Jan 26, 2016

Adventures in Potty Training, Part II

I left off Part I with us making the decision to potty train Addison and our couple of starts then stops. We are definitely not experts in any way and maybe the way we chose to do it wouldn't be the way the "experts" would recommend but we went with what we thought was best for our kid, knowing her and her personality.


For the first day we started with a timer set every 30 minutes then we would have her try. We had her sit for about 5 minutes then if she didn't go we would go back in 15 minutes. If did go then we set the timer for another 30 minutes. We learned quickly that she needed more time in-between. So we upped the time to 45 minutes between and go back in 20 minutes if she didn't go when we had her try. That's when we learned that we were good with going and having her try every hour. She was old enough that she would go a decent amount each time she went and had the bladder control to wait the hour or so between.

She was definitely proud of herself each time she went which helped get her to try each time the
timer went off. It also turned out that she loved wearing underwear - like we thought it was much more comfortable than ill-fitting diapers.

We weren't accident free the first day but we reassured that it was okay and accidents happen but that she needed to let us know if she needed to go. Only the one accident that day which ended with a pull-up at bedtime which we planned to do at night. We told her over and over how proud we were of her. But we also knew we were far from done.

Even though she woke up with a wet pull-up, she still went when we got her up the next morning. We decided that we were going to spend more time that day putting the ball in her court. We wouldn't force her to go to the bathroom at a set time but instead we would ask her throughout the day if she needed to go and would just constantly remind her to let us know if she needed to go.

We asked her throughout the morning and she repeated no over and over. Finally she said yes and we hurried to the bathroom. Almost immediately she went and we talked about how she knew she needed to go and by knowing we didn't have to spend all day in the bathroom and she could get back to doing what she wanted to do faster.

We pretty much spent the day on repeat reminding her to tell us when she needed to go and asking her if she needed to go. With no accident on the second day and her never asking us for diapers, we made the decision that she really was ready and we were officially done with diapers. We were good with pull-ups during nap and bed times but we were calling it on diapers.

The next week was a lot more successes than accidents. She still wasn't telling me when she had to go but if she had to go when we asked she would tell us yes. Every time she went, she got a sticker on her chart. Halfway through the process we started reserving any kind of treats for when she told us she had to go. She didn't completely understand but after awhile she stopped asking for a treat. However we let her continue to put stickers on her chart.

A couple weeks after we started the whole process, she exclaimed "accident!" and we hurried her to the bathroom. When she got her to the bathroom we noticed she hadn't really had an accident and actually went in the toilet. We celebrated with her telling her she hadn't had an accident but she had told us that she needed to go. She got two stickers and a treat and was even more proud of herself.

After that we completely stopped asking. We still had her go to the bathroom before we left the house or before bed and nap but we relayed on her to tell us when she had to go. We quickly learned that she told us "accident" each time even though it was just cue that she had to go and wasn't actually having accidents anymore. We would then tell me that she was a big girl and she went potty.

I probably can't call her completely potty trained because she's still in pull-ups at nap and bed times but she is close enough for me. I love not having diapers anymore. I love not spending our money on diapers. I love that she's out of them before we have another kid in diapers.

More than that we are so proud of her.

xo, B

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