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Potty Training

Here we go!

When Alex takes a bath I've started asking him, towards the end, if he can pee for me (in the tub). The last two times he has! Each time I gave him a sticker. Next step is to hole-punch a bunch of colorful dots and make peeing in the toilet a game. Biggrin No idea if he'll take to it.

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How did it work with Raymond Virginia? What did you do - what worked what didn't with him?

I have to say Evan doesn't seem "there" yet. He seems interested when I go to the bathroom and now says "go potty" but I don't think he really understands when I go what I'm doing.

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That's actually a really tough question to answer. Here's a rundown of how it went

leading up to PTing we watched a lot of "Once Upon a Potty". We read it a lot, too. We had a potty and sat him on it occasionally, took him into the bathroom with us, etc.

3-28-10 (27 1/2 mo): He was in the tub and looked like he was about to poop, so I put him on the potty. He peed and pooped.

3-29-10 I took off his diaper and had a potty in the livingroom. I had a piece of paper on which I noted successes and accidents. He got better as the day went on. But, basically, he knew what to do. He got a sticker each time he went.

3-30-10 No accidents all day.

At that point, he was mostly good for a while as long as we were home. He would pee and poop in the potty and even empty it out. Then one day he pooped on the floor and it was all over. We didn't scold him or anything. It was weird. I don't recall how long the good spell lasted, but after that nothing we did could get him using the potty again.

I gave up for a while while I dealt with m/s and such. Then in Nov started up again. still nothing worked. In early Jan I hold punched a lot of colorful dots, dropped a few in the potty, and told him if he peed on them I'd give him a sticker. It worked. Then we set the following "rules"
1. we'd go to the potty every hour of so and I'd give him dots to pee on
2. If he peed he got to flush and put a sticker on a piece of paper on the wall
3. If he was still dry from the last trip he got a chocolate chip, too
4. brush off accidents

He took to it really well, and started objecting to diapers. A few days later I sent him to preschool in a diaper and they told me he used the potty all morning. After that it was just underwear. He had few accidents and started going longer between bathroom trips.
Poop took months. What finally worked was finding the right bribe. He know what I wanted, but he didn't want to do it.

I definitely think the first steps is getting him to pee on comand. it shows he knows what you want and what he's doing. The tub is great for that. So is running around naked. I did that with Alex and when he peed I'd say "You're going peepee! Look at that!"

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:goodluck: I am tempted to start Brekke but with the new baby I just don't dare right now. Plus she has no idea when she's about to pee and she doesn't mind sitting in a dirty diaper :rolleyes: Oh well, hopefully soon.

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Virginia - Peeing on dots sounds like a neat game for teaching boys to pee, good luck.

Katie - Are you comfortable letting Evan use a potty while you are on it? I say give it a go, I'm all for early potty training.

*AFM*

Natalie really just needed a routine to learn (gotta love routines) both her School and I would take her to the potty on a regular basis at first, eventually she learned when she needed to go and just went. We do have some accidents still because she gets involved in play and doesn't want to go to the washroom, but if we find some thing to motivate her to use the washroom then she'll go, often we just let her bring the toy she is playing with to the washroom.

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I've been holding Luke on the toilet (without an extra baby seat) and he'll pee. Then he get two chocolate chips. I've even got him wiping and flushing. No poops yet, and he only uses the toilet maybe once or twice day. It's more of a fun game than anything else.

Cari

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Cari - sounds like he's ready to go! Have you considered just putting him in underwear for a day and taking him every 30-60 minutes?

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Hmm Aiden was doing really well and then we left for the weekend and went to Great Wolf Lodge and I've basically quit. He will pee in the potty when I take him and definately knows what hes doing. Poops are pretty much hit and miss, mostly miss. I think if I could put him in underwear he'd have the pee part 100% in a couple of days. I'm just too lazy to deal with the poop mess at this point.

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Virginia, you think so? I guess I just didn't feel like putting forth the effort because he's still young, but maybe he is ready. He is super baby after all... Wink

Cari

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They can be surprisingly young when ready, my mother had me trained by 12 months and my sister by 18 months. We missed the window on Dana due to her child care facility, she could have been trained at 15 months, Natalie our laziness is really what delayed the her potty training, she was showing signs really early, in fact she would cry before dirty/wet diapers before 6 months.

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Cari - I think it's worth a try! He might really surprise you. Yeah, it's a hassle. It's tough to take that step and have to deal with accident and knowing where the bathrooms are, etc. But it's worth it. If he doesn't take to it just go back to what you were doign and try again later.

Alex's training was not such a success. We'll try again later. It'll be easier when Olvier is a little older and less needy.

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I think I'll probably wait for the baby to be born. Evan just seems so clueless. He doesn't get upset with a dirty diaper either. I can't wait to not have to change him though. He's a beast to change kicks and flips around fights. Ugh. I am trying to talk about it more in the tub etc but so far...nada

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we got a poop! Alex was showing all his signs, so I took him to the toilet (despiute his protests) and sat him down and read him 2 books: Everyone Poops and Where's the Poop (a favorite around here). And he pooped! I told him he could have some M&Ms, but when he was done he requested a lollipop. Lol

I just got a bunch of reward stuff: stickers, little toys, etc from Oriental Trading, so that should help encourage him and also hopefully bribe Raymond to good behavior. I also got paper confetti for Alex to pee on. I'm tired of cutting out dots and squares. He still hasn't peed in the toilet for us, but he loves asking me to drop dots in so he can "try".

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Okay. Alex is basically potty trained! Here's what we did...

prelude: made sure he knew when he was peeing, how to make himself pee, and was willing to sit on the potty (and/or try to pee standing). We did lots of trials runs on the potty and praised whenever he did something in it. We also taught him how to take undies off.

day before: told him that we were going to say "bye bye diapers" and just wear big boy undies. We talked about where pee and poop are supposed to go.

Day 1: in AM took off his diaper, took him to the potty. He peed and we put on big boy undies. Every 15-30 minutes all day DH or I took him to the potty. If he peed he got a stamp on his hand (or foot) and if he had stayed dry from the last trip he got a tiny candy (we used smarties, with Raymond it was chocolate chips). He had accidents. We reminded him he was supposed to pee in the potty and had him sit on it and try to pee. He wore a diaper for him nap.

Day 2: It was a warm, sunny day so we took him to the playground in a pull-up (I wanted to take him in undies but didn't press the issue when DH didn't). It set us back a day, easily. He had an accident or two in the pull-up and just ignored it. He had a bunch of accidents in the evening, too.

Day 3: underwear all day again, still taking him to the potty every 15-30 minutes. He had a few accidents in the morning, but did pretty well over all. After dinner he disappeared for a little bit and when I caught up with him he told me "I did a big, big poop. I peed on my foot." Both were true. I reminded him where those things were supposed to go and changed his underwear. After he had gotten another pee in the potty it was bedtime.

Day 4: In the morning he started to pee and said "I'm getting wet!" I told him to stop peeing and go to the bathroom. He did, and he finished peeing in the toilet. That was his only accident all day. He even woke dry from a 4 hour nap! We started letting him go longer between trips and before bedtime he had taken himself when he had to pee! He even went to the potty on his own when he had to poop (even though he holds it until the last minute and poops hurt him). After we put him in bed he got up, took his diaper off, and went to the potty again.

Day 5 (today): He woke up dry this morning! We've mostly been letting him take himself to the potty and he's been going longer between trips and peeing more each time. We still need to teach him how to pull up underwear, and haven't put pants over the underwear yet, but we're basically there. Smile

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I have to laugh - that sounds A LOT like the advice I give people about housebreaking a dog be it an adult who lived outside or a puppy. Like I could have written it only puppy instead of kid and outside with praise instead of potty Wink

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Natalie still has accidents (maybe once a month),to her its a full on crisis when it happens. She is both day and night trained at this point. Bribery didn't work on Natalie very well we just had to make going potty enjoyable she was allowed to bring 1 or 2 small toys on the toilet. The other thing she wanted to be a big girl and use a toilet so we got a stool and she would sit on the big one (at first with no little seat, cause she insisted on using the big potty) thankfully after her 4 year old cousin borrowed her seat for the big toilet she started using the little seat on the big toilet.

Every child is different and sometimes the biggest difficulty is figuring out what works once you do know what works then I found PTing was quite easy.