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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Who invented this torture device?



The potty chair. Who invented the potty chair? I understand that it is supposed to be helpful, little chair for little butts and all that. But I am still convinced that it is a device of torture.

Like most parents I sit in the bathroom while my son "does his business." I am his cheerleader, encourager and admit to using bribery when necessary to get my son to poopy in the potty. When my son is successful I am quite happy. I am way past the novelty of changing diapers - I think that stopped once my son began eating solid food. The poop of a nursing child is almost scentless but a toddler? An entirely different situation.

But I digress, this is about the potty. My son doesn't like to poop, a bout with constipation has traumatized him and he believes that it will hurt every time. So, he only goes once a week. I've tried everything to try and change this but no haps. So, once a week it is. But dropping a week's worth of food in the potty fills it up. Every. Single. Time. When the deed is done the requisite cheering commences but it is the aftermath that has convinced me that the inventor of the potty was a sadist.

Because what goes in the potty must go out. And I am the cleaner of that particular pot. Not a great job. Emptying, cleaning and disinfecting the potty is high on my list of things that I absolutely abhor. I wonder what other people do? Do you add water before use of the potty to make cleaning easier? I need help. Although this form of torture only takes place once a week that is too often for me.

The inventor of the potty. The parental device of torture. Who is that masked (I'm sure) man? And yes, I am convinced it is a man because most often moms are the cleaners of the potty.




13 comments:

blueviolet said...

LOL, what if you sprayed it with cooking spray and then it all slid right out? That just popped in my head! ;)

Yakini said...

LOL - i don't mean to laugh, but i know this is just around the corner for me.

awww, poor baby w/the constipation experience. that is painful as an adult, so i can understand why it traumatized him as a tot.

i think putting a bit of water (no more than an inch) inside isn't a bad idea. that way there's a bit of buffer so that it doesnt get too sticky/cakey right on the bottom (kind of like how a regular toilet bowl always keeps water in it)

agreeing that the scent of the poop changes drastically once they arent solely nursing. lawd have mercy - you *aint* neva lied, girl! :-)

Cat@3KidsandUs said...

That's a little fun and a lot gross. LOL What you need is one of those potty covers, it's just the seat cushion that fits over the adult potty...everything drops right into the toilet.

Kathy Sykes said...

Those are my thoughts exactly! I DO NOT want to "dump" out the potty once Thomas starts to poop in it. It is sooo gross and way worse than folding up a diaper. I dread it but good luck to you!

Modern Mami said...

It IS quite disgusting. Try the ones that fit over the regular toilet and he can sit in the big-boy potty and put his feet on a stool. Then, there's NO clean up!

Mrs Cooper said...

If you seat lifts out of the potty, then put the seat on the toilet and then you are set. It's less work for you and he sees himself go directly on the toilet.. I've done that with all three of mine. Much, much, easier.

Swati said...

ok - just too funny! I did bribe my daughter with a pound bag of M7M's...every time she went, she could eat as many as she wanted (even if it was betime). After about 3 weeks of sugar highs, it became a habit...it was a long 3 weeks...
Swati

Honey Mommy said...

This is why we use the kind of potty seat that you can just put over the regular toilet. Then you aren't cleaning anything you wouldn't regularly clean anyway!

Jewelry Rockstar said...

My oldest daughter was afraid to poop too. We used to have to hold her legs in the squat position while she was wearing her diaper to get her to poop. It was nightmarish for us as parents. We were so worried about her pooping that pottying took a backseat. She did potty by 34 months, but I just remember the drama of it all.

anymommy said...

I've got nothing for you but empathy. It's disgusting. It's little better when the boys start standing up to pee and missing the flushable toilet by miles. Just to give you something to look forward to ;-)

Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home said...

We had a potty chair once that unfolded and made two stairs, where you could step up and sit the potty part on top of a real commode. That way, they had the smaller seat of a potty chair, but they were actually going into the big one - no clean up, just a flush!

Tanyetta said...

Whew! and to think we're going down this road again in the near future.

Brown English Muffin said...

I used water after and swirl it around and before the swirl stops I pour it into the toilet....when I'm done I wipe it clean with a baby wipe (I figure the wipe cleans the butt of poop so why not the potty) then I spray a little lysol to kill whatever remains.

But the minute my kid would sit on the toilet I just let her go on that even if she nearly fell in every single time!!!! LOL

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