Let me preface this post by saying that we are not actively potty-training our toddler. We’ve introduced the potty (both kinds!) and have gone as far as having him sit on it without a diaper, but we haven’t been stringent with any training.
So yesterday morning, my toddler calls out, “Caca!” which he usually says after he’s pooped in his diapers. “Okay, let’s get you changed on the changing station,” I replied.
But after unstrapping his diaper, I found that it was still empty. He had been a bit constipated so I think him calling out “caca” was his attempt at pooping it out. Either way, I said, “You don’t have caca yet; do you want to sit on the potty and see if you can poop it out there?”
As usual, he obliged, because he seems to actually enjoy sitting on the potty, even reading for several minutes. I sat him down and said, “I’ll bring you more books.” But when I came back, I noticed that he had peed in his potty for the very first time! I praised him for having gone pee pee and had him stand up so he can see his pee in the potty.
Then… I didn’t know how to clean the potty. I told my husband the story later that night and he said, “Well, you did flush it down the toilet, right?”
“Of course,” I lied immediately. Actually my first thought was to rinse it out in the sink and thought, “No, that’s gross.” But apparently I thought a less-gross way to clean the potty was to dump the pee down the bathtub and rinse it there. Which is what I unfortunately did.
For all the times we’ve had our toddler sit on the potty, I had never considered the day when he might actually have a successful bowel movement. Thankfully it was just pee and not poop because who knows what bungled up idea I would have come up with on how to clean his potty.
After I rinsed the potty and got my toddler all diapered again, the first thing I did was jump on my computer and look up how exactly does one go about cleaning a potty—the right way. And here’s a method that seems to work for me: Flush the pee or poop down the toilet, rinse out the potty with water (I guess I’ll still do this in the tub) and wipe with antibacterial wipes or bleach.
Still, I’m not sure how to actually get the poop out; do you scoop it out with a wipe? Ugh, I’m starting to think I know now why I haven’t been actively potty-training—diapers are so much more convenient in comparison! I’m also not looking forward to accidents where we’ll have to clean up pee and poop on our carpet. Not to mention going out in public and not knowing what to do with my kid if he has to pee or poop and there’s no bathroom nearby. Right now if he wants to pee and he’s wearing diapers, I can just say, “Go right ahead, pee to your heart’s content!” Not so much with undies.
We’ll probably start being more regular with him sitting on a potty, especially since he’s quite predictable (usually 15 minutes after eating and he’s already pooped). In the meantime, I’ll have to buy more antibacterial wipes and hope I can clean it up better next time.
Do you have other advice you’d like to give yours truly on cleaning up a potty?
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