Thursday, September 19, 2013

[Kid Tested, Mom Approved! - Link Up] Go-to Gear

Hi Friends! Welcome back for our final link up party!  Today Vanessa is hosting over at Sunflower State of Mind, so be sure to add the button below to your post and join in on the fun!

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I feel like I did a few posts recently on our current favorite products, specifically this one where I recapped the items that have lasted the time of time through baby and toddler hood. While trying to think of "gear" that's getting us through these days, I realize we don't rely on much compared to infancy with the carriers, strollers, baby food products, places to eat, mats for tummy time, places to sleep, items to swaddle in... you get the picture.

One product we recently purchased that we haven't had much experience with, but will be using quite a lot is a Potty Seat!

(need some tp for the teepee)


No, Ashlynn is not in full out in potty training mode quite yet, but she's been able to recognize when she is going and verbalizing it.  Basically, she's saying "poop" every time she does either of her numbers.  It's kind of cute.  And hysterical. 

...And yeah, this is officially a mommy blog.  We are talking potty chairs and "poop". 


Anyway, since I haven't used a bathroom alone in 17 months, I figured it'd be a good time to introduce the potty seat and let her start to learn it's use.  Whether it's just asking her to sit down while I use the bathroom (to keep her from spinning the entire tp roll or trying to flush before I'm ready), we can also bring her to it each time she lets us know she's needs to go/is going for association.

I'm not planning on pushing the training at all at this point. She's only 17 months and even if she was able to grasp the concept and have control, I'm pretty sure she'd regress when baby arrives. I'm just hoping she starts to understand the concept and when she is ready we can make it a positive experience.


So back to the gear, after looking at different options - portable floor seats or adapters for full size toilets, we decided to get a Baby Bjorn Potty Seat.  I liked that it had a high back for her sitting comfortably (this may be something boy mom's aren't so interested in?) and that it wasn't so little it'd get knocked over, kicked around, or that she'd fall off - toddlers can be quite clumsy.  We decided against using a potty seat that adapts a regular seat since she is so little, she's too short to get up there herself.  

So, while I won't be following this milestone in depth, I do hope to provide some updates when we move to different stages of training and how this product is working for us.  Any "been there, done that" moms - I'd love your feedback and input on the process and products that worked for you!


Thank you to everyone who joined in each Tuesday and Thursday this month, we had a great time linking up and getting inspired!


17 comments:

  1. My little girl is 16 months and wants to "help" me so I've been thinking of getting her a potty seat so she can practice too! Great idea and thanks for sharing which one you went with and why!

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  2. I really didn't think I'd like the seat to convert a normal toilet, but sometimes he just sits and then stands right up on his little one. If I can put him on the big potty, then he isn't able to just jump right down, and it forces him to sit for a minute, usually making him pee on the potty instead of running through the bathroom all over the floor. Some days he does prefer to sit up on the big potty like mom and dad, too. Just a thought, but we all know all kids are different.

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    1. Nice to know how the toilet seat adapter is working for you, I figured we'd get one when she actually learned to "go" and wanted to use the "big girl seat". Maybe if we are having trouble with the little we'll get that one early. You're right, all kids are different, but nice to hear what works for every one!

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  3. We're at the SAME STAGE... With the SAME POTTY! Although lex just loves to sit on it because we sing wheels on the bus, slippery fish, and other songs. And she has yet to actually USE the potty. But hey- the first step is showing interest? And recognizing when you have a dirty diaper!

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  4. I've been thinking about getting one! This definitely helps my decision!

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  5. Let me know how it goes! I can't even begin to think about potty training!

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  6. I second Julie above! I can't even begin to think of it but I will definitely check that potty out when it's time! ;)

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  7. I started folloing yesterday after Julia posted. That's where it starts! Everything is poop. My daughter is 2.25 and is wearing panties the last couple of days. We had a little seat but she didn't start going more or liking until we got the seat for the big potty and a little stool. She loves the stool for washing hands and can turn on/off the light unassisted. All part of potty time. We have followed her lead. It bjorn will be nice to have for traveling. I almost picked up something similar last night. Good luck! It's a process.

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    1. Hi and Welcome!! So glad you came over to check us out! Good to know what your daughter likes and what is working for you. I have a feeling when we really get into training we will probably get a seat, but I thought a portable chair would be a good introduction to have her learn what its used for and have some association. Didn't even think abuot it for travel!

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  8. We have the Summer Infant potty and it's pretty similar in style. I bought it because other boy moms had recommended it because the front has a bit of a lip that sticks up to prevent boys from squirting outside the potty. Owen has only gone on it twice (kinda a fluke though), and were not training either.

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    1. Thats great that he went on it! I doubt we'll even be able to get her on it diaperless, but I thought maybe having her sit while I use the bathroom or taking her to it when she says she needs to go and let her sit would be nice introduction to putting two and two together...

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  9. Aria is not at all at this stage yet, but I am looking forward to your experiences to better prepare myself! This milestone seems decently daunting to me still.

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  10. "…and yeah, this is officially a mommy blog". Love it!!!! I'll have lots of questions for you on this topic down the road!

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    1. I'm pretty sure I crossed the "mommy blog" line a long time ago, but this definitely sealed the deal!

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  11. Seeing this post reminds me of how close we are to introducing the potty. As much as I'm ready to be done with diapers, I'm so not ready for potty training or even potty introduction. I'm excited to see how Ashlynn does.

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