Saturday, March 21, 2009

Potty Training!

Remember last April when we told you that we had started potty training South Asian style??  (if you want to see it, click on the link).   Well, since we started potty training the South Asian way, Aashini was partially potty trained.  She almost always went #2 in the potty and could tell us when she needed to go.  We decided it was time to officially potty train her.   You might be thinking - are you crazy trying to potty train a 16 month old???!!  Well, the first few days, we did think we were crazy!  We used the 3 Day Potty Training method.  It's an e-book you download.  The author is a part of the package too.  She'll write and answer any of your questions and advise you.  It's great!!  Part of the method is that Aashini is supposed to only wear her underwear so that we can catch it quickly when she goes.  So here's a pic during her potty training days :) 
Now, the author recommends that you do it with a 22 month old.  She says that every 22 month old can be potty trained in 3 days BUT if they're younger it will take a little longer.  Well, for us, it's been 10 days and Aashini is completely potty trained during the day!  She hasn't had any accidents in days now!  We've even gone out for half the day and she's even gone on a public toilet!!  She still wets her bed some nights though, but we're working on that :)  We're so proud of her!
Now, potty training here in South Asia is very different than in America, so there are a few things we're still not sure how we're going to handle.  There are some places we go a lot that take over an hour to get to.  We don't have a car, but take public transportation.  If we had a car, we could just throw her little potty in the back of the car and then it would be no problem... but we really don't want to carry it around with us to our friend's houses and places like that :)  So, she can do like most kids (and men) do here... they pull over on the side of the road and go... but then we have to teach her how to squat... Speaking of which... we have to teach her how to use a squatty potty at some point!   Anybody have any advice on that?? :)  
Oh, and Aashini has a crush on Elmo - she's growing up so fast! :)

12 comments:

gloria said...

Wow, Shes just amazing!!!!!I never would have thought that could be done!!!!!!

Roberts said...

YEA Aashini!! You do have a few good questions...esp. the squatty! I guess once she gets the squatty, the side-of-the-road will come, as well.

Shannon said...

Wow! I'm so proud of Aashini! We are way behind! Haha Oh well.

Asha actually prefers to squat - even on a Western toilet! :)

Brandy said...

awesome...go Aashini!!! Sounds like a great resource!!

Kelley said...

You guys are brave and Aashini rocks. I'm so glad its worked out for you guys.

lillian said...

Oh its so much easier with boys.. but girls can learn to use the squaty pot as well. Just show her how its done.. shouldnt be a problem :-)

Jen said...

My niece is 4 and is just barely potty trained...hooray for all of you!

Dugi said...

Ashini is so clever! i can't believe u guys attempted it and she learned so quickly. that's so great.
yeh ive heard of the 3 day potty method...a lot of people in my church have used it and have been successful. its really good.
i hear u about the squatty potty...and public toilets in sth asia...very much a challenge. she could just go on the side of the road...very much acceptable there.

u guys r just a great example!

Brandon and April said...

hooray aashini!!! we're so proud of her! we're hoping she can be an inspiration to Eden because we're starting that this month!! I'm going to check out your links and I'll let you know if it works for us too!

haha...do they even make panties small enough for a 16 month old?!?!?!?! we might have to find some elmo ones for her!

SouthAsiaRocks said...

haha! Well, in South Asia, most kids are potty trained by the time they're two, so we were able to find some that fit :) They aren't that cute though, and no Elmo :( haha!

Heather Henderson said...

That's so cool! I think I'm going to have to try this on Jack. He's 2 1/2 now and has no interest in the potty. So, I think I may give this a try!
Way to go guys!

Erin G said...

that is absolutely insane! how cool!

if you can figure out how to teach aashini to use a squatty potty, let me know, and maybe I can convince her to teach ME. when we were in china two years ago, I could NOT figure it out. I don't know if it's because I was pregnant or if I'm just dumb, but I couldn't manage to pee in one of those without peeing on my pants! I just went at the hotel and places with western potties. :)