Thursday, January 21, 2010

potty learning begins

I'm easing into the whole potty learning phase with the introduction of books, the occasional wearing of training pants, baby proofing the downstairs bathroom, allowing the boys to see their new potty, as well as drawing regular attention to their... elimination. I've always used proper body part names with them, and we use the words "pee" or "pee-pee" and "poop." I just talk about it in the context of changing diapers or them peeing on the fl0or if they're naked or wearing training pants. Unlike some of my friends, I don't make up silly song about poop. It's just not my style!

So, all I can say, having just received in the mail my new copies of Everyone Poops (My Body Science Series) and Once Upon a Potty -- Boy, is I don't think I'm ready for this.

"Just like you, Joshua has a body, and this body has many nice and useful parts..." (ok so far)

"A Pee-Pee for making Wee-Wee...." (oh, Lord... Wee-Wee???)

"A bottom for sitting and in it a little hole for making Poo-Poo." (oh, my.... "a little hole"?)

A Pee-Pee? Wee-Wee? Poo-Poo?

Why are they capitalized? Why are we using the word "Pee-Pee" for a p*enis?

Seriously? I'm such a prude. The pile of poop on the floor on Page 28? Gross! And while I'll admit Everyone Poops is pretty funny, it still grosses me out to see all the piles of turd on page after page!

Why on earth must so many books about potty learning involve the child putting the potty chair on their head??? How would they ever conceive of it being a hat without such a prompt?!?

I'm all about the books, though, so I'll put up with all this silliness in the name of getting these guys out of `diapers. They seem to be fascinated, anyway.

There you have it, my friends. Thus begins what will surely seem like a lifetime of potty talk and potty humor. I'll say it again:

I don't think I'm ready for this!


  1. Oh God. I've got my head in the sand on this one so far.

    Are you saying the books show kids with POOP on their heads???? Why on earth would they do that?

  2. No, I just corrected the post - it's the potty itself! They say things like "it's not a hat" in the two potty books we now have in the house! Weird.

    I'm just sick of the diapers. A friend pointed out to me recently that having them potty trained means always having to drop everything and run for the toilet, though, so I think I'm in less of a rush. Still, it seems like a good time to start talking about it!

  3. this is so funny and that is from a teacher of 3 years olds, many who are not trained yet! But with your boys terrible sleep patterns, maybe potty learning will go ok! one can only hope....

  4. Oh, well, I guess that's better than poop. :-) Let me know if you find any books that use correct terminology!