Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tuesday Talk: Potty Training

We are entering a new, foreign territory at our house called POTTY TRAINING.

Olive started showing signs she was ready to start this summer so I decided once we got moved I would work on it with her.  Her pediatrician said signs to look for to show readiness were: wanting privacy when she went to the bathroom in her diaper, announcing when she was going, being curious about the potty, going longer periods of time with a dry diaper, not wanting to wear diapers, and waking up dry from naps/bedtime.  Olive was showing many of those signs so I felt good about getting started.

I purchased a small potty,
potty seat for the potty
her favorite character underware
a few potty books
and her favorite juice & candies.

I don't think there's one right way to potty train.
Each kid is different so you have to do what works for your family.
I thought I'd share what's been working for us for the past few weeks:

We have been working hard on pottying in the potty on days when we are home.
We've had a really low key schedule and have stayed home a lot lately.

If we are out and about or traveling, she's still wearing a diaper.
She gets embarrassed when she has an accident so I don't feel like she's quite mastered pottying consistently enough to go out and about in underwear.

We give treats for going on the potty.

Read potty books often.

Setting a timer on my phone so I ask her often about pottying.

Talk all about the potty and the routine of going potty.

Practice hand washing.

Wearing lots of dresses because they are easier than messing with pants.
Summertime definitely seems like a great time to potty train :)

I'm not in a big rush since she just turned two.
We went through a phase early on of her not wanting to wear panties.
We worked through it and she's fine with them now.
She feels like it's a fun potty game we're playing and she's definitely getting better at it.
She's having less accidents and making great progress so far.
She's proud of all of her new potty things and she talks about going potty a lot.
She tells people "I potty training!"
So I'm happy with our progress
and know we still have some work ahead of us to get this new skill mastered.

Do you have any potty training tips that you'd recommend to me??
Olive and I would love to hear them :)

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  1. I'm in the potty training process with Jack as well. Jack loves to flush but he knows he has to produce results in order to get to flush. He'll go when I mention it but has yet to take it upon himself to just go. Last night (I thought he was ready to poop) he sat on the potty chair for awhile since I let him play with the ipad. No pooping results yet but I remain hopeful because he is showing lots of signs of being ready. Good luck to us both!!!

  2. We are starting to potty train too. We just got a potty and the Potty book which I love ( Tinkle Tinkle Toot!) She goes before bath every night and that's about as far as we've gotten. I'll be so excited when I don't have to wash diapers every other day!

  3. OMG, I used to use M&M minis with my boys when they were potty training. Worked sometimes, other times it didn't. Somehow the day care was able to get them trained. Mommy fail. ;) Linking up with you lovely ladies on #TuesdayTalk. Lowanda of Sunshine and Elephants.

  4. Bribery! Good old fashion bribery! LOL! Way back when, training 3 girls back to back - a bowl full of candy helped. Yup. Sweets worked. Forget everything else they tell you and buy candy!! See how serious I am about this. You said it though perfectly - whatever works for one family, doesn't work for another. Everyone has to know their kiddos and go from there. One piece of advice - don't rush it. It will backfire! Hang in there, I've never known any child to go to kindergarten in diapers.

  5. When we potty trained my daughter, we found a potty doll at Target and it was a big hit during those early weeks of training. A little creepy, but she loved it. Also, for outings, we love the Potette Plus!

  6. I love all of these tips. Olivia is just starting to go on the big girl potty, but not consistently. We probably won't push her for another month or two. Fingers crossed she'll get it down by February.


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