19, 2001 - Saturday
Call us very premature, but this morning we bought Harry a starter potty. It's been quite a few weeks since Harry started saying "poop," often right after he had. So, we figured it would be good to be ready even though the general rule of thumb suggests it will be another year before he does anything with it. And, we might have been happy to leave it in the box for a while, but this afternoon while his mother was out, I went into the bathroom to pee and left the door open. Harry was in the kitchen playing so I figured it would be OK. He could come if he wanted and, sure enough, he came in to see what was going on. He's seen both his mother and I using the facilities of home before and it does seem right that he slowly learn what that equipment is for.
But this time, he took a particularly keen interest, standing to my side, but leaning forward to get a good look. And, he seemed to be concentrating a great deal. When I was finished, he was not and started talking about the pee. Well, it seemed with that I had no choice but to get out his potty while he was thinking about it. He loved it. It's hard to say for sure, but he seemed to make the connection right away, talking about peeing and going back and forth between the toilet and his potty, lifting the lids and looking inside. Admittedly, it may still be a while before we actually let him try it out, but I'd think there's a value in letting him get comfortable with the object. There's more to come on this one to be sure.