We are doing the potty training thing now...
My daughter started out wanting to tee tee on the potty before she was 2- and we are just now getting it down, at 3 yrs, 3 months. I used m & ms (1 for tee tee, 2 for poopy) and had a treat bag with small "rewards" in it (books from the consignment sale, small beanie babies, dollar tree stuff) for when she went poopy on the potty (this is what she didn't want to do). She also has a calendar for her stars, and if she got a star everyday for a week, she could get a video from the library. When she turned 3, I knew she could do it, she just didn't want to. So I told her "You're big enough, Dr. Hale said you could do it- here are your big girl panties. Don't wet them!" and used pull ups for nap and nighttime. Of course, that was when she went poopy
. So, no pull up for naptime. Fortunately for us, she hates wetting her pants, and will try to clean it up before we get there
, so only a few accidents after the first week or so. She's also getting the hang of pooping on the potty (only 2 big girl panty accidents
)-she realized that she liked getting the toys out of the bag, and we made it a BIG DEAL when she did ("Daddy is going to be so proud of you!!! Wanna call him?"- stuff like that
When she does have an accident, I make it her "problem" (to the extent than one can with a 3 year old
has to take off her pants and put them in the dirty clothes (or on the washer, etc.), she has to help clean it up... no more getting to get on the changing table and make faces at herself in the mirror
, no more mommy fussing over her when she has an accident- all business. This is what seems to have helped the most with my stubborn little girl
. If she wants some mommy time, then she has to do something else- ask to be read to, be played with, rock in the rocking chair... not mess up her big girl pants.
Oh, and when she is "potty trained" (2 weeks, no accidents) she gets a Betta fish in a pink fishbowl (bought the bowl as a reminder
Potty training - ARRGGGHHHH!