Potty Talk

October 15, 2008 at 2:52 am 4 comments

Wednesday, October 15, 2008: Day 42 in Kostanai

It has been a week since our little guy moved to the toddler room in the baby house and, as predicted, he is doing very well. New skills seem to be developing every day and we are always pleased and surprised to see them. Sitting up without support has been a major achievement in the past week. Although we had seen signs that his balance was improving it seemed that overnight he developed the ability to maintain a seated stance and not topple over at the slightest touch. Even with this new found stability he still enjoys being pushed over (yes, really) from both the seated and standing positions and of course we are there to catch him!

With this new skill comes another development in the world of the Delphin House. When arriving for our visit yesterday we headed to the crib room to wake our guy from his nap, but before reaching this destination a caretaker pointed us in the direction of the potty room. On the ONLY day we had forgotten our camera we opened the door to see all of the toddlers sitting on their potties and our little one, who is out-sized by all, sitting at the core of the circle on his very own thrown. At the sight of us, he began to excitedly kick and flail his arms, which made potty sitting slightly difficult and ended his first successful training session of which a deposit had been made. [Just seeing all of these tiny kids on potties at the same time is too funny!]

Readers may be shocked to think that potty training begins at only eight months but I actually think it is a good thing. Diapers are very expensive (not to mention a HUGE environmental waste) and the children at the baby house do not wear them because of this expense. They are dressed in their clothes and are promptly changed if they happen to soil themselves. The only time children wear diapers is when they are being visited by adopting parents (who bring in diapers for their child) or are taken outside for a long period of time.  Because they don’t like the feeling of soiled clothes, the kids come to expect their potty breaks at their scheduled times and quickly learn when and where they should go to the bathroom.

This practice is not only baby house based but is also how many mothers potty train their children. The child is placed on the potty at regular time intervals until they understand this is where they go to the bathroom. We’ve been told that at a very early age the children are able to “tell” their parents when it is time to run them to the potty chair. Diapers are used only when going out. Home time is potty time.

A friend who is leaving for Almaty today continued this practice after her daughter left the baby house. She was amazed and pleased to see how ingrained this habit had become. [Susan, this is the potty chair I picture pretty little Leeza sitting on.] Our guy will have a shorter time than his counterpart in potty practice, but it is definitely something we will work to strengthen once he is with me in the apartment and then back home in Maine.


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  • 1. Tricia  |  October 15, 2008 at 4:27 am

    Kelly, I tried this at home with R and the first time I thought it was a joke. He kept jumping off and I thought I would never get him to sit on there for any length of time. But reading about Leeza inspired me to try again and R has been depositing on the potty! We just needed to put his potty by his bookshelf. He looks at books and pulls them off the shelf while on the throne. I am amazed that it is working (with the timing). I hope to keep it up. I figured if they do it there, then why couldn’t we do it here. It is worth the effort. Less messy clean up and like you said, saves on diapers. I wonder how long it takes them to make the connection to signal you. Isn’t the sight of all of the kids on the potty at the same time the cutest thing! You will have to capture it on film one day. That will be priceless for your son to see someday.

  • 2. ellen  |  October 15, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Only goes to show ya, we Americans don’t know everything!
    Way to go, K!!

  • 3. Ali  |  October 15, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I have a nice potty chair if you need one!!

  • 4. Susan  |  October 17, 2008 at 11:39 am

    i knew that your lil man would learn fast in Leeza’s group! and, we cuold not fit Leeza’s potty in our overweighted luggage, and w we stressed trying to get out of kostanai since we found out my reservation was cancelled at 10:30 the night before.
    I figured we’d just buy on in almaty.
    well, i learned real quick, the hard way, that Leeza will not poop withouth her potty. we finally found one thursday, for 2300 tenge, which is 3x the price i paid in wonderful kostanai for 700 tenge.
    MAKE ROOM FOR IT~! They do sell Baby Bjorn that are small enough at home,but I recommend taking it if you can

    by the way, we were not charged on overweight luggage at all until the way home..it was almost as much as my plane ticket to Almaty…:)

    we will find a way to fit her potty on the way home plus the souveniers i will be finding tomorrow at the TSUM store.

    Almaty is very pretty and we do like it, but sorry, it’s ‘No Kostanai”.

    the heat is not on in our apt yet and it’s really cold…like 64.

    Leeza is happily on her potty right now playing with cups.
    She has gone quite a lot since she could not go for one whole day since her HORRIBLE MEAN MOMMY left her potty in Kostanai. BAD MOMMY!

    so glad to hear you feel better about your son is Leeza’s group. IL ove those caregivers and you KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE LEEZA and what an EASY baby she is. She moved into that group frmo the group your son is now in a couple weeks before we got there. 🙂



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