Forest started actively potty training in early April 2015, and it’s been a whirlwind of activity since then. It started out very promising. Forest’s occupational therapist, Sonja, recommended that we start with tangible rewards. We opted for candy and a special bag of toys to play with. She suggested we offer small rewards for trying and larger rewards for putting something in the potty. We talked with him about the system the night before, and the next morning, he woke up and went to the bathroom first thing, without being prompted, and skipping his normal routine of going to his parents’ bed to snuggle first. This seemed very promising! The funniest thing he said in this early stage was, “Actually, when I need to poop, I prefer to poop in a disposable diaper.”
By mid-April, he was keeping his underwear dry most of the day. He was still going out in pull-ups, sleeping in a diaper, and putting on a diaper for poop. He was keeping his pull-ups dry and his overnight diaper mostly dry. He was emptying his own diaper in the toilet, and then putting it in the diaper pail.
On Earth Day, April 22nd, Forest laid a diaper over the seat of his potty chair, and went poop on the diaper on the potty! We celebrated this accomplishment with lots of high fives, high tens, and a happy dance with an impromptu victory poop song from mommy. Forest has also been keeping his underwear or pull-ups dry every day for the last week! We’ve made so much progress, and it looks like we are well on our way to potty independence.