As you may remember from previous posts, Naomi has been accustomed to using the potty since she was barely 13 months old. I know that may sound ridiculous to some, but at that stage in the game, I just had fun with it: wanting her to get familiar with the potty and what it is all about. She took to it well from the very beginning, and we would laugh and sing songs as we flushed the potty and played with diapers. I'd talk about being dry vs being wet so she would start to understand what was happening with her body. This stage of becoming acquainted lasted for a while, of course (from around 13-14 months to 18 months old).
|trying on mama's new shirt with her new training pants on. Feb 2012 - 21 months|
|showing us her handstand in her underwear after first day of gymnastics - Feb 2012|
|22 months old at the lakehouse|
Soon, and not too long ago, she let us know when she was ready, and it was during the week of her second birthday. It's almost like she knew that she was turning into "a big girl" since we had talked it up so about being two years old. We took that trip to the lake, and she wanted nothing else to do with diapers and wanted nothing but her "big girl panties." She genuinely gets excited about choosing which ones to wear from day to day, and I made sure to purchase different colors, patterns, and designs to keep her interested. Her new favorites as of this week: purple. and anything princess. Gotta love this girl.
So, now we've got a potty-trained toddler and a new baby will be making his entrance within a couple of months! I'm loving the fact that I will not have two in diapers! And I'm so excited to start the diaper process all over again and this time with a boy! I bet he'll be even easier to train - we'll just take him outside! :)
|in big girl britches full time - week of 2nd birthday|
1. Make Pottytime a Part of Routine and Be Consistent - making bathroom time part of your young child's daily routine will help them develop a better understanding for what all this potty business (and the signs of their body) is all about! Take them when you go, let them watch Dad, talk to them about it, and take them when you think they need to go. Be prepared to take them where ever you may be from day to day. On a long car ride? Stop at the rest stop. Where ever YOU go, they should at least try to go too.
2. Use rewards - using rewards simply makes it more exciting for them. Grab a book of 500 stickers from your local arts and crafts store (they're $1), and let them choose stickers after they go. Stickers, animal stamps with different color washable ink, and singing silly songs really worked with Naomi. I tried a potty chart (stickers or stamps on a chart), but it seemed to be over her head. Keeping it simple and immediate works best.
3. Pick out cute/fun underwear - training pants, panties, underwear - whatever you choose, keep them fun! Naomi loves picking them out in the morning and helping me fold them and put them away. Super Skivvies are my favorite - available online at superskivvies.biz This lady works out of her home and makes the cutest training pants, and the best thing about them? When your child is potty trained, the extra absorber comes out and they are ready to be used as big kid britches!
|our collection of the super cute superskivvies.|
5. Use plastic pants - They are inexpensive and are great at keeping messes IN while allowing child to still feel wet. We use them at night now, but during the final stages of potty training, we wore them out and about.
6. Purchase a potty seat for over the toilet - For less than $10, we purchased Omi a small seat that fits over the regular pot. She feels like a big girl using it, and in the beginning, I didn't have to worry about her falling in! And to me, it's way better than cleaning a small, plastic potty over and over again.
7. Keep it fun! Whatever you do, don't get angry during this time of learning. Don't get pushy, and don't expect too much. Kids will learn at the pace that they are comfortable with, and if you keep it fun and lighthearted, it will be for them too. If you seem frustrated, then more often than not, they will be frustrated too. So sing silly songs, offer praises constantly, give them books to read while on the potty, and when accidents happen, it's ok. Talk about it for a few seconds ("oops! you are wet. doesn't it feel nice to be dry?" or, my favorite: "shoo-wee! that smells bad! your turn to smell it. yuck."), and move on. Seriously, that last one worked! And remember, there are many accidents in your future. That's just part of the process.