Saturday, July 28, 2012

It's My Potty and I'll Go If I Want To!!

Today we will be discussing all thing poo!
If this is not something that interests you in the least, then check back tomorrow, because this post is all things potty training!!  Yay!
Okay, honestly, I am not so pumped up about this conversation or about bodily functions in general, but we are getting ready for the training in our house.  Red will be "3" this next week, and I really think that it is time to climb aboard P-Train.
So, the other day we went to the store and looked for the most beautimous panties a 3 year old could ever want and a few treats for potty time rewards.  Who knew that Tinkerbell drawers and Skittles would get children so pumped to dump (okay that was so gross, but it rhymed!) to go potty!  When we got to the front of the store to check out, Red could not wait to tell the checker outer gal that she has to pee in the potty and then she can eat (which kind of made it sound like I starve my child to go to the potty, but whatev).
Step 1:  Obtain the appropriate gear....
So, last night, I was able to have a chat with a few gal pals who have been there, done that, and bought the "I potty trained my child" t-shirt.  I was asking for any tips, encouragement, and got a lot of stories (some that will give me hope and then some that will make me feel better if the whole training thing does not work out).
Here are some of their ideas:
1.  Bribes... (cha-ching, check out my above photo, skittles and mm's)
2.  let them pick out their panty/ underwear and a potty chair/ seat
3.  really encourage the child and talk about going potty
I think that this picture is very funny.
I just cannot picture me and Sopia having a feel good moment/ heart to heart while hanging round the ole potty, but it looks like this mommy and son are having the best time ever!
4.  read books about potty training... we have a few of these
5.  Stickers on a chart, this way they can see how they are doing and show off their rewards to others.
I just love a chart, so this might be something that could work for us!
 6.  Take them to the potty every 30 minutes, even if they do not need to go.
7.  Prayer.... pray that they will get a hold of this thing and not go to college in diapers! Ha!
8.  start the training on a week when you will not be leaving the house

So, I think that I am at a great starting point.
I have received some great advice from friends who have done this before, and it looks like they have survived.  I am going into this knowing that it will not be easy, but if I stay on top of it and do not give up that Red will be successful.  I just need to be patient, and not fa-reek out if pee/ poo gets on my carpet or furniture.

What do you think, am I missing anything.
Is there something that did not work or worked better for you, I have a few days to get a game plan!


Angie said...

My son just turned two and I tried with him not too long ago. It was an EPIC FAIL. Everyone tells me he should be starting to train but I honestly think he's still just too young. I hope it goes well for you. Keep us updated. I might need the info for the future :)

Katie said...

My oldest daughter is 2 and a half. Not only should we be starting the potty training process, but I think we also need to attempt a toddler bed. Both of these task scares the daylights out of me. Right now, big girl potty time for her could last for hours if I let it and quite frankly I have better things to do with my time than sit on the side of the tub begging her to pee and the thought of training her for a toddler bed, well lets just say I enjoy my sleep to much and the kid could go all night long if she was trapped in a baby bed. I'll pray for you if you pray for

Caryn C. Foresee said...

Ugh! Katie! I have not even thought about the toddler bed issue! I am going to have to take this 1 thing at a time!! Trust me girl, I'm praying for you... Who knew this whole parenting thing would be soooo hard!!

Angie said...

Ellie just potty trained at the beginning of summer, and I really feel like the biggest thing for both her and Michael was just waiting until they were ready. E just started asking to go on the potty herself in May of this year, and she has only had one accident since. I had tried everything prior to that, but she finally had to make her mind up to do it. I also think reverse psychology can be helpful. I would get Rhetts diapers out and act like I was going to put them on Ellie, and I would tell her to just pee in her pants in then if she didnt want to use the potty. These things irritated her and made her want to use the potty. Sounds weird but acting like I didn't care seemed to fuel her desire. I always tell my friends with littles that everyone eventually learns to use the potty so don't stress about it, and just do whatever works for you and yours! Angie

Ashley said...

Oh my goodness... I started potty training my 2 1/2 year old son TODAY! I'd love it if you would share this on my blog's life lately link up!