Toilet Training, Part Four: Victory.  Sort of.  But not at night.
November 03, 2011

One morning about two months ago Charlotte woke up in the morning and refused to let me take off her diaper unless I solemnly swore that I would put her in a pair of underpants.  Not the blue pair with the ducks on it, Momma, THE YELLOW UNDERPANTS!  WITH THE HULA MONKEYS!  AND THE HAPPY FACES!

(Parenthood is really an exercise in both saying and hearing all sorts of random-ass phrases.  ALL. SORTS.)

So that’s what I did, I swore on my life that I would put her in the yellow underpants with the hula monkeys and I’ll be damned if that kid didn’t hold her piss for the next four hours.  I had, in fact, completely forgotten that she was in underpants at all when OUT OF NOWHERE she came flying across the playground toward me screaming MOMMA!  I NEED, I NEED A TOILET!

Of course!  Hula monkeys!  HOW COULD I FORGET THE HULA MONKEYS?  And with that we were off.  I’m not sure, but I think that we might have actually broken the sound barrier in our race toward the nearest filthy, lightless park bathroom.

Charlotte was immensely proud of making it to the bathroom on time and from that day on she has been an underpants girl through and through.  Well.  Except for that one time when we were at the pumpkin patch and I took her to a port-a-potty and she looked at it, smelled it, and turned to me and said NO THANK YOU, MOMMA.  I NEED A DIAPER ACTUALLY.  Stinky rent-a-toilets aside, however, Charlotte wears underpants in the car, underpants during her nap, underpants on hikes.

In fact, the only time my daughter doesn’t wear underpants is at night.  This is not for lack of begging on her part, but on this I remain firm: until she stops sleeping in our bed I am diapering her at night.  It’s just, you know, her butt is usually a mere three inches from my face.  I’m crazy, but I’m not THAT crazy.

At this point, I consider Charlotte fully toilet-trained…if you discount nighttime hours, that is, and clearly I do.

I’m sure there’s a really mature way of handling this situation, but all I can think of is PARTY AT MY PLACE, YO!  Hula monkeys totally invited.

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  1. By Leslie Crane on November 03, 2011

    Woo HOOO! That’s great, and gives me hope. James was a pro at going on the potty a few months ago, but then decided he wanted nothing to do with it. So I’m waiting for his next move, good to know they do eventually decide enough is enough :)

  2. By Amira on November 03, 2011

    I’d consider Charlotte fully trained too.

    You see, I have the patience for just about any other part of parenthood, but potty training. After one too many accidents and yes, that includes the #2 kind, I’ve quit. I’ll be waiting for my husband to get back into town and tackle this nugget of parenting.

  3. By tara pollard pakosta on November 03, 2011

    it’s amazing how different all kids are. with my girls my first peed in a pull up at night until age 5, but was potty trained otherwise during the day and naps (when she napped) at 2, but my 2nd girl was dry at night starting at 8 months and she was wanting to potty train starting at 14 months sitting on the potty and by 18 wearing undies, but I wasn’t ready for it!
    Charlotte is one smart girl, and such a joy to see!

  4. By Katelyn on November 03, 2011

    Both Brooklyn and E were daytime potty-trained LONG before nighttime.  The day they turned three, I took away pull-ups at night.  B’s never had an accident to date at night…Good job mom and Charlotte!

  5. By on November 03, 2011


    At our house it is the purple panties with the elephants and rainbows.  LETTERS GO IN DA BACK, MOMMY!  And although she is night-dry 6 nights a week, we still have not conquered pooping in the potty.  I change poopy underwear pretty much on a daily basis.  UGH.

  6. By on November 03, 2011

    Congratulations! And I love that she wouldn’t go in the port-a-potty. Can’t blame her for that one. Every year we go to a festival where they only have port-a-potties and I make sure to go right before we leave the house and I don’t drink much during the day because there’s no way I’m going into them.

  7. By Sarah on November 03, 2011

    YAY for you!!

  8. By on November 03, 2011

    What I love about this is the word ACTUALLY. Did she really use actually? Because my son says says actually all the time. “ACTUALLY MOM NO THANK YOU I DON’T WANT IT” and I’m like what?!?! When did you grow up?!? My current favorites are actually, how about, and I think. “HOW ABOUT I PLAY WITH MY TRAINS!“ and I’m like, how about you listen to mommy! “I THINK MY TRAINS IN THE PLAY ROOM”  :)  Little guy makes my heart melt.

    Congrats on the potty training!!

  9. By on November 03, 2011

    Don’t you just love it when they start with the “actually”?

  10. By Sarah Christensen on November 03, 2011

    Nicole - ‘Actually’ is Charlotte’s big buzz word du jour lol.  She uses it All.The.Time!

    I will play with this toy actually.  You do not need to pull weeds, you need to read a book to me actually.  This dish is not for washing, it is for playing with actually.

    She’s also a big fan of ‘oh bummer,‘ ‘oopsy-doodles,‘ ‘i think not,‘ ‘let’s not,‘ and ‘maybe baby.‘  The phrases she comes up with crack me up!

  11. By Elisabeth@Manic Mrs. Stone on November 03, 2011

    Oi, I’m totally getting into the potty training now.  It’s fuuuuuuuuuuun *not*.


    xo, mrs. stone

  12. By Sassy Babies on November 03, 2011

    We are so close, SO CLOSE to being there.  Hey, love your blog and just wondered if you would be interested in guest posting on our Sassy Babies blog.  Let us know!  Thanks!

  13. By Christina on November 04, 2011

    Hi!  I was similarly reluctant to take the diaper off my co-sleeping toddler.  Then I realized that if she’s asleep with me and starts rolling around like she needs to pee, I could ask her about it and expedite getting to the potty.  That seemed like a better way to teach her than waiting until she’s eventually in her own bed.  It made falling asleep freaky the first couple nights, but worked much more smoothly than I thought it would—only one night-time accident.  ...of course, this only works because I’m a light sleeper and because my daughter was basically dry at night already, so I hope I’m not being one of those jerks who cruises by a blog to tell everyone else what to do.  YMMV. :)

  14. By Sarah Christensen on November 04, 2011

    Christina - No worries =)  Drive-by advice isn’t unwelcome here.

    Right now, Charlotte only wakes up dry about half the time - and if I’m honest, I don’t think that we would ever notice if she needed to pee in the middle of the night.  We’re all three very deep sleepers, for one.  And she rolls around constantly between Donald and me, for two.  Also, we have a down comforter so I’m a little nervous about that.  I’m not sure we’d know one roll from another.

    Our big plan is that when she starts waking up dry full-time, we’ll transition her into underpants then.  And by transition I mean we’ll probably start with those really thick absorbent underpants in the hopes that if she does have an accident it won’t be too bad.

    Honestly, though, to be fair, I was somewhere around 12 years old before I stopped wetting at night.  I just slept super deep and had a bladder the size of a pea.  I know that what I was like doesn’t necessarily give us much insight into what Charlotte is going to be like, but I’m not going to hold my breath for her being night-time ready anytime soon just in case.

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