Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Diapers, goodbye! Potty training has commenced!
Up until last week, my toddler son had successfully avoided anything to do with the potty. Like many toddlers, he stubbornly refused to use it, or in his case go anywhere near it. He had the mindset that if he ignored the potty, it might just go away.
Then, there was the insistence that we had the wrong potty at home. The little Pooh potty that his sister used when she trained was not good enough for him. He had, unfortunately, noticed a Cars potty one time when we were purchasing diapers. That's the potty he wanted. No Cars potty - no deal.
I avoided buying the Disney Pixar Cars Rev and Go Potty for as long as possible. The potty has a number of negative reviews online, and, being a reviewer myself, I didn't want to spend our money on a piece of junk. We tried to convince him to use the big potty or try the little one we already owned. But, nothing worked. Once again, No Cars potty, no potty period.
We finally broke down and bought the thing. With the help of a few Matchbox car incentives, my son used it and now wears his big boy underpants. Potty training success - both #1 & #2. The problem is the urine puddles. I'm sick and tired of cleaning up the mess from this poorly designed potty. The engineer in me wonders how it made it through quality control. Did they even test the potty out with little boys? It's a Cars potty, a product that is mostly marketed toward boys, and yet there's really no splash guard to speak of and the potty leaks something fierce. My son is pretty careful holding and aiming (for a two-year-old) and if he sprays anywhere near the top of the seat, the urine leaks down in between the cushioned seat and the removable basin right onto the floor. Urine also collects in a shallow rim around the edge of the potty. Puddles all over the floor, wet socks -- POTTY NIGHTMARE!
Obviously, the idea of a Cars potty appeals to kids. It's fun, colorful and has a neat-o pretend flush shifter handle that makes race car noises. While it's nice that the top part can be removed and snapped on top of an adult potty as a trainer, that part of the design isn't helpful if it causes the main potty to leak. As frustrating as it is for me, my son loves the potty, so it looks like we're stuck with it for a few more months until I can convince him to use the adult potty.
Do you have any potty training woe stories?
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