Harlan will no doubt appreciate this post in ways I can’t even begin to enjoy til he’s much older and has friends.
This picture amuses me most because Harlan really took being potty trained to heart in this moment, even if it meant we spent 45 minutes taking care of business at 10pm.
But I digress, this post is meant to be a celebration of progress! Harlan had seemed relatively uninterested in ditching the diaper and its convenience despite my insistence on starting at 15 months. And with an upcoming two week trip to Australia, I was getting real militant about being diaper free.
But H was not having it, until one day, he did undies all day with no accidents. Just like that. No doubt it was the team effort at preschool and home, but it still seemed somewhat magical in its transition. Like most things in child rearing, it’s not black and white, in dialers one day, completely in underpants the next. We’re still keeping the diaper making industry somewhat happy; you can’t beat the confidence of mess free on long trips (like our upcoming 15 + hour trip to Australia) so the pull up diapers are still on hand.
What has been the most rewarding of the transition to mostly diaper free was the change in H’s behavior and the pride in himself with using the toilet vs diapers. I have so few pictures to really capture the emotion, but his whole little face lights up when he goes any stretch without an accident.
Harlan was treated to a celebration dinner and dessert the week after we said goodbye to majority diaper. Here’s the evidence.