2/22/2012

Adventures in Potty Training- Keeping them in one place!

It has been a while since my last update on my little man's potty training progress. How has it been going? So far- great! He is truly understanding that he needs to eliminate his waste products (okay, let's be real here, were adults- poop and pee) into the potty. Is he perfect? No- we are still using diapers for extended outings and sleep time. {There are times, I must secretly admit, that I wish I could do that for myself.} For the most part he is moving in the right direction- we just need to ditch the diapers!

One of the hardest parts of potty training that I have gathered thus far from talking with my girlfriends and family, is getting their child to stay put long enough for them to go- especially poop. I find keeping them entertained while in the sitting position is the key to their success (and yours).

If you were to walk into my bathroom on any given day, you would stop and admire my small children library that rests in a bin next to the toilet. Aside for giving me something to do while I do my duty, it also serves a purpose. Filled with fun stories and interactive experiences, my bathroom library is a great way to keep your young one on the pot for a minute or two. I am also not above bringing toys into the bathroom to aid in the situation- especially if you have a mover and a shaker like mine!

"WAIT! I read and read and read until my little ones heart is content and he does NOTHING!" I cannot even begin to tell you how many times that happened to me with this child. My best advice? Learn about your child's potty behavior. For instance, my little man is actually embarrassed to have a BM in front of me. It really eased the situation when I backed off and let him read to himself being and ear-shot away. Also make notes on the times of day you can expect your child's poops debut- he can't go if he's not ready to!

Remember- every child is different. What works for me may or may not work for you and your child. Learning about your child's personality and tendencies is the most important card to play with in the game of potty training- you will always come out a winner if you stay on top of the game!

8 comments:

  1. Its really exciting ready how your getting on. I am currently trying to potty train a boy in my class, he is the only child out of 18 preschoolers to wear a pull up and I feel my efforts are wasted because he isn't being trained at home. I don't have children myself but do you think this is is really confusing for a child? I think his parents don't have the time to do it at home and stick with the pull up for convenience for themselves.

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    1. That is an awesome point and will be my next topic about potty training. I DO NOT use pull ups at all. I look at potty training as an all or nothing type of thing. I will use a diaper for overnights or if I know we are on an extended stay in public- however, they ALWAYS have underwear on- even with a diaper! And as a side note- this has been the longest that it has ever taken me to potty train! Why? Not that he isn't ready- I just have been more laxed about it. I usually am able to potty train within a weekend! Parents not helping at home hurts. I have been there before as I use to teach a toddler class as well! Thsnks for your input!

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  2. These are fantastic tips! I'll be pinning this to my parenting board =)

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    1. Although, wasn't sure about pinning the kid photo. Just pinned your banner instead...

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  3. Thank you for this post, I am having a very hard time, but I think its because we are just winging it. I will give my son some toys and see if that gets him more relaxed, also I suppose its time to rid him of the pullups, he hass underwear but he sometimes goes in it, so now he is all kinds of confused. I'm going to start making notes and also backing off and going next door to the kitchen to cook. Thanks again!

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  4. Thank you for this post, I am having a very hard time, but I think its because we are just winging it. I will give my son some toys and see if that gets him more relaxed, also I suppose its time to rid him of the pullups, he hass underwear but he sometimes goes in it, so now he is all kinds of confused. I'm going to start making notes and also backing off and going next door to the kitchen to cook. Thanks again!

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  5. Cute article! Takes me back to time when my wife, Kim, potty-trained our son, Ian. She made up this cute little system for the big day, and it worked pretty well! My wife then wrote this short book so that other Moms could use her tips...it's less than ten bucks and 100% guaranteed!
    http://www.PottyTrainingByNoon.com

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