Monday, August 30, 2010

Potty Training, Take 1

Sooooo...we attempted potty-training boot camp. Okay, we kind of attempted it. Becca was good about telling us when she was peeing or when she had peed, but not when she needed to go. I figured that would take a little time to learn. After one afternoon/evening and one morning, though, Becca was no longer liking sitting on the potty, so we decided that it was time to back off and take a different approach. When Becca decides she doesn't want to do something, it's best not to make it an issue; she redefines stubborn (which, as I've said before, saved her life, but, wow, it can make things difficult!). I think I'm going to try to make the potty fun again by giving her an M&M (great reward for her!) every time she sits on it, and then have some "panty time" while we are home each day. Depending on how that goes, we may try boot camp again in a month or two. I still think that when's she ready, she'll really take to the all-or-nothing approach; she's an all-or-nothing kind of kid. Who knows. We did learn a few lessons this weekend:
  • Consistency is key. Or at least, not being consistent isn't going to get us anywhere. I definitely found myself slacking. I will really need to get a good night's sleep before our next boot camp!
  • The girl can control her body! For example, she went 3 full hours without peeing on the first day. And she didn't poop for nearly 3 days (one day before boot camp), I think because she didn't want to poop in her underwear. (She normally poops everyday, and, trust me, she wasn't clogged up. :) )
  • Queen-size fitted sheets make great slipcovers. Due to my husband's stroke of genius 4 years ago in the Rooms to Go outlet (outside Atlanta - it's amazing!), our den furniture is leather, which makes for easy cleaning, but still...urine on furniture is not ideal. Next time, I think I'll dig out the flannel sheets for even better coverage.
  • Contrary to my assumption, Becca doesn't care if her panties are wet. Oh well.
We gave it a try; we'll keep working on it; and I'll keep you posted!


  1. Just thought I'd pass on a suggestion that worked for us (Michael wasn't a big fan of just sitting on the potty either), we got a kid oriented potty training video from the library and then brought his potty out to the tv room and let him watch the video while sitting on the potty. We also sometimes just let him watch a cartoon or PBS or whatever on the potty too.

  2. Nathan is the same way on your fourth bullet point. I put big-boy underwear on him, and a pull-up over that (easy clean-up) cares in the world. He peed in the underwear just like a pull-up and he is ALMOST 3! (though I have heard it takes boys my defense [smile]).

    Good luck! I enjoy reading your posts in hopes I can find inspiration for my child!

  3. Great minds, my friend. Although, admittedly, you learned much more useful things than I did!!! :)

  4. I think she did mind the wet underwear. She always told me after she peed, I think because it was uncomfortable to her. If we can only get her to tell us before she pees...