Potty learning success at 21 months!

toilet learning potty training 21 months early

the days of bulky cloth diapers are over!

Yay! Jack has finally graduated to full-time underwear!

Here is a recap of our journey as well as my thoughts about organic underwear for little toddlers:

Birth-1 year: we did elimination communication part-time, and used cloth diapers which I tried to change as soon as they got wet.

1 year- Jack started to be almost accident-free with pooping on the potty but was only peeing once or twice a day, and resisted going during the day if he was playing. He mostly went in the morning and after nap.

18 months- Jack started staying dry through the night all by himself!

21 months- I tried to motivate Jack to use the potty more often with a special song, keeping books by the potty, and with raisins. I was getting tired of doing cloth diaper laundry every 3-4 days so I finally started giving him half an organic gummy bear any time he sat on the potty and it worked instantly! He started only having one accident or so per day from then on.

22 months- now Jack has 0-1 accidents per day. He still doesn’t always tell me he has to go, so often I have to ask him. I try to see each accident as a learning experience and they have been decreasing. We’ve used his compostable little potty in the library and in the trunk of the car and it’s worked great!I’m SO excited to be able to do laundry once a week now!

It has been tricky to find tiny underwear though. There are some organic ones we tried:

H&M has the cheapest, and many have cute pictures

Burts bees has high quality little boxers which are mid-priced

Polarn O Pyret has great quality more expensive ones

For most of them I had to sew the waist to make it a little smaller since Jack is small (23 pounds) Also many of his pants don’t fit as well! The Kate Quinn ones fit well, but the H and M and Burt’s ones are pretty big now

Hand foot and mouth disease

toddler 21 months

Poor Jack (and his dad) caught hand moot and mouth disease a few weeks ago. It started with a fever for one night and then Jack got blisters on his feet and a few on other areas. My husband got the fever too and also felt muscle pain and like he had swallowed razor blades. I felt especially bad for Jack who at 21 months can’t really understand what is happening to him or how to tell us how he feels. I was thankful we breastfeed though because Jack barely ate any solids for a few days but nursed like crazy.

I tried a little bit of night weaning the week before but caved after Jack was waking up at night and not falling back asleep, but I was happy I didn’t stick with it because he really needed the nursing at night while he was sick. Jack was also really easily upset during the day, and would have a big tantrum at the drop of a hat. I’m so glad he is finally better because it was stressful for everyone! I’m also thankful I didn’t get HFM disease because it took my husband about a week to recover, and it would be hard to have anyone take care of Jack for a whole week. Whenever someone in the family is sick it always makes me feel grateful for our overall good health though, because we take it for granted so much of the time.

The main things that were helpful to survive HFM disease for us were:

  • new toys to keep Jack busy at home since we were not allowed to go to parks
  • finding household objects for Jack to play with (my hair rollers were a huge hit as well as an old coffee machine)
  • going on long walks in the stroller
  • making houses out of board books
  • letting Jack help in the kitchen a lot (putting items into a salad, washing things)
  • Tylenol at night even though I feel guilty giving it to him so often