Monday, April 21, 2008

Potty training is coming... any advice?

Dawna is clearly showing that she wants to be potty trained. She tried getting Adele's underwear on all by herself, over her pants... She was, as you can see, not particularly successful...

I've been doing some reading and have decided on having a potty party in about a week, after we get home from Utah. Any other advice? Successes? Failures? Funny stories about potty training to share with a mom in the potty training trenches?


At April 21, 2008 10:29 PM , Blogger jcsev said...

Ahhh, potty training..... A time in ones life that a person wants to forget! How do such, complicated, intelligent creatures, such as we are, need so much help with the basics when we are new? (Like what comes in and what goes out?) It's a good thing that we have doting moms to take care of us!

Alas, after potty training 3 boys, I can't say that there is a catch all technique. What worked for one, didn't work for the next. But, the one thing that, I will say, is a must, is positive reinforcement. In whatever form it takes for you!! Use it liberally and things will go right for you!!..... Need I mention "Poop - out - a - tri-an-gle?!!"

At April 28, 2008 8:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't flush dead fish down the toilet when potty training toddlers are watching.

At May 20, 2008 10:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister told me a technique they use in the public school system that helped me with both kids, though I had to adjust for each of them. Pick a day and just keep track of when they go potty or poop. I wrote down the time and what it was. The next day ask them to go check on the toilet twice as often as they went. I always knew when Kaylee needed to poop, but she was very stubborn and wouldn't do it until she was ready. Charles was a much more submissive candidate. For Kaylee money spoke to her. She had to pay me a quarter each time she needed a new diaper (the cost of a diaper was about a quarter) but, if she went in the toilet she got to put a money in her pig. nickel or dime for potty, quarter for a poop. It worked like a charm! I have a hard time with the food thing in the bathroom, but the money is already dirty and so it was no big deal to keep it on the counter where she could see it. Charles just did it by regularly "checking for pottys" He finally recognized the sensation of needing to go and he was my golden child as far as potty training. Holy long message! Sorry, but hopefully something helps. Just think of this, the thought of potty training nearly kept me from ever desiring children, EVER! But I have now successfully lived through two potty training experiences, though I wasn't very graceful at it, I did get better the second time around ;)


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