Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It's Potty Time!

On Monday, Pearl was standing in the bathroom naked.  She looked down, pointed at herself, and said "pee."  Then she let it go on the floor.  I was surprised because I had no clue Pearl even knew what pee was.
We figured if she was that aware, it was time to get her a training potty and at least give it a shot.  Now she has her own little toilet, a book about going to the bathroom, and a bunch of reward stickers.  I just have no clue how to really get started.
I'm hopeful that some of you moms out there who have been through it will give me advice on what worked for you.  She isn't quite 17 months old yet so I can try explaining things to her, but I'm not sure how much she will understand.  Pearl already loves her potty though and had her first pee right before bath time today.  We were both very excited :)
-Kira

18 comments:

  1. The only thing that worked with Grace was a 'Prize Box' I filled it with small stuff, stickers, candy, dollar store stuff, anything I knew she would like. Kept it up on the counter so she could not get to it unless she went potty/poop. Then she got to pick 1 thing out. It's the hardest thing we've had to do with her yet. Stick to your guns mama and good luck!

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  2. Alexis showed signs of being ready ahead of the norm, but with major life changes interrupting her routine, she's now on the tail end of potty training (she's 2 years, 5 months old as of 2 days ago). We've heard that the best time for your child to learn to go potty is after they've learned to take off their own clothes. That way they can get to the potty themselves if they have to.

    One of the most beneficial things we've done was to praise her for going and giving her 'potty candy' every time she did. Potty candy was a tip Bekka found on a forum somewhere and I gotta say, it's amazing. Here's how we do it. When she goes potty in the toilet, we make sure everyone knows and we all applaud her. We clean her up, wash our hands, and give her her potty candy which consists of two M&M's. She gets to choose the M&M's herself, and we count them with her and point out the colors of the M&M's as she chooses them.

    Additionally, these practices have helped us teach her the numbers (she can currently count up to seventeen by herself), her colors (we have flash cards that she does really well at color-sorting), and there's a game that I do with her when washing her hands that has her almost knowing her right and left hands, feet, etc.

    Whatever you decide to do, be patient & understanding and try not to make her feel bad for going in her diaper/panties. Just show her where she needs to go and clean up the mess as necessary. Good luck!

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  3. POtty training is the last bastion of babyhood we have. I am so ready to let it go but Ozzie has different plans. Some days he shows interest and others he absolutely refuses. I hear girls are easier than boys though and wish you good luck!

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  4. For the first week or so, take her and sit her on the potty every 1/2 hour or hour. After that she should get the hang of going in to do her business! Peeing is the easy part - we're still having issues getting Kaelyn (almost four) to poop on the potty consistently. Good luck!!! And remember whatever you do (in the future) if there is an accident, stay positive!
    xx

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  5. I wish I could give you some good advice on this one. I could not get Riley excited about potty training to save my life. Only when the baby got here and she got this bloated head of "I'm the BIG sister!" did diapers seem beneath her. And then she pretty much just quit cold turkey. (So evidence to what pure will can do for you, for the right personality/kid.) My mom has always given the girls potty treats but she's used stickers, marshmallows, M&Ms, etc. I think it's like most things with kids, the most important thing is to be consistent about it.

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  6. Good for her! I guess some kids are just ready early, and that's awesome!!

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  7. Can't help ya here. Way out of my jurisdiction as a thirtysomething male. But...I have some helpful hints on crate training.

    No, I didn't think that would be of any use.

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  8. 17 months is early, but it does sound like she is ready. My only advice is this: Take it easy. Despite what some books and plans say, potty training is not something that can be done in a day or a week or whatever. Especially since your daughter is so young, just follow her lead.

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  10. Oh my goodness, she's getting to be such a big girl! She looks so proud of her little potty. :)

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  11. Oh my gosh! What a big girl!! I wish I had some advice..but I don't have any kids.. I just hope it's easier than potty training a puppy.. Haha! That can be quite messy!


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  13. awww, what a cutie! She is getting so big. xx

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  14. Cute!!
    My little guy has the same potty. :)
    We're moving from potty to toilet now.

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  16. Way to go Pearl! It sure sounds like she is ready to be on board. Every kid is so different, there is no magic way or age to do it. My 25 month old decided last Monday that she wanted to wear big girl panties. Peed through 9 pairs the first day ( I was so happy she was interested I didn't mind all of the floor scrubbing), and the second day had one accident. She's had dry diapers every night since the second day and only had a total of 3 or four accidents in the past week and a half. We intended to give her "potty candy" like someone mentioned above, but she doesn't act like she needs it every time she goes, she's just so excited that she peed on the potty. Good luck to both of you!

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