Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Your Experience Needed!


I am on day 2 of potty training and need some advice and 'know hows' from moms who have done this and been successful. Day 1 was a complete success and I couldn't believe how well it went. I took Autumn and sat her on the toilet every 20 min and she peed (just a tiny bit- but still) almost every time she sat on the toilet. We had 2 accidents in the early morning, back to back, but once she went in the potty and saw all the praise she got from then on we only had one accident, and it was while I was making dinner and I lost track of time. So the stats for yesterday were 3 accidents and 10 successful potty experiences. Well so what I need help with is how long do I keep taking her to the potty every 20 min? Today I am stretching it to every 30 min because when I see her hands start wandering or she tugs on her underwear I know it's time to run to the bathroom, so if I don't see any cues I just go 30 min. Because even then what does go in the potty is very minimal but it's better in there than on my floors. How long do I keep up the pattern of taking her so often, and when do I start waiting for her to tell me she needs to go? This is my 4th time attempting potty training with her, and it has been such a breeze...for now. She starts preschool in Aug. and has to be potty trained by then. So I figured I have to do it now- I am out of time. So! Let me know your routines and what worked for you. We do have a reward system, yesterday she got a lollipop after her first potty in the toilet, and she was so happy she never licked it, just held on to it, and so from then on I rewarded her with 2 m&m's and we are doing the same today- I will save lollipops for when she goes #2. Any tips and ideas on what to do from here are welcome!!

4 comments:

Sessions Family said...

When potty trianing Kirt, I had to always watch him and take him every hour. He would do real well some days and then totally hate it others. The most important thing I found though is to stick with whatever your doing, because the moment you cave or slack then problems start. So time and consistency. We started potty training Hailey at 18 months and she was so excited and would tell us when she had to go. Well now she is 29 months. I still haven't gotten her potty trained, which is my fault. I didn't keep on her like I did Kirt, and it is also difficult with three in the mix. Anyways, point is keep going and you'll do great. The moment she can tell she needs to go is when you can probably start stretching out the time. :)

Jamie said...

Oh, the dreaded potty training. :) It actually wasn't that bad... not as bad as I thought it was going to be anyway. However, I do dread having to train McKay... I've heard boys are harder. Thankfully, I've got a few years. :) Anyway, my girl's were fully trained in just three days... honestly. My good friend, who is in my ward and is an experienced mom with 5 girls is passionate about potty training... strange, I know. :) Anyway, she loes potty training and thinks it should be an enjoyable experience, so she wrote a blog just on potty training. I used her method and it was a sucess! I have sent many of my friends to her blog as well and they were pleased. Her link is on my blog under favorites and it is called Toilet Training for Toddlers. If you have any questions, son't be afriad to e-mail her, she will e-mail you back right away. She is wonderful! Good luck!

JJ and Kimberly Taylor said...

can you send me your friends(Jamie) link? I am going to really start potty training Jacob.

Heather said...

How is the potty training going? Consistency is the key. And taking them often. I did give Bryce a few m&m's when he went and it worked pretty good. It takes about 3 days of going often until they just start telling you. And don't give in and put on diapers or even pullups. They then know they won and they don't want to waste time and go to the potty. SO, stick to it - it will be worth it in the end. Thank goodness I got all 4 potty trained without to many tears. Love & miss ya'll!