Posts tagged #potty training

Stories from the potty

I think I can officailly saw we have done it!! After a long year, ups and downs we have mastered the toilet.

What worked for us.....

~3 day system: A method of training that supposedly only takes 3 days. While it worked for the most part, the keep up definitely doesn't stop there.
~Bare bottom baby: During the day, while at home, allowing are daughter to go naked from waist down was a big help. You just need to make sure you vacuum every morning.
~Musical Potty: My daughter was so thrilled and it gave her that extra encouragement she needed. It was like play time to her!
~Staying in: Is a lot easier then going out. You know exactly how far and how long it takes to get to the bathroom.
~Carpet cleaner: It's a messy deal. The first couple of days I felt like I followed her around with a squirt bottle. Make sure the cleaner is child friendly.
~Big girl undies:She is always looking to be like mommy, and explaining that this is how big girls do it gave her that motivation. We bought underwear with her favorite characters: Dora, Minnie Mouse.
~Just letting it go: Realizing that it wont happen all at once and being able to laugh about it is always positive.

What didn't work...
~Training pants: They are the same as diapers, when I put them on Bella I found they only encouraged her to pee in them.
~Musical potty: It became a game after awhile and she would tinkle just a little bit to make the music go off. It got pretty annoying so we took the musical part off.
~Over exciting events: she would become distracted and forget she had to go potty. In the beginning we limited these event or put a diaper on her just in case. It's a losing battle in the beginning of training.
~Daycare: We had to put her in daycare about mid way through and that only back tracked her. how do you really know if they are paying attention. you would hope, but it didn't look like it. She didn't have a single success with a trip to the toilet while she was in daycare for 4 months.
~3 day system: It takes a lot longer then that and the up keep of it all is for months!!!

Things to keep in mind...
~Trial and Error
~It's a messy deal
~Patience, patience, and more loving patience
~Negativity in any form (feedback and punishment) is only going to discourage and make them fearful of a natural thing.
~Make it fun
~There will still be set backs even after your think you have done it
~Always keep an extra pair of undies and pants with you at all times
~If you first don't succeed, try, try again.
~It's harder than changing diapers
Posted on September 8, 2011 .


Just when you think you've got it... bam! It comes back to hit you.

Our potty training success is in a relapse... I don't know what it is.
Is she rebelling? Has the novelty of it warn off? Does she have an infection, where she can't hold it?
She did amazing for a month and a half... AMAZING! And now I feel like I have started all over again. Is this normal?
Posted on November 29, 2010 .

Potty training cont...

What an exhausting two days...

Well, I'm not sure what progress we made. There were many successful trips to the potty, when we bribed her to sit there and watch t.v. There was also many accidents and doo doo in places where it did not belong. I have a constant smell of it now. Clearly this is something that is going to take longer then a weekend! We spent a lot of time away from home, which was our first mistake, technically your suppose to really stay in the whole time with the diaper off. But we are still keeping at it, I'm so sick of diapers and I refuse to buy another pack!

That's all I really have to say.
Posted on September 5, 2010 .

Potty Training Weekend here we come!

Today is the first official day we are starting potty training with Bella! Although, we did a trial run yesterday and had some very successful trips to her fisher price sing along potty! 2 for 3 was the count and we were so excited and confident for our "potty weekend". I was so excited that I went out and bought her very first big kids underwear in a Dora the Explorer print, and she was thrilled!

We've taken off the diaper and have gone completely bare from the bottoms on down! So far she has had pretty high spirits, and seems very cooperative with this idea! She loves to be a big girl! A few accidents here and there, but that is to be expected!

Future updates will follow....

Posted on September 4, 2010 and filed under Parenting.