24 Dec 2012 5 Comments
Since our son was one years old he has been enjoying sitting on his little froggy potty from time to time. He loves playing with his bathroom books and potty toys. While he sits on his potty, I read to him and we sing songs while we wait for him to pee. Once he does, we get up and start dancing while we sing, “Pee Pee in the Potty, whoo hoo” (repeat 3-5 times). He then adds a sticker to his froggy potty. I read a great book called, Diaper Free Before 3 and loved this pediatrician’s approach to early potty training. Unfortunately,we weren’t able to be consistent because we moved home three times, including an inter-State move, and had a baby girl in that time period. Now that my daughter is almost four months old and we are not walking around like sleep deprived zombies anymore, we are ready to tackle this head on. For the past nine months we have switched over from a the froggy potty to using a Prince Lionheart WeePod Toilet Trainer on top of the toilet,with a step stool called a “Little Looster Booster”.‘
Our almost three year old has no problem going pee on the toilet as long as I (or my husband) am able to ”catch” him at the right time. If I dont ask him every 30 min. if he needs to go potty, he sometimes has an accident in his undies. This is why I haven’t kept him in undies when we go out of the house. He still has never pooped in the toilet and pretty much only goes poop when he is napping or sleeping during the night. He recently developed a complex where he doesn’t want me to change his poopy diaper and will fight me during the whole process. He loves wearing his Thomas the Tank Engine undies but also loves his diapers too. Since he goes to preschool/day care three to four times a week and the other days we have regular adventures planed to “My Gym” or “Wonderscope Children’s Museum”, we haven’t had time to be consistant with potty training.
Well tomorrow, Monday the 24th, starts a two week hiatus from pre-school, so instead of signing him up for winter camp with his friends, we are starting a “Stay Indoors Arts and Crafts Potty Fun Camp”. Our big boy is turning three years old in two months and I know that if I don’t take advantage of this vacation time opportunity, then we will have to wait until his summer break.
I have a pack of stickers, 2 packs of “big boy undies”, arts and crafts (Thanks Michals!), paints/crayons/paper and a play dough recipe I need to make. I look forward to giving an update in two weeks on how everything goes. I never want potty training to feel forced or filled with pressure so we are going to have fun indoor adventures filled with a lot of naked time! That reminds me, I should go out right now to buy carpet stain remover :) Wish us luck!
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