Potty Training :: Success
G is 28 months.
From time to time I have tossed out the idea that we would begin potty training. I really think as a mother, you have the sense that your child is ready…or not.
Over the past month I’ve done quite a bit of research by reading other blogs, reading books, and eventually coming to my own conclusions.
Here is what is working for us:
- T.J. and I are both on board working together with G when he is home from work.
- G is diaper free when we are home. Diaper and underwear free. We call it “free bum time”.
- Naps/overnight/and out of the house we use a diaper. We use cloth and disposable.
- We have learned G’s signals when she has to use the potty and encourage her to do so when we see a sign that she needs to go.
- When she pees in the potty we get very excited and say, “Yay! Pee Pee” and she gets to flush the toilet. This act alone makes her very excited!
- We haven’t initiated any type of reward system. Just positive praise.
- G seems to prefer the potty that stands alone on the floor. I think this is because she can quickly get on and off all on her own.
- We will ask her from time to time if she needs to go potty, but don’t force her to sit on it.
We did have a few accidents initially, but that was to be expected. Yesterday we had a HUGE milestone when she went on the potty, unprovoked, and POOPED! I’ve read that this can be a difficult step in the potty training process. She was SO EXCITED that she pooped, after we wiped her bum, she ran downstairs to tell Daddy! Of course I had to note it! 🙂
Today, she didn’t want to poop, but continued to pee regularly so doing both on the potty is clearly going to take more time.
I think I’m more worried about going out of the house with her wearing just undies than she probably would be. So, hopefully we can work on that next. I’m thinking maybe getting a smaller potty for the car might be a good idea.
So, for now, we are calling it a success!