My Spidey Sense is Tingling

On Sunday night my mother returned from a trip Outside to see my brother. She returned, as always, with gifts for my kids. They were very excited to see what kind of fun toy she was going to give them. She obliged with a magnifying glass, wind-up car and fake Rapunzel-like hair extensions. They loved it. She also brought back a practical item. One that’s much cheaper in the lower 48 – underwear.

My youngest was very excited about this. He’s two and a half and although he has some underwear already, he wasn’t that thrilled with the prospect of peeing on the potty. Until now. His previous outlook on potty training changed when my mother handed over a pack of spider man underwear. He clutched the package, admiring the designs. He was not letting go. I insisted we wash them first. (Call me crazy, but all the chemicals they put on new clothes just creeps me out.)

On Monday morning, I held up a freshly washed pair of spider man underwear and asked if he wanted to wear them. Of course, he said yes. But, aha, there was a catch. I told him he couldn’t wear them until he went pee on the potty first. He walked in, sat down and went. Now parents, we all know the excitement of the inaugural pee on the potty. There is dancing, clapping and much rejoicing. After telling him a million times how proud I was, we put on his new underwear. He pranced around in them, very excited to have accomplished such a feat. Not two minutes later, he walked up to me and said, “I peed.” Sure enough, spidey was all wet.

And now begins the days of constant (yes, even more constant than it already is) laundry. Still, very excited for my little man.

Any potty training tips? This is my third child I’ve potty trained, but you know how it is. They’re all very different!



24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Aimee Woodley
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 13:47:42

    We’re going to attempt starting the process for our little man too. Our first was a girl, so I’m up for any tips as well! 🙂


    • Mom Land
      Aug 16, 2012 @ 12:07:16

      Aimee, when we potty trained our daughter, M&Ms worked well as bribery. Ultimately, we had to bribe her with a dollar to get her to poop on the potty. 🙂


  2. Jessica
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 14:14:56

    Teach them to pee sitting down! Waaay less scrubbing of floors during the training.


  3. erin
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 15:31:11

    I printed off potty charts (there are all kinds of characters) bought stickers to match and used those, when they went, I also gave them a couple of skittles or M&M’s. Once the potty chart was full they got to pick a prize from the prize box (enexpensive toys,stickers etc.) if they went poo they got 2 stickers on the chart 🙂 worked really good for me.. and consistency (which is the hardest part)


    • Mom Land
      Aug 16, 2012 @ 12:09:02

      Erin, oh yes, skittles. I always find that funny – we teach our kids not to take candy from strangers and then we bribe them with it! 🙂 I do the same thing…
      I like the chart idea. I might need to try that.


  4. Jolene
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 07:24:13

    cheerios in the toilet


  5. Mary Kelley
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 07:26:02

    The book Toilet Training in 24 hours is a great book and it works. For boys put cheerios in the toilet and have them pee thru the hole. That makes it fun. I had 5 boys and that worked. The book is great it worked well with the last two boys.


    • Mom Land
      Aug 16, 2012 @ 12:10:14

      Mary Kelley – is that book for adults or is it a kids book? I never heard the part about having to do target practice. I always thought they had to sink the cheerios!


  6. Michelle
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 07:40:31

    We used cheerios for one of the boys. He loved watching them sink. The other boy sadly we used a little dish soap for bubble effects and a tree in the yard. (That’s a whole other story)


  7. Jamey Faye Hilton
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 07:47:19

    My best tip is to pack a back pack with as many pants and undies as you can fit. Then, go about all your errands and activities like you always would, making sure to stop at the potty at every place you visit. It is important that you not confine yourself to the house. If you do, you will have to potty train every time you leave the house! GOOD LUCK!


    • Mom Land
      Aug 16, 2012 @ 12:12:32

      Jamey, good point! That’s always the tricky part – being in public! I was thinking ahead on that. Good idea for a backpack with extra clothes. I know I’m not alone in having to buy a spare outfit after a mid-errand accident.


  8. Anne Treadwell
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 08:15:48

    I sent him out in the back yard butt nekid on the bottom. He had some bug bites which stung when urine hit them. Figured it out in a jiffy!


    • Mom Land
      Aug 16, 2012 @ 12:13:16

      Anne – interesting approach!


      • Carrie
        Aug 16, 2012 @ 14:47:24

        Yep – nekid worked best for us – if you have a non-carpeted area indoors that helps. At least mopping is easier than carpet cleaning. Our daughter didn’t like pee on her, but then accidents were totally traumatic for her because she was so horrified that she peed on herself. Poor kid. She survived as they all do.

      • Mom Land
        Aug 21, 2012 @ 21:35:56

        Carrie, who does like pee on them? 🙂
        Mopping is way easier, agreed. I actually found dried pee in the kids shower the other day. I assume it was one of the dogs. Instead of being annoyed, I was actually thankful all I had to do was clean the shower, versus scrub the floor.

      • Anne Treadwell
        Aug 16, 2012 @ 16:44:51

        I had three sons almost exactly two years apart, all spring babies. And THAT”S the trick. Used the same approach for. all with equal success and could because of the season each time. So my recommendation is to plan if you can. We were fertile as bunnies. My doctor asked at the six week check-up after baby one how many children we thought we wanted. I answered three — it was a good number for my parents. He said , “Well, I don’t want to see you any sooner than two years, and two years is a good separation.” We took him at his word. I also want to say that we knew you don’t potty train a two year old — he does it himself, and patience pays off.

      • Mom Land
        Aug 21, 2012 @ 21:38:16

        Anne – or should I call you Fertile Myrtle? – so with Spring potty training, do you just kick them outside and let them pee on everything they can reach?

      • Anne Treadwell
        Aug 22, 2012 @ 10:22:44

        These boys are in their fifties, but as I recall, the one warm day after their 2nd birthday I just took off the diaper and sent them outside. Our backyard was very protected. They already had some irritation on their legs — bites or a scratch, and the urine taught the lesson FAST! One afternoon only and they had trained themselves. The idea was already in their heads but they were forgetful when the need arose –UNTIL that magic afternoon!

      • Mom Land
        Aug 23, 2012 @ 14:04:39

        Anne – you might need to write a book about that potty training approach! 🙂

  9. Anne Treadwell
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 19:35:59

    Well, thanks. But I’ve got ALL KINDS of more interesting yarns to spin for the memoirs others have suggested! You probably do too.


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