Sometime back, I blogged how Xxm took his first step towards potty training. I am glad he made his way forward again a day after he turned 27 months.
Previously, he could only pee standing up in the toilet. Meow and I cracked our heads how we could get him to sit on the bowl.
For Xxm, Daddy’s influence is very crucial in reaching his potty training milestones. On both occasions, Daddy was the first to witness his achievement. For someone so young, he could comprehend the concept of modesty and never allowed my maid and myself together with him when he pees in the loo. We usually undress him and he goes into the toilet, select a spot (just like a dog) and goes on his business. These days, he will insist on washing his pee away himself (imitating my maid’s act of using the water hose).
I do not know about other kids but Xxm’s stroke of enlightenment always occur after dinner time. Meow put him on the bowl after seeing him poo twice in two separate locations. As he sat there with Daddy, he asked if he should pee inside. Daddy replied,” Yes!” To Daddy’s amazement, he pee! Meow quickly shouted for MIL and myself. When I got there, I saw a beaming father and son. Meow excitedly proclaimed that Xxm poo into the bowl as well. We furnished Xxm with loads of praises and encouragement. He seemed very pleased with his achievement too.
I bought this book from taobao, but you could also get it from dangdang sprees from the Singapore motherhood forum. This is book 2 of a series of 15 books entitled “小熊宝宝绘本”. The original series is of japanese descent with its’ text and illustrations by Yoko Sasaki. The story tells of a bear who needed to use the toilet but it’s always occupied by his animal friends. The sentence structure is simple and catchy, easy for toddlers to comprehend.
There are many ingenious elements incorporated into this book.
1. Every toilet door is colour coded differently to symbolize a change. It makes it easier for me to ask Xxm questions like who is behind the blue door etc. From there, Xxm can revise his colours in Chinese.
2. The animals depict the entire step by step process of using the loo, from sitting on the bowl to washing one’s hands when done. I will describe the pictures to Xxm and tell him what is the correct process. Perhaps this is the reason why that day after he pooed into the bowl, he wanted to use the toilet paper to wipe clean his butt. I allowed him but like all kids he got some poo on his hands which I had to wash for him. But all in all, he is very proud of his ability. We too.
3. The author has lovingly included some helpful hints at the back of the book to aid in the reading process. So you won’t miss out on the finer details and won’t know what to ask.
It has been a pleasant experience potty training my boy so far. Hope it’s enjoyable for you too!