Potty Training Techniques. Don’t Say the “P” Word! POTTY! Guys, potty training is no joke. It is downright hard. You can be 100% ready to get your child out of diapers, (because let’s be honest, diapers are stinking expensive), but if he is not ready, there is no making it happen. You could read every potty training book, article, magazine out there, but it will all happen only when your child is ready. This post is all about our experiences potty training Oliver.
Introduction of the potty
Don’t say the “P” word. Shortly after Oliver turned 2 we introduced the potty. We had bought a cute one, in hopes it would make Oliver want to sit on it. I remember thinking at the time, how nice it will be to only have to buy a couple of packs of cute boy undies and no longer fork out the money for diapers. Here we are six months later and still buying training pants. Still laughing at how ridiculous that thought was. Oliver understood the peeing on the potty concept but did not understand that he had to tell us when he needed to go. It was going to be a work in progress.
A few more months passed, and we were still having accidents in the training pants. Definitely did not poop on the potty. He had accidentally pooped on the potty once, and it scared him, so we were back to square one. I decided to just jump all in one weekend. Oliver was showing interest but he needed to understand when he had the feeling to go and let us know.
So, I set an alarm on my phone for every 15mins. When that alarm went off, we went to the potty to try and pee. If he went pee, he would get a couple M&M’s. If he didn’t pee, we waited another 15 mins and tried again. After a few days of this, he finally understood the feeling of having to go and he was potty trained for going pee. Of course, had a few accidents here and there but that is to be expected.
Now to the poo
We were in the clear with him peeing on the potty. He would tell us when he needed to pee but we still had to wear training pants because he refused to poop on the potty. I was beginning to think we were going to have a 3-year-old still in training pants (not that there is anything wrong with that) I was coming to terms with it. Oliver still expected M&M’s after going pee on the potty. So, I decided he would not get his treat until he pooped on the potty.
Literally, the next day it seemed like the light switch flipped. He told me he needed to poop on the potty and he did. I don’t know what changed, if it was he wanted a treat or if he finally was ready, but we had made it. There was light at the end of a very long tunnel.
Oliver still has accidents, but he wakes up in the morning dry and we are wearing big boy undies throughout the day. I feel like we finally can say that Oliver is potty trained!! But, don’t say the “P” word! Potty training techniques.
Also, don’t think we are in the clear either, we still get to wipe the poopy butt. And soon enough Emmitt will be at the point, and we will start this whole potty training process over again. For all the Glamorous and Gross aspects of being a Mom please read my post.
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