Okay, one last post on this topic I promise. Then never again will these words be spoken. Most of you are past this point but for a few who might be looking for encouragement, I wanted to share my experience. Now, you think you know it all when it comes to potty training and then you get the kid that stumps you or maybe is smarter than you. Who knows. If you can relate then you know where I am with this little one. Things don't always go easily with this her, especially if it is not her idea.
Here is what I have learned potty training my fourth and most reluctant of children. I have to thank my blogger friend Kris for encouraging me to just take the time and take away the diapers and go for it.
1. Do decide to potty train and carve out about two weeks to stay home and just focus on the task.
I was able to get out and have older kids or hubby keep her at it but for the most part, I was the main potty trainer.
2. Just let your little one know when they wake up one day that diapers are for only night time and naps and slap on those cute panties or big boy pants and let her rip. We tried to stay outside a lot the first day for accidents and I just brought the potty outside.
3. Don't be afraid to put that potty seat in strange places. I had it in front of the TV with a big blanket and towels underneath for a few days so I could get her to sit there. Remember this is a reluctant one so this was my best bet on getting her to do this.
4. Keep your cool and when accident occur just keep encouraging. By the third day I thought maybe this wasn't going to work as she had just pee peed a few times on the potty but just when I wanted to give up, she totally got it by the fourth day. Give lots of drinks and fruit and veggies to make #2 easier.
5. Treats of all sorts really worked with this kid. I literally bribed her the first few days with clearance toys I had tucked away. Frankly a few toys are cheaper than a pack of diapers so go for it.
6.Don't try to get much done while doing this. I literally stayed with her to keep an eye on her and remind her for the first few days. Keep your stress down so theirs will too.
7. Don't embark on this adventure the week you are pms-ing. What was I thinking or not thinking? No wonder it seemed so stressful there for a few days but now three-four weeks out she is totally trained and has gone in a public restroom (YUCK) and at grandma's even when I forgot her little seat. I am so glad I did not give up. I still put a diaper on her at night and nap time as she is not always dry. I just remove it as soon as she wakes up. YEAH!!! I will not be doing this again ever...until grandkids.
Time Warp Wife