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Baseball Players Don’t Wear Diapers



My mother always told me that potty training me was as simple as building up hype to wearing big girl panties, receiving said big girl panties for my second birthday, being super excited about receiving the panties and never looking back to diapers. I thought it might be as simple with Bryce. I was wrong.

When it was Bryce’s second birthday back in July, I knew he wasn’t ready for underwear. Call it mother’s intuition—or maybe call it mother wasn’t ready (I was 8 months pregnant then, after all!). But, when Christmas rolled around, I decided to take the plunge. I was hoping it would play out just like it did for me and my mom and decided to give it a try, thinking, “How hard can it be?”

Christmas morning, he woke up to a present of some awesome big boy underwear with baseballs and basketballs on them—his favorite! To say he was interested in that particular gift would be a big stretch. However, we decided to proceed with the plan. We hoped we could spread the excitement about the underwear and he would want to go pee in the potty like daddy, mommy and big brother Ethan. His plan was much different than ours. There were a lot of outfit changes over the next few weeks, and very few potty celebrations. The frustration was evident throughout our house and we decided to back off until Bryce took more of an interest in the toilet himself.

As soon as we stopped hassling him to use the potty, and put him back into pull ups, he began to become more interested in it. He actually began asking to wear his underwear, and would tell us when he had to go potty. We usually just did short periods of time, to encourage positive results. (We had seen a lot of failure the previous month and we didn’t want potty training to feel like failure.) At that point he still didn’t want to wear underwear to child care. We didn’t force him to. By the end of February, he was still only using the toilet less than half the time and going in his pull up the majority of the day.

I knew Bryce had the control to go to the bathroom, we just hadn’t found the motivation he needed. We tried candy and small rewards for keeping his pants dry or for going in the potty. He just didn’t care about those rewards. Then we found the key: baseball.  It wouldn’t necessarily work for every kid, but for Bryce, it was the golden ticket. He loves baseball, and baseball players do not wear diapers. Baseball players go pee and poop in the potty. Simple as that. Upon this realization he began using the potty all the time. The first time that Bryce pooped in the potty, he looked at his accomplishment and said, “That’s baseball player poop?” I knew that day he wasn’t going back to diapers.

Potty training can be frustrating, not only for you as the parent but also for the child. It doesn’t have to feel like failure (like it did for us for a time). Trust your parenting instincts and listen to the cues your child is giving. It probably won’t be easy, but learn to trust each other and you will get through it together.

4 thoughts on “Baseball Players Don’t Wear Diapers

  1. This gives me hope! We haven’t pushed potty training with Jonas more than getting him comfortable sitting on the potty and I’ve been worried that he’s been ready and I haven’t been paying attention. But, after seeing your instincts reassures me that I have been paying attention and he really isn’t quite ready yet. But, he does love telling us when he poops (even when it was just a “toot”) so I’m hoping it’s just a short hop, skip and a jump to where he will be able to tell us when he needs to potty instead of after he’s already done it (or thought so). Thanks!


  2. That’s how potty training started at our house too, by just sitting on the potty. When we gave him the underwear, that’s where it got ugly. Trust your instincts- mommy knows best!

    Good luck.


    • And of course a week after I posted that comment he decides it’s time to pee in the potty. He was so surprised and excited and proud (as were mommy and daddy)! That’s always how it goes–the minute I start to wonder if I need to worry he just does it…solid food, walking, saying please instead of signing it, etc. Why should this be any different?

      We’ve still got a ways to go; he’s only done it the once at home and another time a couple of days later at school but we have to start somewhere, right? 🙂


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