Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Potty Training Success (Part Two)

Miss A has been doing so fantastic with potty training. We're officially over a week in now, and I am just so amazing by how quickly she has taken to it. We've been 72 hours with no accidents now; not while she's sleeping, not when she first wakes up, not while we're out and about.

Saturday morning, we left the house before she did her morning "dirty." She's typically pretty predictable with that, an hour or two after she gets up. But Saturday, nope. We had a meet-up at 10:30, so I had to leave the house by 10: before she went. I already knew that we'd have a problem, but I bought the potty along with us to try anyway. Once we got to the park, I set up her potty next to my car. Nothing. She was far too excited to go play, she wasn't going to sit still. Sure enough, about half an hour after we got there... "dirty." I didn't get mad, since I knew it was going to happen, but I was still a bit sad.

We went to the pool in the afternoon, and she did great there too. Granted, I'm almost certain she probably peed in the pool... but even fully potty trained kids to that, so I wouldn't be surprised. We spent the rest of that day at home, and had no problems at all. We're still sticking with the naked method, no undies unless we're out of the house or if she's sleeping. That night, she surprised me. Up until this point, we'd still been having nightly wake-ups, and wet beds after nap time. But something must have clicked for her on night 5 of potty training, and she waited. She woke up dry. I always put her potty in her room at night, so she has the option to use it. She did! All by herself, she took off her undies, peed, put them back on, and went back to sleep.

Sunday, she woke up dry again.  We waited until she did her morning deed before we went anywhere. Immediately after she was finished, we went to the commissary and were gone for a whopping two hours. And guess what? No accidents. Undies on, sitting (half way) still, for two hours, and she had no accidents. She even fell asleep on the way home, which is usually a bad thing, since the first thing she does when she wakes up is pee... nope! Golden. I was one shocked mama.

The remainder of Sunday, we hung out at home. We did make a quick trip to the pool again, and had no problems again. She was a pinch grouchy, so we left earlier than I would have liked... but any time away from the potty has to be good.

Monday (another dry morning), we went to the store for two or so hours again (after her morning deed), and had no problems. We even managed to find The Little Mermaid underwear, her latest obsession. We came home, and she napped for a whopping three and a half hours. I'd forgotten to put her potty in her room (of course, the day she naps the longest), and was fully prepared for a mess. Nothing! Well, nothing potty related. She did feel the need to empty her laundry basket on her floor, and use it as a tent. But that's better than having an accident in my book ;)

We spent quite a bit of time outside in the evening too. All good. Last night, she did great again. She took her undies off by herself again and used her potty before I woke up this morning. And now, as I was writing this, she did her first deed on the "big girl potty." We'd been using the Summer Infant Step by Step Potty, which she wasn't a huge fan of in the very beginning. The first few times we tried, she was more interested in playing with the potty than actually using it. This time, it's been so different. She much preferred this to using the big girl potty. I'm trying to slowly open her up to more potties, so while we're out, we don't have to bring her potty with her. So this morning, I didn't keep her potty readily accessible, which I thought for sure would cause problems. Nope! As I was writing this, she told me potty, so I offered to use the "big big girl potty," and she obliged. (What the what?!) We use the Dreambaby Soft Touch Potty Seat on the full sized toilet since it supports her much better than the removable seat that came with her Summer Infant potty. I can see a huge difference with how comfortable she is up there with this seat. It even has a little raise that comes between her legs to encourage proper sitting, rather than having her legs flail all over. With no problems at all, she did her morning deed in the big potty. I figure that I'll give her a few days before I try to really push for a public toilet. I may even have her use the toilet in our master bath, without the Dreambaby seat, having me hold her up (since that's how it will be in public until she gets a little bigger).

Regardless, I am so proud of her accomplishments. Less than a month after she turned two, and she's doing fantastic. Until she's willing to use any potty that she comes to, I don't want to consider her "fully" potty trained, but she is well on her way. I'm so proud of this kid.

God Bless ♥ V

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Potty Training so Far

The last time that we tried potty training Miss A, we made it about 12 hours before she started absolutely hating it. The first trip or two, she'd go like it was no big deal. But after that, screams, cries, and full on tantrums. She'd hold her pee for hours, to the point of physical pain... so I'd put a diaper back on her, she'd pee, and the world would go round and round.

Since we did quite a bit of traveling in June and July, I decided to wait a while before trying again. If she asked, I'd sit her on the potty, but I never asked her to. I thought a break might do both of us some good. During our break, I read up a lot on different techniques, tips, and ways to encourage potty training.

The first thing I found super helpful was letting her watch me use the bathroom. She's become quite the little parrot with her mimicry. So what mommy does, she does. She was far more comfortable with the idea of the potty since mommy used one several times a day.

The next thing I read about, but hadn't really tried yet was the naked method. In her brain, she has to have a diaper on to pee/poo. It has to go somewhere, right? So take away that option, and growth will kick in. While we were in MI this month, she took an unplanned dip in my parents' pond. Since we weren't planning on swimming, I let her jump in naked rather than soak her clothes and diaper. Well, ten minutes later, she comes running out of the water, "Mommy! Diaper, peee! Gotta potty!" She ran over, grabbed her diaper off the beach, held it against her so she could pee, then went about her business. (hello flashing sign! she's read to potty train!) So I assumed that this method would probably work well with her.

Another thing that I found somewhat psychology related, was kind of trickery. I didn't really want to resort to lying to her, but if it works... it works. "Oh no, we left all the diapers at grandma's house. I am so sorry Sweet Pea, but you have to use the potty now. All the diapers are gone." She totally bought it.

The last thing I found helpful was keeping her options open. She wants to use the tot-pot? Go for it. She wants to use the seat on the big girl potty? Okay! She wants mommy to hold her on the big girl potty without her seat? Sure, why not. Whatever makes her happy, sitting on the toilet, that's what we'll do.

So now, we're three days in, and she's doing great. I've come to the conclusion that she is associating underwear with cloth diapers, because the only accidents we've had in the last 48 hours is while she's wearing them. If she's naked, I don't even have to ask her about the potty. She just goes and does her thing. Both pee and poo have been no issue this go around. Even though we have a naked toddler running around our house, and going in public with her right now is practically impossible, I am so proud of how well she's doing. We went to Savannah this morning, and she had a few accidents (all while in undies). But as soon as we got home, she ran inside, squatted and took a poo on the potty. Five minutes later, she peed. I can barely believe how quickly she's catching on to this. I'm hoping that a few more days of nakedness and habit forming will start to ease the association with undies and cloth. My fingers are crossed that she'll be "completely" trained before my husband gets home. She still pees in her bed as soon as she wakes up in the morning, but actually wakes up dry. I'm going to try two different things with her in the next few days: sleeping naked with the potty next to her bed, and waking her up before I go to bed (two or so hours after she goes to sleep) to see if she'll go then. I'm hoping one or the other will work for her until the habit is solid.

No matter what, I really believe that this time is a go for her and I'm so proud and excited. I can't believe my sweet girl is growing up this quickly.