The dreaded potty training.
We all have to do it eventually and what way we choose to do it, well, that’s on the individual. I’m no expert so don’t take me word for word, but this is just what has worked for my kids — all three times. So firstly, wait until they’re ready or are showing consistent signs. Telling you when they need to go, running to the corner at a certain time during the day, staying drier for longer periods of time. If most of these things apply and their potty schedule is predictable then it may be time to start.
So I’m not sure what the newest trend for potty training is but I am anti pull-ups and a fan of being naked. As you may gather, I’m into efficient and the most bang for your buck. To prepare for this glorious mission, you’ll need a trip to target. Stock up on rewards, food for you and the family, snacks, a ton of beverages for your little, Clorox wipes, dog pee pads and last but not least a baby toilet. WHEW. Rewards that I have used in the past are tic-tacs, mini M&M’s and gummies.
The next 3 days you will be housebound. Pick 3 ish days that you can be fully committed to your kiddo. The girls only needed the three but Travis needed 5, but 3 of the 5 were strictly housebound. Okay. So you can do the next part a couple of different ways, you could set up a rewards chart using paper, markers, stickers. I gave stickers for trying, I gave one sweet treat for pee and two for poop. Pooping on the potty chair is a little bit more of a task than getting a pee. Most kids think it’s scary so don’t expect poop on the first day. Set up a spot in your house, probably in front of the TV, close to a bathroom and snack accessible. Pee pad down, potty chair on, and a bucket of toys in reach. Don’t forget the reward chart. Your kiddo, if really ready to potty train will understand a reward chart.
Now to start– commit 100%. Make sure EVERYONE that is in your family, daycare, etc is on board with the plan. Consistency is key. Get a great night sleep and whatever you need for patience. Once your kiddo wakes for the day, tell them today is the day! NO diapers. Put them right on the PC (potty chair) and hopefully, you’ll get a tinkle. Explain to them where they’re spot is and what goes in there. Literally set a timer for every 15 minutes! It is daunting, it is trying but they’ll get it. The very first time your babe goes on the potty, bring you the theatrics and put on a full on show. GET excited! Dance, sing, put the sticker on the chart and give the reward ASAP. Don’t forget to tell them why they’re getting all of the praise. Hopefully, you’ve hyped up the use of the potty chair enough– now to do it for 3 more days! 🙂 Don’t forget the coffee and then the wine. FYI: for naps and bedtime put the diapers back on.
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