Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Potty Training Update

Potty training is going great! I decided not to do any of the "shotgun" potty training methods, mainly because we didn't have three days in a row that we could dedicate to potty training until December.

Day One: For most of the day, I kept her in just a long sleeve shirt and socks, no pants and no panties. I put her on the potty every half hour and gave her lots of liquids. We didn't have any pee pee accidents. I did catch her right as she started to poo (luckily with panties on) and quickly got her on the potty but it was a little too late. She wore a pull-up for nap and woke up dry. We had her MyGym party that night so I put her in a diaper around 5 when we left.

Day Two: I couldn't handle just sitting in the living room potty training any longer so we went upstairs so that I could clean. She did okay but got caught up playing and peed on the floor. The good news was that she told me right away, "uh-oh!" so it was obvious that she understood that she had peed. Other than that we had a good potty day.

Day Three: We didn't do any potty training. We went to church, came home, had lunch, she napped for three hours!!!! and then we had dinner and a movie night with my family so there wasn't any time for potty training. I was worried this would set her back but it didn't.

Day Four: We were back to hard core potty training. She told me five times she had to potty, one of which was a poo! I was so excited, as was she BUT as soon as she saw it in the potty she was totally disgusted and was not happy about it. We didn't have any accidents. :)

So far I have learned that:
1. M&Ms and stickers are great incentives, especially when your child has never had a piece of candy in her life. She picks a sticker and gets one M&M every time she goes in the potty.

2. I may feel like a crazy person, but every time she goes in the toilet it's like a big party. She loves it and totally joins in.

3. It's fun for her to tell others what she's doing and letting them celebrate with her. For example, when we see my mom I say, "Makenzie, tell Grammy what you did in the potty today." and Kenzie says with bright eyes, "Poo poo in the toilet!" and then my mom gets all excited. It makes Makenzie proud again of her accomplishments and keeps the enthusiasm up.

4. Potty training is not convenient. You have to stop whatever your doing when you hear the word, "potty!" even if that means that you have to jump out of the shower, mid shower, dripping wet to help your kid on the potty. Heh.

5. Consistency is key, but if an occasional diaper or pull-up gets wet, it's not the end of the world.

We definitely don't have it down pat, but we're getting there. Makenzie definitely understands what the urge to potty is and I think that's more than half the battle. I'll keep you updated as time goes on.

1 comment:

  1. Yippee!! Potty training is NOT easy!! Sounds like you guys have a great system going! And you are 100% correct about the convenience of it! Sorry to say, it really doesn't get much better later on. If one boy has to go to the restroom, my hubby asks the others if they have to go too. They always swear up and down that they don't have to go, then as soon as he comes back, they suddenly have to go. Happens ALL the time.