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Potty Training Gone Wrong

At eighteen months Cooper is an adorable blond-haired, blue-eyed bundle of energy. Like a typical boy he's obsessed with
image of baby on potty
choo-choos, cars and balls. And also like many boys, he's a little behind verbally. While both of my girls were singing and using short phrases at this age, Cooper still has a vocabulary of under twenty words and he often prefers to point and grunt and seems to get frustrated that I can't read his mind. He often wants to be picked up and then points around the room as if to steer me, shaking his head and saying "No!" until I find the the object of his desire. And then there's potty training. Since he's still showing very little interest in the potty, other than sitting on it for about ten seconds and saying "Pee pee, pee pee!" before he gets distracted and hops up, I've put it on the back burner. I've been focusing my efforts on let him run around naked as much as possible so that he can see what happens when he "goes." I won't be able to do this much longer as the chill of fall is in the air. Needless to say, we've had countless pee puddles on the floor and the occasional log as well. I remember while potting training our middle child Kate, who was a climber, I found a poop log on a side table. Seriously. Cooper surprised me the other day when he peed on the kitchen floor and then ran over to the potty saying "Pee pee, pee pee!" and pointing excitedly. I sat him down as quickly as I could but alas, not even a dribble made it into the pot...but on the other hand, I could see that he was starting to make the connection....slowly, very slowly but surely. He tends to pee on the floor and then immediately run through it, splat! Banging his head on the hardwood floor and getting covered. Luckily, baby urine is pretty mild so the damage is minimal and I always try not to laugh too hard. Probably the biggest "incident" so far with Cooper was when I left him unattended and diaper-less for a few minutes (I was in the same room but he was around the corner and I couldn't see him).  I heard him calling "Mama! Mama!" with a sort of urgency-- a mix of surprise and pride, if you will. I walked around the corner to find him using his toy vacuum to "vacuum up" a large poop log on the carpet. The picture I have of him, buck-naked, and proudly pushing his bright yellow vacuum back and forth over the carpet to clean up after himself still makes me laugh out loud. The poo ground into the carpet, however, quickly turned the laughter into dry heaving. Where's the strangest place you've found a puddle of pee or worse while potty training your child? Come on, it can't be any worse than on a side table, or can it?
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  • My daughter one pooped in the tub and didn’t tell me :/
    Not a nice thing to find!!!

    Michelle Wilkerson Mousa on
  • I think it’s a waste of time and energy to potty train a kid that young if they don’t respond to it quickly. I hate changing my 3.5 year old’s diapers, but I’d much rather do that than clean poo out of my carpet every day, which is what I did for a full month over the summer. And my son never has logs of poo, so it was everywhere. There was more than one instance where I basically shampooed his entire bedroom.

    Marcelaine on
  • I am so happy we waited with my oldest. He litereally potty trained himself at 3. I didn’t have to remind him or anything. He just felt the urge and went himself. Since potty training over a year ago we have only had 5 accidents and he was potty trained at night within a month without any hassle or stress to him

    Beth Rees on
  • Wow, I’ve never been fortunate to have any of my children start to potty train at such a young age – maybe now that we are using cloth diapers, things might be different. Great story!

    Carrie on
  • My Daughter was diaper-less after a bath the other day, in a split second she pooped right in the middle of the kitchen and then popped right up exclaiming, “All done!” hahaha

    Cassandra Madsen on

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