We started weaning off Adie from diapers sometime in the middle of June.  We tried to let him take off his pants, and sit on the potty chair to which he obliged.  Yey!  First step was a success!  Every 5 minutes or so, we’d tell him to sit in the potty to wee-wee.  M and I, were like broken records. We did this about four hours on the first day which resulted to some mishaps; a wet chair, or a wet spot in the carpet, we really didn’t mind.  The important thing was that he would sit in his potty without any coaxing at all!  The next day, we were all rewarded with a pool of wee in the potty.  Are you kidding me? Second day? Wow! How we all cheered for Adie.  It was EUFA season, and all of us went shouting as if the Czech team scored a goal. “JO!” and we clapped our hands till they turned red!

Adie sitting in his throne…

Every time he does it right, we’d go “JO!!!!” Adie probably liked the idea that his act can make us all go in a frenzy and that was enough encouragement for him to pee in the potty. It was just a few hours of training at the start and not really everyday coz there were times that I was busy or we’re out.  There were also lapses, especially when I failed to remind him or when he’s too occupied with playing.  There were times that I’d grumble when cleaning his mess or washing heavy cushion pillows. It would have been nice if our our couch is made of leather or if the floor isn’t carpeted ; cleaning leather couch is easier!

Anyway, I can happily report that Adie is now 80% potty-trained.  He doesn’t anymore wear diapers in his waking hours, only during his nap time and at night and when we’re out in closed places.  When we’re in the playground, he’s running around diaper-free! So yes, its possible to potty-train kids without using fancy potty chairs with blinking lights or flushing sounds, or giving out candies as rewards; I’d say when the child is ready, he’d willingly take his part.

Next task at hand is how to wean him off totally!