Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Some Words of Wisdom

Don't Give Up, Consistency is key, and keep teaching even when you feel they should know what to do!!! 

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Traveling and Potty Training

Hi everyone it's been a long time, I know.  But if you ever have any questions feel free to email me or post to the blog.  There are tons of information and tips in the previous posts, so look there too for some answers. 

Today I want to talk about traveling with a potty training toddler.  Over the summer we traveled long distance in the car, driving about 18 hours one day and 10 hours on another trip.  At this point my daughter was 19-20 months, so about a month or two of being completely potty trained and she did awesome, stayed dry the whole time.  One thing I feel is necessary is to have their little potty seat in the car with you.  It serves as a reminder and it is great for those 'I have to go NOW' moments.  Sometimes trying to find a potty on the highway is impossible and a mile can be a long time for a child to wait.  I tried to limit drinks to sleepy time and meals, or just let them take a sip or two here and there, but no guzzling esp for the whole trip!  Remember to continue praising them when they did stay dry or told you they had to go.  Another thing I didn't leave w/o was my traveling potty seat.  It's a collapsible one that will fit in your purse, so I use that for our toilet insert when we are at relatives houses or rest areas.  My kids are ok with new things and find them exciting, but if you know your child dislikes change then I would suggest bringing exactly what they like at home, unless it's the whole toilet, of course.  :)  It's also very convenient to have the potty seat in the car even when going around town running errands.  How many times have you asked your child if they need to go potty in the store and the minute you leave or start driving off they have to go 'BAD'.  You won't always need it, just for the first few months when they(and you) are still learning their signals/signs.

Some other things to remember are to keep an extra pullup, undies and bottoms stashed away in the car and to change it out for seasons.  And whatever you do, don't go backwards and start using diapers again, it just sends mixed signals.  Once they are out of them, they should be out of them for good!

And lastly, when you are frustrated and thinking about calling it quits..... remember CONSISTENCY is key and stick with it!  It will get better!

Happy Potty Training,

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Breakthrough Week! 18mth old is Potty Trained!!

We had a really good breakthrough this past week(end).  On Friday Deidra was feeling sick but since we had out of state family in we went out sightseeing.  She was laying around most of the trip with a pullup on.  While out eating she started complaining and thought she had to go potty.  I took her to the restroom and sat her on the big potty.  As normal she didn't like it or want to go on it.  After about 10 mins she started complaining/signalling again like she had to go.  I sat her on it again, but this time I offered her candy as a reward.  And then she did it, she peed on the public potty!!!  She kept her pullup dry the rest of the trip and ride home that day.  I hope she continues this trend so we can start working our way into going out in undies instead of pullups!!

Another breakthrough this weekend was that on another day we were headed out to the store.  Being in a rush, I forgot to have her try to go before we were leaving.  I just started putting a pullup on and after she was all dressed she started crying 'potty, potty, potty'.  I pulled down her pullup and sat her on the potty and she went peepee!!!  She has been doing Really Good with peeing on demand, like before we go out to play or before bed/nap time!

So it seems as if she is now learning that we go on the potty no matter what the situation.  We have officially worked going on the potty into our daily routine and made it a habit!

Also we did some undie work this past week and she is getting better at that.  She will go on the potty when she is wearing undies, she just doesn't remember to pull them down or needs help pulling them down. 

We are planning a long drive this upcoming month and I have a feeling that she will be in the stage where she doesn't want to pee in a pullup anymore and is going to ask to go potty every 1/2 hour, lol  Should be a lot of fun!! lol

Helpful tip for public potties....  if you sit your child on a automatic flusher, remember to stay in position the whole time they are on the seat so the sensor does not go off.  A good spot is squatted or bent over in front of them/the seat.  Also there are some great portable potty seats available to buy.  I have one that folds into a quarter its size, fits in a larger sized purse or normal sized diaper bag!  It gives them the extra support they need for the big seats!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

About 1 month in

Hi everyone, I think we are about one month into potty training.  Deidra by far has been the most difficult out of all my girls.  But she is doing great!  She is completely potty trained..... at home with no bottoms on :) 
She has been accident free at home for sometime now.  She will go peepee or poopoo on her potty without any help and will come tell me after she is done so we can wipe, flush and wash.  I am so very proud of her.

Now going out in public is a different thing.  I blame this partially on me.  We recently got a new car and I don't want peepee in it, so I have been putting pullups on her when we go out.  And just as I suspected she will pee in them.  After all kids aren't dummies!  They know it's just a glorified diaper.  I have been making more of an effort to bring portable potty seat with us when we are out and to offer or ask her if she has to go potty while we are out.  Now we did go to a friends house for a potty party and she did go on the little potties that were out for them.  So I know she knows to still go potty even if we are not at home.  I just need to lay some towels in her car seat and hope for the best.

We have been also working on wearing bottoms.  She has been doing pretty good with that as well.  I wait until she goes potty (and hasn't downed a drink), then I will either put undies or loose pants on her and venture out into the neighborhood.  She has told me a few times 'potty' and I picked her up and brought her home to go potty; and then we've gone back out.  This is a good way to show them that we CAN take a break to go potty and still be able to go back to our activity!  That is really important b/c that is a big concern to them. 

This upcoming month...
We will continue to work on going potty in a public restroom.  And continue working on keeping our undies or pants dry.

If you have any questions feel free to email me directly or ask in the comment box. 

And remember CONSISTENCY....


Have you ever tried to lose weight?

Have you ever gone on a diet to try to lose weight???  Did you just dive in or did you have a plan of action?  Did you get frustrated and want to give up?  Did you give up only to put the weight back on and have to start all over again?  Do you see a pattern or similarities to potty training? 
Potty training takes time just like weightloss does.  You are not going to lose those 10 or 20 lbs in one week.  It's a gradual process and one that needs constant attention.  You can't say well I'm gonna eat a healthy breakfast and then burgers, fries and a soda for lunch and dinner and think you are going to lose weight.  You have to stick with your plan all day long and start all over again in the morning.  Potty training is the same way, you have to be reminding them and talking to them about going to the potty all day.  They need reminders just like we do!  They need incentives just like we do.  They need consistancy just like we do.  And they need encouragement just like we do!  Don't we tend to feel more confident and ready to go when we read articles on others weightloss success?  Or when we arm ourselves with information to get us going or back on track?  Do the same with your child, keep reading the books or watching the videos.  Knowledge truly does empower us to take on difficult tasks!
When we are trying to lose weight we have to learn to incorporate exercise into our daily routine.  Try to figure out ways to incorporate potty time into your daily routine.  For example, going potty when you wake up, going potty before you go out or before you go to bed.  Show them that this is a part of Mommy's and Daddy's life and now it is a part of theirs.  Show them that we don't take a time out during the day and put a pullup on b/c we don't want to try, show them that if we have to go potty while we are out we use a public one.  And show them your confidence in them and your confidence in knowing that everything is ok and nothing bad will happen to them (esp in the big scary restrooms).

If you need help implementing a plan, let me know and I can help!  If you are frustrated, write a comment and get it off your chest.  We all have been there and know how frustrating it can be! 

And as always, remember CONSISTANCY is key!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

2wks in

I think we are officially 2 weeks in.  It's been a long messy 2weeks!! I'll admit I questioned myself everyday for the first week, but kept reassuring myself that consistency would eventually pay off, and it has!!  I think yesterday was our first accident free day at home.  She went on her potty all by herself every time.  And last night I was cleaning up after dinner and the rest of the crew was in the living room and she just sat on her potty and went peepee and poopoo!!! She's been doing really well with going poopoo on the potty, she just sometimes wakes up with it in her pullup.  But if she's up she will go in her potty!

Some things I've noticed/learned:

- with peepee, I have to back off a little, just give her a few reminders and let her go on her own
- she doesn't have a potty dance but rather a 'face' she makes when she has to go... she'll stop in her tracks and have this look like 'oh, here it comes' lol
- she will also start holding herself, and with my 2nd daughter I remember it was a hesitation in her voice, not a dance as well!  So look for their signals!
- she can hold it for about an hour after she drinks a cup of juice and then she'll go a little at a time for about a half hour and then be good for a couple of hours
- she could care less about stickers so I do candy for poops and fruit snacks or a homemade treat for peepee, but she doesn't really ask for it, I do it as a reward and once in a while!

- she does like to do the peepee's on the potty dance after she goes potty
- she likes to wash her hands after she goes potty, so those are some good rewards as well!

Now she still goes in her pullups while we are out so I really try to limit the amount of time we go out or the amount of time I keep her in a pullup.  I'm hoping that within the next two weeks she will start staying dry when we go out for short periods of time.

Some things to work on:

- I think I will give her one more week of bare bottom at home
- start the routine of putting undies on her right after she goes potty and going outside to play or for a walk and then come in after a half hour and have her sit on the potty.  Hopefully that will teach her two things, go potty before we leave the house and keep undies dry!! 
- I also have been putting the potty outside during playtime as a reminder to go when she needs to

So proud of my big girl! 

Remember... Consistency!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

PeePee's on the Potty

So we are a few days shy of two weeks into potty training.  We definitely ARE NOT ready for undies yet, but we have made some significant improvements since my last post.  On Friday she woke up nearly dry and I took her pullup off right away and she peed in her potty w/in 20 mins.   Then that morning we went to playgroup and she peed on the potty there and then a few times at home.... but when she woke up from nap she was not on her game.  The few days after that were close to the same- half of the day good, half bad.  Just when I was about to pull my hair out she would go all by herself w/o me prompting and come and tell me when she would go.  My husband and I think she just doesn't want me telling her when to go.... lol stubborn little thing.  Today we were almost accident free, she went on the potty all day except for nap time of course and once after egg hunting when I took her pullup off(which was dry).  Which leads me to believe (as I always have) the pullup is confusing her.  Today she peed on her potty right before she got into the tub for a bath and then right when she got out of the tub.  And then this evening she had two accidents while I was having her sit on the potty every so often.... go figure.  I will just continue to move forward and stay at home as much as possible so that she can hopefully be accident free (bare bottom wise) by the end of this upcoming week!! 

Remember Consistency is Key!