Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Toddler Tuesday - Potty Training

For about 6 months now, we have been working with the little man to get him to use the potty. We bought the cute, noisemaking training seat, (the noise is supposed to be his reward for using makes me want to throw it out the window), and the even more cute little boy undies with his favorite characters on them, Cars, Toy Story and Thomas the Train. We've tried using treats, reminding him every half hour and letting him run around naked. He did a great job, at home only and usually only when he is naked. Then he got sick. He was sick for a couple of weeks and we just hadn't gotten back to it, until yesterday.

I know he's ready. He is all too aware of when he has to do #1 and #2, in fact he often tells us about it as it's going on...a sure sign. So we started working on it again. And this time I focused on wearing the undies and pants and teaching him how to take them off and more importantly, put them back on by himself. He did GREAT yesterday! No mishaps! far, only one. The other little nuance we have to work on, how to use the potty properly.

He does not use his cute little potty anymore, he wants to use the big one. Thats fine. However, his preference is to stand on the seat and squat over the toilet. Apparently he feels more secure that way. I'm not a fan of the little footprints left behind, as well as am nervous one of these days he's going to fall right in. He did already have an instance at Grammy's, where she did find him with one foot in the bowl...oops!

When asking for advice, many use a sticker chart. I'll have to put my creative side to work and make one. But more importantly, how do I get him to work on it while at daycare? I don't want to be a burden on my provider, she has enough to worry about. I also don't want to send him in undies thinking he'll do it on his that up would be no fun for the provider either (nor sanitary for the rest of the kiddos). So how do we make it a 7 day a week focus? Do we just go all in...or just wait until he does it all by himself (and keep working on it at home)?

There is just under one month until his 3rd birthday. What a birthday present that would be for Mommy!

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