In a way – we are still far from being fully done with potty training, but in another way I feel like we have already succeeded.
Before we began – here’s what potty training looked like to me: for a few days in a row you make the kid sit on the potty until something comes out. They automatically realize “oh, this is what it feels like to go to the bathroom, and that other feeling is what it feels like to WANT to go to the bathroom. So whenever I want to go, I just come here, do these steps, and go and then I’ll be a big kid. Yay!” And then you never have to bring the subject up with them again…
Naive. I KNOW! =)
And this is where we are now – We have a reminder that is very exciting for little Niko, and it lets him know – it’s time to potty. And usually we have to coax him a bit into going over to the potty, and to make sure he’s done trying to do all his business. And then he’s all excited because he gets to flush and wash his hands. Some days he has actually gone over and sat down by himself! And now he usually will pee before and after his nap into the potty – leaving his diaper completely dry!! =)
What are our tricks of the trade? Simple. I read somewhere – one of the biggest problems is – kids don’t want to stop their play to go to the bathroom. So we got this:
The first day we just let him play with it so he could enjoy the music and wear it on his wrist like a big boy, but we also started making the connection – music = time to potty. And now we have it hanging on the wall above the potty. He hears it from everywhere. Stops what he’s doing. Gasps and says POTTY!!! =) Now if that’s not success – I don’t know what is! Side note: yes, it only has 3 starts on Amazon. I think that’s ridiculous. This is my blog, I will say it – people complaining about it are just stupid. Read the instructions!!!! =) It has it in there how to turn the watch on, off, set different timers, etc. It is NOT that hard. The end. The watch also comes in green and pink. And when it plays a little tune (every 30, 60 or 90 minutes) – it has 3 lights around the display that blink.
And the other tool that we used came from my most recent book & class, he has a little potty chart. And when he successfully completes all the steps and comes back with washed hands – he gets to pick a sticker to put on the chart. Now – he doesn’t really care about the chart that much, I must say. I guess he’s still too little and not all that into stickers. But now he forever associates Elmo with the potty. Oops. =)
And the last thing, which I think is the ultimate secret to our success – is daddy’s excitement about the whole thing. If daddy didn’t make running over to the potty seem so fun – I’m not sure we would have made this much progress. And every time daddy comes home from work -we show him our potty chart and tell him how we did, so I think little man is slowly starting to get more interested in the chart for that reason.
Things we still have to work on: the diapers and pull-ups are still too hard for him to get on/off by himself. And he has this one quirk – he has to take his pants (and socks) completely off before he can proceed with his business… =)