Potty Training Anthony Part 2
Anthony has been potty trained for about six or seven months now. The day we tossed the diapers and switched him to underwear we never looked back. He was a rockstar during the entire process. He wore a diaper to bed for about a week when we started potty training and kept the overnight diaper dry. From start to finish every step of him transitioning to underwear was seamless.
We taught Anthony to use the potty sitting down. Seemed like the best idea at them time because he was still not yet three, and a bit small to even get on the regular toilet. Plus, popping! Pooping must be done while sitting. TMI?!
Anyway, he started preschool for the first time in September and like the champ he is was potty-ing at school no problem. They have a boys room at the school with both a toilet and a urinal. Honestly I never thought much of the urinal or him needing to use one. If I’m out with him I take him to the women’s room. If T.J. is out with us he uses the men’s room, obviously. Most of the time that happens T.J. tells me I should have taken him to the women’s room because more often than NOT, the men’s room is disgusting. Why is that?!
On occasion when the weather is nice and warm and we are out in the yard, T.J. has taken Anthony to potty behind our shed. It seems to be a right of passage with boys to pee outdoors. Right? We can’t get away with that so much because it is just a bit more difficult. I have two girls and we’ve been there and done that and yeah – difficult.
Well, fast forward to last week and Anthony was at preschool. It was potty time and they line the kids up 5 at a time. There is one boys room with the toilet and urinal as I mentioned. The teachers are there to help if need be with the door ajar. Well, the other little boy took the toilet and Anthony was left to stand at the urinal. He took his little jeans down and proceed to pee ALL OVER HIS PANTS AND HIMSELF. He had no idea.
He got upset. My poor little buddy. Luckily I keep a change of clothes at the school for “just in case” situations so he had a fresh change of pants and underwear. I felt so badly. Like we had failed him.
So, now it is time to teach him to stand at the toilet and I have no idea what to do about that! I’m home with him 90% of the time so I feel responsible to take the time to figure this out with him.
He is just three this past November, so he is still far to short to stand in front of the toilet without a stool. I think I’ll have to get him something smaller than the stool the kids use at the sink because I fear he would just fall right in!
I’ve seen kid-sized urinals on sites like Amazon that you can just mount on the wall. Has anyone tried one of those? Is that easier than hovering over the toilet for a three year old?
These urinals seem pretty simple enough and they would be at just the right height for him. That way I’m not worrying about him dragging a stool around and getting himself steady on it to pee. I feel like that is a lot of steps that could lead to error. The more ease of use the better. All my kids tend to wait until it is almost urgent to get themselves to the bathroom.
I’d love some tips or advice! I want to transition him off the toilet for peeing before he comes up against another time he might be faced with a urinal alone. Or, is he just still to little for this next step?
I’ll keep you posted on what I decided on how to proceed!