A while ago, I wrote that I anticipated Veda would be potty ready in the near future. Then the strides she made in that direction more or less disappeared after our trip to the beach. The potty talk resumed, though, within the last month, so a couple of weeks ago we all packed up and made a family trip to Babies R Us to make the all-important potty selection. Since I knew that a potty adaptor seat could be a safety issue at some point (I was picturing me having to chase somebody down and leaving another somebody perched precariously atop the big potty), we went with a freestanding model. The potty sat in the bathroom, just building some curiosity in the kids without any other real interaction. Well, unless you count all of the playing they did with the removable cushy seat.
Then last weekend Veda tucked a roll of toilet paper under her arm, lifted the potty lid, and indicated that she wanted to try it out. She sat there for about 15 minutes and did a little reading in the meantime, but it wasn't really *ahem* "productive". The other interesting development from this little anecdote is that Linus was overcome with jealousy when Veda was on the potty. He wanted to try it out TOO!
Clearly these kids are ready to get going. We now have two nearly identical potties side by side in the bathroom. As of last night, we've initiated pre-bath potty time. I added it at that point in our daily schedule because I think I'll be able to be most consistent with a time when we're already getting stripped down anyway. BONUS: Instead of kicking and screaming when it's time to head to the bath, last night we couldn't run to the bathroom fast enough when I announced that it was potty time.
Oh, and let the record show that THIS guy was the first of the two to pee pee in the potty. Not what you expected, huh?
We'll continue on with pre-bath potty time as we get the hang of sitting on the potty and understanding what's supposed to happen on the potty. More on the next step for us later.
**Disclaimer: Yes, I am aware that there's a two (or three) day strategy. I'm training two at a time here, so we're going the slow and steady route. That's that.