I made the decision that I would start potty training when Lulu started walking. She started taking steps a few weeks ago at daycare but would never walk at home. We finally caught her on video.
So yes finally at 15 months, I have a walker. Which means I have a pottier!!!
I still think of Lulu as my little infant. I have a hard time embracing that she is a toddler and yet she cracks me up EVERYDAY with her "big-girl ways". So today we went to visit my sister who is recovering from surgery. Although we know we should go more often :( we go at least once a week and always on Sunday. While I am there if I have to change her diaper I change her on the guest bathroom floor. Now let me say that Lulu is ALWAYS changed on her changing table at home. We NEVER change anywhere else in the house. It's just easier to do it where all the tools are. So being changed on the floor is out of the norm.
ANYWAY...we were chillin at my sister's house and she noticed Lulu was possibly pooping. And a quick whiff of the room confirmed it. So I tell Lulu to get me a diaper (jokingly) and she toddles over to the door near her diaper bag but then crawls off. I say to my sister and Mom that if she gets her diaper she is getting potty trained TODAY. Well she doesn't but guess what she does do... She crawled down the hall and went into the bathroom. AND LAID ON THE FLOOR. I was completely dumbfounded!!!! SHE IS READY!!!!! Listen if a kid can get a diaper, or go to the place where they are normally changed then they are ready to start potty training.
See what happens in Black culture is you are PRESSURED into potty training. Everyone's parents tell you that YOU were potty trained at like 11 months lol. Clearly if you investigate the story you will find that you were probably 25 months old, but they will have you believe that you were much younger. So you have everyone ask you... "is she potty training". and EVERYONE is a professional, they can do it in just 3 hours or something ridiculous. I don't share those aspirations lol.
So here are my rules
1. I am doing the potty training. Not the childcare provider, not grandma, not the lady down the street. ME!
2. I am potty training on the weekends only. I will not try to force her to use the potty during the 1 hour we get after I am off work and before she goes to bed
3. I am setting a personal time goal. I am not saying what that is. But she is 15 months now....
4. I am not using pull ups. Nope, that's retarded. (imho). We are using panties. She will feel it and so will I lol.
5. We are increasing our sign language skills to ease into our communication of the language of potty
6. This is not a competition... and I am not looking for a shortcut.
7. We are using the potty chair for the purpose of potty training only but will be using the standard size toilet after this
8. I use cloth diapers primarily at home and will continue to use them for the period of potty training.
And without further ado.....
I present, Lulu's first time peeing on the toilet.