Thursday, October 18, 2007

Potty learning

So I've decided that I'm tired of changing diapers. I'm ready for a break, even if it's only going to be for a few months. Since these next few days are going to be cold and rainy, and we're going to just stay inside, I've decided to give it a try and put Kaylee in underwear. So far today, she's peed in two pairs. No, we haven't caught a pee in the potty yet. But the first couple of days are always the hardest, right? I'm hoping she'll catch on. Wish us luck. :o)

6 comments:

Science Teacher Mommy said...

We've been at it for a month. Pirate if very motivated by candy. So far, no pooping in the potty. Does he think he is losing part of his soul is the stuff is flushed away instead of thrown away?

The Streiffs said...

Goodluck, I tried for a few days, but clearly Madde is not ready. Let me know if there is any tricks you find.

miranda said...

We started by taking Gavin to the toilet every hour to hour and a half. We made a big deal of him being "clean and dry" and gave him a single M&M if he tinkled in the potty. Then, as he got better at it, we switched to rewarding him if he TOLD us he needed to go. Then we switched to stickers if he could go half the day without wetting himself, taking himself to the bathroom without being reminded.

As for pooping in the bowl, Gavin always went in the morning. He was regular even in diapers. We warned him not to poop his diapers anymore because we were tired of cleaning it up. When he did poop his diaper next, we set him in the bathtub and used the removable showerhead to clean his bottom by spraying it with lukewarm water. Not very pleasant feeling for him. He has pooped in the toilet ever since.

KarateMommy said...

so how's it going so far? little ninja #3 has had dry diapers the past 3 mights - so we put her down in her underwear tonight. we'll see how it goes.

Nicci said...

OK, I must say I am absolutely, in no way, shape, or form looking forward to this part of motherhood. Kudos to you for already getting 2 kids potty-trained, and good luck with Kaylee - please share any tips or insights you gain!

Doreen said...

Nicci, the biggest secret is to hold off until they're ready. As long as they resist potty learning, it's just going to end in a power struggle that leaves all sides frustrated. I do encourage it, and I've been asking Kaylee if she wants to use the potty for a long time, but she was always very adament about wanting a diaper. But she finally got to the point where she was actually okay trying to sit on the potty, where she didn't show any resistance. I think watching her little friend (karatemommy's daughter) potty learn has helped. :p For me, I think the first few days are the worst. It seems you spend all day worrying about catching the pee and poop in the potty. Once they figure out how to go "on command", it gets much easier. :o)