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Potty-Training (Mis)Adventures

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Potty-Training (Mis)Adventures

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[caption id="attachment_2276" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Photo by CTA Digital"] [/caption] I'm in the midst of potty training my daughter, Annabel, who will be three in October. I had tried a few months earlier and bought her a fun potty that had Winnie-the-Pooh on it and made a flushing sound. Seems the latest trend is potties with every kind of "fun" you could imagine to keep your toddler entertained long enough to do their business. (There's even an iPotty. See photo.) But the Pooh potty didn't work for real poo. Annabel never used it as anything but a toy. She had an accident every time I put training pants on her so I knew she wasn't ready. We stopped talking about using the potty and just left it alone for a month or so. Then I got her a new potty. This one is just a plain-jane, no bells or whistles potty. And it seems to have done the trick. Or, more likely, she was ready this time. After a couple of weeks of teaching her to use the potty, she now uses it on her own without me having to prod her. We are diaper-free at home with the exception of naps and bedtime, and when I know we'll only be out for a couple of hours and not the whole day. At any rate, Annabel's never played with this potty the way she did with the other one so I never even thought that I should tell her the potty is ONLY for pees and poops. So, imagine my shock and horror when I found her yesterday morning happily eating her cereal and milk--OUT OF HER POTTY! I nearly had an aneurism. I freaked, washed out her mouth and was sure she would fall ill at any moment. Nothing could possibly have prepared me for that moment. But a day and a half later, she has yet to be bothered at all (aside from watching mommy lose her mind). I'm relieved to know this momfail has not resulted in any permanent damage. At least on her end.  
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