Thursday, April 16, 2015

One Year and Beyond Link Up-Our Potty Training Stories!


Our potty training journey began when my daughter was around 18 months. At least that's when I wanted it to begin. *Cue all the experienced mama's laughter*. I really thought that my daughter was going to potty train just because I decided she was ready. 

It didn't take long for me to realize, that she wasn't.

I tried the "three day method" and we sat at home for three long days with movies, juice and no diaper. When I let her sit on the potty to watch movies, she did great and would pee in the potty after about an hour of sitting, but unless she was sitting on the potty all day long, she went on the floor. 

It took me all three days to realize that my daughter really didn't have two necessary skills to potty train. 

1. She wasn't even aware when she was peeing. 
2. She didn't know how to intentionally pee

Mamas, trust me when I say, those capabilities are necessary!

And so I swallowed my pride and decided to wait.

A month before she turned 2, she started telling me all on her own that she needed to poop on the potty. Along with that, she finally discovered how to let her pee go in the potty as well. 
And yes, she does sing "Let It Go" when she is on her potty chair. 
Oh the irony!

As soon as she showed interest in using the potty, I added to her interest with a double reward system that included princess stickers AND chocolate chips. Every time she peed or pooped on the potty she received a sticker to put on her chart as well as a chocolate chip. Since she knew how to pee and poop on the potty, she willingly participated in my game!

After just a week of the reward system, she was in panties with only 1-2 accidents a week. Woop woop!

The key for us, was first of all waiting for her to have the ability to control her bowel movements and then consistently rewarding her, encouraging her and teaching her! I also had to remember to take her to the bathroom every couple of hours when we were home and when we were out. It is actually a lot more time consuming than changing a diaper at my convenience, but it sure beats changing a stinky one!

 Initially, I had my own idea of how potty training was going to work based on things I had read, but we ended up working together and figuring out our own system! I would love to hear how all of you mamas figured it out with your toddlers as well!

P.S. When we went on vacation 4 months later, I decided to put her back in diapers since I didn't know when we would be around a bathroom. BIG MISTAKE! She regressed and it has taken us over a month of consistently working with her to get back to where we had been. Don't do what I did!

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In this link up we want to share with you what we've found that has worked for us as new mamas to toddlers. Because we're experts  after being moms for a few years or so, right? Not really, but we have some experience and want to share what we've learned and we'd love to learn from you, too!

               Here's our Hosts for this round!







Here are the topics we will be talking about this Month!

April 2nd. Spring activities and craft ideas for toddlers.

April 9th.  How  you keep your toddler occupied while grocery shopping.

April 15th.  Potty Training.

April 22.Ways to distract a toddler while you're cooking/cleaning etc.

April 29th Clothes shopping for your toddler. (Where do you get the best deals, where do you shop, how do you save money) etc

 
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3 comments:

  1. I love that you shared this! I pulled the potty chair out when Emerson was about 18 months too. He would go if I put him on the potty, but we usually had to wait for a while. He will usually go before or after bath time, but I've not really tried to really potty train him. I know I need to, and I think he's ready. So this post was great to read! I hope we are successful!

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  2. I need to try the stickers AND choco chip method with my son when we really hit the potty training! Thanks for sharing a great potty training idea :) Cute story and congrats on the potty training success!
    Amy @ http://www.livinglifetruth.com/

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  3. Perfect timing over here. I am literally in day One of the adventure with my 24 month old daughter. I texted my mother after the 4th or 6th accident in 2 hours (with no success in between) to whine… and she directed me here. I trying to convince myself to keep trying at least 12 hrs before I call her not ready… the thing is… I don't think I'm ready for this! Thank you for the encouragement! What scares me most is I have to do this at least 2 more times (with my 12 month old and bubs due Sept.)…

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