Infant potty training

Being able to poop on command is something I consider quite the skill. Biding my time, waiting for the right moment… I know I go once or twice a day, so even if I don’t feel the urge, if the time is right I can usually get the job done. If I’m in line at the grocery store, or stuck in traffic, and I hear that special call, I can quite easily wait it out.

On the other hand, there are others who, when nature calls, are like a locomotive, tracks heading straight to the bathroom. Lots of inertia, get out of their way. For them it’s now, or – NOW! Kari is one of those folks. So for me, it’ll be an interesting experiment to see which poop trait Tory ends up with. The Poop on Command (POC) gene, or the NOW! (NOW) gene. It’s probably too soon to tell, but we may have some early indicators.

In support of NOW:

Ok, so he is a baby, and for the most part he goes when he wants to. There are about 8 – 10 rounds of changes a day, some with poo, some not. Often he will poo moments after getting a new diaper. I’d call that pretty strong support for NOW. It might even be a slam-dunk. If you were a betting person, the odds look to be in NOW’s favor.
But hold on…

Tory on the Toilet

In support of POC:

There have been no fewer than 4 instances in the last month where he’s done the job in his own little poo pot. Sacré Bleu, you say? Mon, Dieu! Yes, hold your bets, he’s done it in a toilet. Add to that the fact that he pees in it almost every time and the balance might be shifting back towards POC.

In all honesty, while I’m hoping that he becomes more like me, for now, he is a baby, and every time he’s pooped in a toilet its probably safest to chalk it up to luck. Or good timing maybe. We are starting to understand his body language a little as to when he needs to go, and I’m hoping that with a little positive reinforcment, we may have him trained by age 2.

If it seems like we’re rushing him into it here, you should realize that we have a little extra incentive to it all. We decided to use cloth diapers instead of disposables, so there’s the obvious stink factor. Luckily that hasn’t really kicked in yet, but apparently after they start eating solids? The real reason, however, is best summed up in the words of our friend Ryan Krick, who famously cracked “I don’t even like wiping my own @$$”!

Touché, my friend, touché.