Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Potty Training Take 2

When I started potty training Grace back in August, I never imagined that I'd be writing another post about it over 3 months later. I figured within a couple of weeks, she'd be fully potty trained. She was doing fairly well, but then she got a bad pneumonia and it all went downhill. With her being so sick, I couldn't expect her to run back and forth so we put her back in diapers. Well, it's been a couple of months since then and I kept telling myself we needed to get back to using the potty. But honestly, I haven't been looking forward to it. Because every time I asked her if she wanted to use the potty, she would say "NO! Grace diapers!" meaning that she prefers to wears diapers. 

She's a stubborn little thing and I know that the older she gets, the harder it will be to get her away from her beloved diapers, so I threw down the gauntlet yesterday. Mike and I talked about it all weekend telling her how much fun it was going to wear "big girl panties." So Monday morning, I put her in a pull up and she hasn't worn a diaper since. It's going......okay. 

It's a slow process with lots of setbacks. And honestly, as much as the parenting experts tell you not to get mad or punish them for accidents, it's REALLY hard not to. There are moments that I just have to walk away for a few seconds to calm myself down. She still won't tell me when she needs to go so I have to remind her. If she's busy with an activity, she gets really frustrated that she has to stop. We've had some success with singing the song from Daniel Tiger "if you have to go potty, stop and go right away!" If you've seen that show at all, you know that song. It gets in your head and never goes away. Plus, Connor is obsessed with trying to play in the toilet right now. So trying to keep him away from her while she's in the bathroom is difficult to say the least. 

Thankfully, today has been going much better than yesterday and I hope it continues to go well. We're using a sticker chart and a bag of prizes to help keep her motivated. I think it's going to work this time. She seems much more into it. I need to think of a big prize to give her at the end when she's fully potty trained.

Do you have any great potty training tips? I think most parents dread this phase and advice is much appreciated! 


1 comment:

  1. Don't use pull ups.... They're just glorified diapers. Let her be uncomfortable in wet undies.... She won't like it.

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