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!