Last week I proclaimed that it was time to do this thang, and so do it we did. Over the last week we've been working really hard to potty train P. I felt like we were mentally prepared and had all of the goodies we could possibly need to get this started. It's still a work in progress, but each day is getting better. She's understanding what she is supposed to do and when and while we still have some accidents and every other sentence out of my mouth has been do you have to go potty?, she is beginning to understand and getting herself to the potty. Next week she starts daycare again so here's hoping this week show even more progress!
Today I'm sharing a few tips and tricks I'm learning along the way, and thanks once again to my dear friend Carly for guiding me on a lot of this.
A few things I've learned so far:
1. Be ready. I think it went so well because in addition to us being ready, she was kind of ready. She knew what the potty was, she understood what went in the potty. We didn't just spring the whole concept on her the first day and expect the world. I also would have held off if she was 100% opposed.
2. Having all the stuff ahead of time was really helpful. Thanks to Carly for that.
3. A rewards system really works. Doesn't matter what the reward is, do what will resonate with your child. Penelope loves stickers and she loves snacks so she gets one sticker for doing #1 and two for #2. When she fills a column on her chart (4 stickers), she gets to pick from a variety of treats including but not limited to fruit, fruit snacks, and lollipops.
4. Don't push too hard. Sometimes I'll ask her if she has to go when I think she should and if she doesn't need to but I keep pushing it, she gets really frustrated and tears ensue. I'm learning to back off and let her take the lead.
5. Move the potty out of the bathroom. Carly recommended moving the free-standing potty to an area where Penelope plays and where we spend a lot of time, to start. This way, she didn't have to leave the TV or her play things to do her business which made her a lot more willing to go. It will be a lot easier to transition this to the bathroom in the coming days, than to have to spend hours and hours fighting with her to go in the bathroom. Also, putting it on a hardwood or tile floor, a mat underneath it, or at least rolling up your carpet is suggested.
6. Praise is good. We make a BIG deal when she goes and I tell her how proud I am. Her face lights up and she knows she has done good...and that makes her want to keep on doing it.
7. Patience is kween. It's alllll about the patience. I've tried really hard not to show frustration with accidents or when she fights about going on the potty. Shaun has been amazingly patient and calm with her. I'm trying my best!
What are your potty training tips? What have you learned? Are you getting ready to potty train your tot soon? And please...share some hilarity on the subject!