The Year in Review: Waste Management

Back in September of 2003, as we changed Trixie’s 500th diaper, we took the opportunity to estimate how many total diapers would be changed as the one year mark rolled around. I’m happy to report that we were able to hold our diaper usage fairly close to the best-case projection at the time. I expect us to have changed 2,472 diapers by the time Trixie’s birthday rolls around 10pm Saturday night. This is only a couple dozen diapers more than 2,448, which was based on the seemingly unreachable goal (during those dark diapering days) of maintaining an average of 6 diapers a day. In short, a year of diapering turned out to somewhat easier than I expected.

The other issue related to diapering is Trixie’s introduction to the potty last month. I haven’t given many updates about potty training, mostly because it’s wildly unpredictable, the results mixed and I haven’t pursued it diligently. We initially just wanted Trixie to get familiar with the idea of sitting down in the bathroom, but she surprised us by actually using the potty for a couple of days in a row. She then surprised us further by using the bathroom floor for a couple of days in a row, which lead to us giving up for a while.

I decided to get back on the horse this week. To my initial disappointment, she didn’t do anything in her potty. But then she did walk over to the real toilet, unroll about 20 feet of toilet paper and pee all over the floor while pounding on the seat. Is this progress? I’m not sure. We have all the ingredients of a successful bathroom visit — the toilet, the toilet paper and the peeing — but the way they were all mixed together, you can’t help but think that something went horribly wrong.

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9 Responses to The Year in Review: Waste Management

  1. Dave says:

    Isn’t it common for potty training to only be successful between 2 and 3 years of age? Poor Trixie is only a few days shy of 1!

    That said when my first child comes I will attempt potty training at 10 days of age. 🙂

  2. amy says:

    Dave, From what I’ve read, most girls can be potty trained in a relativly short time frame when they are about 2 (boys usually are later and take longer), but it is supposed to be very helpful to get the kid comfortable with the bathroom and potty. Usually that just means taking them in there and letting them sit on it for a few mins each day.

  3. lori says:

    Wow! I’m shocked to hear about the ages kids are becoming potty trained. I was potty trained about 1 1/2 yrs old. It took my younger brother a little longer…around 2 1/2. Not sure what technique(s) our parents used, but I wasn’t expecting diaper changes after 3 yrs old. As a hopeful mother-to-be, I’d be interested to hear about any successful techniques/tricks as I’m sure it would also help Ben & Jenn.

    BTW, Welcome back Ben. Hope you had a nice “vacation.” Thx for the occasional TPOD.

  4. tj says:

    Hi – like so many other people I’ve been following you guys for a little while, and enjoying myself tremendously. Thanks for a really creative and versatile website! Sure, on the surface it’s “only” all about babies, but there are so many layers to that – some discussions are pretty enlightening (for lack of a better word). And being a stay-at-home mom with little outside contact at the moment this is one of the few sites I like to check for other people’s opinions. My son is 8 months old and, as I am trying to make sure he stays on his sleep schedule, we currently stay close to home – at least most of the time. Thank G-d it’s summer!

    Anyway – regarding the potty training: Just recently I met a woman who is potty training her 7-month old daughter – successfully! – and she mentioned this website:
    Basically, if you spend a lot of time at home and watch your baby closely for cues when she has to go, and you follow their suggestions, apparently you can start early and don’t have to what they call “un-train” the baby from the diaper. Not sure if we will try this but I thought you might be interested.

  5. walaski says:

    Our 1st (a girl) potty trained around 1 1/2. No problem … she’d NEVER pottied at night from the time she was about 3 months. Once she decided she was ready for the big-girl potty during the day, that was pretty much it. She’s maybe had one accident since then (and she’s now six.) My wife and I made the classic mistake by figuring, “Heck, that was easy … Our 2nd (also a girl) should be a breeze.” Now 2 1/2 years later, she may go through a couple weeks of using the potty to pee, then go days with refusing. None of the “tricks” work…she’s just not ready. So, as usual, your milage may vary.

  6. Mel says:

    I’ve been following for a while, and just realized that Trixie and I share a birthday! I’ll be 20 on Saturday night around 10 as well.

    You should buy her the Harry Potter Uno edition that is currently on sale. Why? The person with the closest birthday to Harry gets to go first! And, as every Harry Potter fan knows, his birthday is also July 31!

  7. Best Aunt Eva! says:

    I got this tip from readers digest- works like a charm- was used by this family with quads- 🙂

    They lined them all up on their respective potties, and got out a story book and a bag of M&M’s (experience shows, also works with cheerios, etc)- they sat down and read the story, and when one of the kids “accidently” peed, they cheered and gave him M&M’s and wiped him and sat him BACK on the potty- it didn’t take long for the Quads to figure this one out- and they were all trained around their first bday- 🙂

  8. FrumDad says:

    Rachel would have crawled off the potty and into my lap in about ten seconds. This may be because of a different training we’ve undergone; we both tend to read to her while she sits in our lap, so she connects book with lap pretty readily.

    I guess I could put the potty in my lap and do it that way, but I *really* wouldn’t want to have her associate my lap with going potty.


  9. Kristian's mom says:

    From what I’ve heard from friends and my sister who just finally potty trained her 3 yr. old daughter…, it’s not a good idea to push the issue or offer bribes of any sort. They will use the potty when they are ready, and if you try and push it, you could set them back. The more you force it the less interest they will have. Having said this, I am hoping my son is potty trained before his 2nd birthday and plan to get a potty very soon to start him off..he is 10months old. My mother claims my sisters and I were all potty trained before our 2nd birthday. If Trixie is using the potty even sporadically I say GREAT! Any success if fantastic!
    Kristian’s mom