Conquering the Potty (finally!!)

potty-picThe statement I heard from a  lot of moms, “one day your child will wake up & decide that she wants to pee on the potty” always made me nervous. Well PP, who will be turning 3 in 3 months, had yet to express any interest in going peepee on the potty. So, I decided to take the bull by the horns & dedicate a weekend that we were not going anywhere to do “potty training boot camp.”

Here was my preparation for the potty training boot camp:

–A trip to Becker’s to purchase a reward system chart as well as a potty training chart (You can certainly make these but I’m not crafty so I was happy to be able to buy them)

–Washing the cutest little underwear: Tinkerbell & Dora so PP could have some underwear options

–A big reveal of the reward chart as well as the announcement to say “bye bye” to baby diapers

–Gathering of rewards: for every 3 stars, you get a prize that you can pick out of a bowl (chocolate works wonders for my kid so basically I stocked up on Hershey Kisses & M&Ms)

Here’s how it all went down:

Day one of boot camp:
–Woke up with the official ceremony of throwing out PP’s  last diaper & putting on the big girl underpants (PP got to pick from Dora & Tinkerbell. In case you were wondering, she picked Dora)

–Re-explanation of the reward system: on day one, she loved working for her stars (warning on this: kids totally dig the reward system/stars the first two days, by day three their interest in it wanes but hopefully the motivation is all they needed to get started).

–Constant asking, “Do you have to go to the potty?” Then I started to put her on every 30 minutes

By 11:00am, no accidents. I think at this point, I started getting cocky, thinking that this is easy- PP has already figured this out! I spoke too soon. After 3 pairs of Dora & 3 pairs of Tinkerbell underwear, I felt a little defeated but still ready for day two.

Day two of boot camp:
–Accidents started even earlier in the day. Yikes!! I think Day 2 was harder since I thought PP would have gotten the hang of going on the potty.

–Still digging the stickers as a reward but not as much as day one

Day three of boot camp:
–PP was home with her Dad – he was the enforcer on day 3

–Apparently she only had one accident all day! Interesting, huh? (he said it was because I trained her so well the previous two days)

So far, PP has done a really good job at potty training. She has conquered going number 1 & 2 on the potty which is a big accomplishment. I am able to take her out sans diapers (even though I definitely bring a pair of clothes & underwear just in case). I do get anxious taking her out in public without the diaper but I have to get over it. I really dreaded the whole potty training thing (and talked to many moms on their tried & true tactics) so I am happy to report that PP was pretty easy to train (thank goodness!!).


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10 Responses to “Conquering the Potty (finally!!)”

  1. Kim January 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm #

    Congrats!!! This is a big deal.

  2. For our daughter, a combination of cold-turkey, spring break (no school for 10 days), and Potty Training Rewards ( worked for us.

    Lots of mess and accidents, but by her return to school the next week, she was diaper free.

  3. Oh, and a tip for parents of newly trained kids:

    We kept a training potty in the trunk of the car. When they gotta go, they gotta go NOW!

  4. Beth - Total Mom Haircut January 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    Well, you’re doing better than we are! And my kid is older too:) This potty thing is rough…it’s like he has just absolutely NO IDEA when it is coming. Ok, too much information for you. I know:)

  5. casual friday everyday January 31, 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    I so dread potty training. My first was almost four by the time he was done. And I haven’t even started my two year old yet. I’m wishing you a good and fast experience.

    :–) Nell

  6. Stephanie February 2, 2009 at 1:52 am #

    What a milestone! Congrats! I remember feeling nervous about the “going-in-public-without-a-diaper” thing at first too. But now I don’t worry about it. Our 2-year-old rarely has accidents anymore and I try to be laid-back about it when she does. I think other people understand…especially other parents.

    That said, I do try to be prepared with a “back-up” pair of underwear, clothes, socks, shoes, and wipes at all times.

  7. christy February 2, 2009 at 9:16 am #

    Congratulations – sounds like PP is one smart cookie!

  8. Merissa Younis December 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to undertand. Unlike other blogs I have read which are really not tht good.

  9. HCG Guru February 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    I love this post. Very well written.


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