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July 14, 2007

Your time to shine and wow with advice.  I’m begging for it.  In T-minus two days (yes, my birthday), we start potty-training Lizzie.

How did you all do it?  What worked, what didn’t?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2007 8:43 pm

    You probably knew this would be coming from us and it goes against what you just said you’re planning on but I’ll go ahead and say it anyway…

    Wait until the kid is good and ready and self-motivated to do it so you’re not beating your head (and theirs) against a wall — then follow their lead and give lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of “do you need to go pee? do you need to go pee? doyou needto gopee? doyouneed togopee? doyouneedtogopee? doyouneedtogopeedoyouneedtodoyouneedtodoyouneedtogopeegopeegopeedoyadoyadoyadoyaneedtogopee?”

    Something along those lines.

  2. July 14, 2007 9:42 pm

    Funny you say that Jed. Lizzie’s been interested for many moons now. We just had to wait until we crossed the country. Then there was class. This week off of class was the first time Steph and I could both be totally dedicated to it. Lizzie is very interested in the potty and all things bathroom… so you’re advice of constant asking is appreciated.

  3. July 14, 2007 11:34 pm

    i posted an entry on my blog for you because i am such a potty training expert…
    this is one time when bribery is okay and realize that this is all about control and no, you don’t have it.
    good luck!

  4. Slothboy permalink
    July 16, 2007 12:21 pm

    Thing 1 started doing well with her training at about 18 months, she would tell us when she needed to go and all that. Then we went camping and it got wrecked. For her, it ultimately came down to proper motivation. In order to go to preschool (the three year old class) she had to be potty trained. We sent her in pull ups just in case and she did have one accident I think, but mainly that took care of it.

    We also used a “potty chart” where we would give her a sticker every time she went on the potty and then after so many stickers she would get a prize. That worked pretty well too. A big part of the process is getting them out of diapers. We just started putting her in panties and telling her she couldn’t go in those because it would make a mess. We had a couple cleanups but she learned pretty fast that she didn’t LIKE having her pants soaked with pee. Modern diapers and training pants work so well that it doesn’t bother kids to be wet.

    Thing 2 has been more interested in the potty and started trying to use it before she could really even sit on it without being held up. It’s been a slow process with her but she’s only 26 months so we haven’t been in a huge hurry, but she has required the constant “DOYOUNEEDTOGOPOTTY?” (That was absolutely hilarious, Jed.) and even then she won’t always admit to needing to go. So I just take her in there frequently. Five days ago we stopped putting her in pull ups except when she goes to bed at night and she knows she can’t go in her panties, which has helped a lot. Every time we dress her she says, “Can’t potty in these” so we haven’t had any accidents yet. Because she was interested we haven’t had to use rewards yet, but we’ll see as we get closer to the end of the process.

    Good luck and godspeed.

  5. July 17, 2007 12:26 am

    Came here from Laura’s. My opinion: Slothboy speaks sooth. Ditch the diapers. Modern diapers are just too damn comfortable. No pull-ups either. They’re just diapers, after all. That said, I have no idea how old your Lizzie is. I am of the firm opinion that beginning potty training before about 30 months is simply setting one’s self up for a long and frustrating ride. We tried training our son just before he turned two. Spent months at it. Got nowhere. gave up. Tried again after he turned three. Took three days. He never wore a diaper again.

  6. July 17, 2007 11:03 am

    Paul, thanks for dropping by and helping out. Lizzie is just over 2. We’re taking it slow; if it turns out to be a no go, we’ll drop it til later. She’s just shown so much interest lately we figured now was as good a time as any. Now to explain to her how the bladder gives warning signs…

  7. July 18, 2007 7:31 pm

    I’d probably just sit down with her one evening and have a good long talk explaining the social implications of the soiled drawers. I think that’ll probably be all it takes. Also, I don’t have any kids.

  8. July 19, 2007 2:03 pm

    Ryan, that is brilliant. I hadn’t even thought of that. Somebody get this guy some kids and a book deal.

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