to understand when she poos, but not when she needs to go to the potty herself. Again, I know it's really early, but here's hoping it will come gradually... She's pretty regular about when it all happens during the day, but there's no way to tell for sure! Funny thing is, I know I'll end up getting tired of it, but changing her diapers has never been that big of a thing for me... Then again, I would obviously love for her to be potty-trained before she turns 3! That would be wonderful.

Ellen

Yay! I'm a big proponent for watching for the cues they show on their own- if you have a good relationship with your kid and they communicate well, it works! If you make them ignore those signals and pee during a nap, well, it doesn't work so well. They're capable of much more than we give them credit for, I'm convinced. My wee one just trained at 19 months. I have no idea why or how, she just did, and I'm over the moon about it! Go Max!!!

jadie

oh, how happy you and max must both be!

Lee

Yeah, we are going through the same thing here! It's great - Teo seems to have gotten the hang of it, though I still keep a diaper on him at night. A few days ago, we went to a public park and he had to pee. The public restrooms are being restored so there was nowhere else to go but in the bushes. He did great! And the next morning, I dropped him off at day care and he the first thing he said was, "I PEED IN THE BUSHES!!!"

Jolie in Philly

How wonderful! Congrats Max!

Tournesol

Congratulation to the whole family! And great reward to go the Palais de la Découverte, fantastic place to go to for/with kids - used to go there regularly (long time ago) on Saturdays with my parents; there is so much one can try out!

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