Me: Hello Pig!
Pig: Oh, Hello Mommy! What do you want for Christmas Mommy?
Me: Hmm, I think I'd like a nice mixer for the kitchen.
Pig: Oh! For the kitchen?
Me: Yes. How about you, what do you want for Christmas, Pig?
Pig: Hmmm, I think I'd like a bar for the wall Mommy!
Me: A bar for the wall?
Pig: Yes, so I can hold onto it and stand up and pull down my pants and use the potty all by myself!
You might think I made that conversation up, but I promise I didn't! I was as surprised by it as you might be! So over the weekend, Santa came early and put a bar up on the wall by the toilet. Avery was so excited!
Santa didn't paint the wood, so I will probably try to do that sometime this week.
This is already helping Avery be a little more independent when she needs to use the potty, but it's still not quite ideal. Both the potty seat and the step stool have to be picked up and moved, and both of them slip and slide a little bit which means that it wouldn't be safe for her to attempt to get up there by herself. She can do it now with just a little bit of assistance, but for her to have any real independence, she needs more stability. At school they have a tiny little child size toilet, and they have a commode thing with handles that fits over the top of it, which means that she doesn't have to climb up at all, and the toilet seat is small enough that she can sit on it without falling in. This isn't really an option at home though, since adults live here too!
In addition to the bar on the wall, we are also going to try this:
I've had my eye on one for a while. Avery is unable to sit independently on a regular toilet since she can't hold her legs open wide enough and balance at the same time. But I don't like that she has to crawl around on the bathroom floor to go pick up her potty seat and put it on the toilet, so this looks like an excellent option! She would just have to flip it down and it would be ready for her to sit her skinny little bottom on! And I imagine it will be more stable since it's built in, and shouldn't slip or slide.
I'm having a harder time finding the perfect step stool. The closest I have found is this:
It's called a Potty Pal step stool, and is designed specifically for helping children to get on and off the toilet. But, if you look at the picture of our toilet, you see that we already have a curved step stool for use in front of a toilet, but it still slips and slides, and this one doesn't really look like it's much more curved than the one we have. I'd like to find something that would really fit quite snuggly around the base of the toilet, so that not only the rubber grip but also the toilet itself would keep it in place so that it doesn't move at all when you step on it. Any ideas?
In other news, Avery's glasses arrived! Doesn't she look adorable?!