Potty Training Takes The Piss!

Excuse the language, but seriously! We are on day 3 of potty training our almost 3 year old son and it’s been interesting!

He’s actually doing really bloody well! Only three small accidents so far and he’s discovered the joys of standing up to pee at the “adult toilet” as he calls it. But no amount of reading up on training methods or advice from fellow patents prepares you for these few points that we’ve encountered so far:

  • The first poop on the potty will be followed by a lot of excitement, quickly followed by panic as your child starts to make a run for it with an unwiped bum!
  • The first pee at the toilet standing, makes for an interesting discussion on the merits of the “shake” versus the “wipe”.
  • In our case, it’s best to go bare, because as soon as material touches skin, pee (and sometimes sh*t) happens!
  • Taking that first ride in the car without a diaper… Terrifying! (I kept some of the giant pee pads from the hospital when Mia was born. Win!)
  • Keeping a spray bottle with a mix of dawn/white vinegar/water at hand was a good idea. 
  • Getting to flush the toilet and saying bye to his pee and poop has been more rewarding to him than any promise of treats.

We will still have Mia in diapers for a while longer, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel with Calvin and that is pretty awesome! So here’s to raising a beer in celebration and exhaustion! 


Review: Thermos Foogo Vacuum Insulated Straw Bottle

If you have kids, you know the struggle of trying to find a water bottle/straw cup that doesn’t leak! Seriously, you think you’ve found the perfect one and then you go to fetch your kid from nap and think he/she has peed the bed, and in that moment of panic or “Damn! I just did a load of laundry!”, you realize the wet patch is from a leaking cup.

We have tried so many and the realization I had recently, is that if you really want a cup that won’t leak… You need to spend just a *little* bit more than you’d probably like to.

Until recently, our favorite straw cups were the Nuby Click-It FlexStraw bottles, cheap, easy to clean and they didn’t leak initially. But, my toddler is a straw chewer and after a while, the little membrane in the straw that stops it leaking out, broke.

If your kid doesn’t chew the straw, I still highly recommend these!

I decided to switch Calvin to a stainless steel cup that has a straw and came across the Thermos Foogo Vacuum Insulated Straw Bottle. The line of Foogo products is pretty extensive, there are bottles in plastic and stainless steel with both straws and spouts, food jars and even diaper bags!

This is the exact bottle I got for Calvin. It’s insulated so that his water stays cold, is sweat proof, dishwasher safe and the flip top that uses a button to open, is much more hygienic than an open straw.

So far we have had zero leaks, it’s kept his water cool in the 110F heat and for $12 from Target (which I know sounds like a lot) seems to be a product that will last.

Next time I get him from his nap and there’s a wet patch… Well I’ll know it’s pee instead of playing the ever popular guessing game of sniffing the sheets!

*This is not a paid review, just a mom sharing her two cents about products she loves. Photos are from the Nuby and Thermos websites.