Kid’s Potty Training Himself

potty training kidsI still remember the potty training struggles with Little Monkey and had no plans on embarking on that journey with Baby Boy until the 2.5  year mark so you can imagine my surprise when I caught him sitting on the portable potty! This toddler is potty training himself!!! I have been dreading the potty training process and had heard that it’s harder with boys that girls – but I’m starting to learn that everything is just “different”, there isn’t so much a boys vs. girls thing at play.

The first time it happened was right before his 2nd birthday and I ignored it as a one time event but it has been three months and we’re catching his potty trips more frequently. Little Monkey is fully trained (minus two accidents at school) and I think Baby Boy is trying to mimick her. Every time she goes in, he does the same and they sit across from each other doing their business. I’m convinced Baby Boy can poop on demand. And poop often!


The following situations happen more frequently than I’d like to admit and I thought I’d share them in case someone else was going through the similar process!

My Toddler's Potty Training Himself (Custom)

  • He’s walking around the house happy as ever…..when I notice he isn’t wearing a diaper and I can’t remember the last time he was changed!! Sure enough he’s done the big job on his own, left the clean diaper by his toilet seat, put his pants back on and walked away without having us clean his bum. SIGH. Once he peed in his pants before we caught him.
  • “MOM!!!MOM!!! He’s trying to wash his hands but he has a dirty bum” – Wait. What? Isn’t this exactly what you want to hear as you’re prepping dinner?
  • I’m casually walking by when I see Baby Boy seated in the dark bathroom with his pants down. “Okay tell me when you’re done.. I need to come clean you. Okay?” “ Okay”. Ten minutes later I see him in the kitchen with a diaper hanging out of his pants. UGH!! You DON’T want to see the condition of the bathroom!


He still wears diapers 24-7 and we’ve had major diaper fiascoes to clean up after but I think it’s a wake-up call for us to start the potty training journey seriously. Guess we can’t ignore his signs and messy actions (even though I SO want to). I’m so not ready to begin the process but we do have the all the supplies so I guess I should get off my lazy butt! Diaper free household does sound blissful…even though I know it’s a long and messy journey to get there.

Anyone else encountered this scenario where the kid is potty training himself?

  • marie s
    January 6, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    my daughter caught on potty train but our problem is she wants to dump her own potty into the toilet and it goes everywhere.

    • Yashy
      January 6, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Ah!!! That’s happening here too! I can’t believe I forgot to mention that!

  • Noorie
    January 7, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Would love to read your updates on how you get through this process since we’re just a few months behind you guys. What supplies do you use? Videos? Books to read to them?

    • Yashy
      January 10, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      We have an Elmo Potty Book from the first round but really not much else. Since it’s your 1st go, it may be helpful to hear our struggles the first time around – Potty Blues. Just go with the flow is my motto!

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