Hey Guys and Happy New Year!
I haven’t posted in a while and today I decided to go in a slightly different direction.
This weekend I shared some exciting news on my Facebook page about my son Ethan. He is potty trained! Yay!!! I am so excited. All of this time me and my hubby have been dreading the day when we would have to potty train. Since we are new parents we really didn’t know what to expect or how to do it. I didn’t read many books or articles on the subject but I did talk with my mom and mother in law on their experience. Then it was just time.
So today I am sharing some tips on what helped us potty train our little man in just 7 days!
Pre-Potty Training – Not sure if that is a word but we will go with it. So before we “officially” started potty training we purchased a potty seat shortly after my son turned 2. We had no intention on diving right into it but we wanted to at least introduce him to it and make him familiar with it. As the months went by we knew we didn’t have the time to really dedicate to potty training and we didn’t want to start and stop, then start and stop again. At his daycare they did start introducing Ethan to the potty at around 28 months but he never was fully potty trained.
Tip #1 – Take a full week off of work to solely dedicate to potty training. This was one of the tips that my mom said she did with me and my brothers. I knew I was going to be off for the Christmas holiday so me and my husband marked our calendars to completely potty train Ethan during Christmas break. We wasn’t sure if it could be done but we certainly was going to give it 100% effort. All 3 of us stayed in the house all week except for New years eve. The importance of both of us being off was so if one of us needed to leave and run an errand, the other one could stay at home and continue to potty train. This way our son never had to leave the house or break the potty training.
Tip #2 – Get Training underwear. I highly recommend using training underwear when potty training. Pull ups still feel too much like a diaper to them. Training underwear feels soft and just like underwear except with a little extra padding for mistakes. I purchased mine at Target. When we first introduced the training underwear we made a big deal about it. Everything has to be a big deal for them to get excited, lol. So we said “Look Ethan, you have BIG BOY underwear now!!!” He loved it!
Tip #3 – LOTS of Positive Reinforcement – Every time Ethan uses the potty we make a big celebration about it. Both of us yell in excitement, dance around and tell Ethan how proud we are of him and that he is a BIG BOY! We kind of look silly, but you should see his face light up. He loves telling us that he DID IT! He used the potty! If one of us is not in the room he will find us just to tell BOTH of his parents that he used the potty. Lol.
Tip #4 – We Scold him when he used the potty on himself – Now I am not talking about spanking or yelling in anger. But whenever he would deliberately use the bathroom in his underwear instead of going to the potty, we would FIRMLY tell him that he made a mistake and that he is not supposed to potty on himself. We would tell him we are disappointed in him for not going to the potty. Just talking to him and letting him know what he did was wrong helped him tremendously. He did not like the tone of our voice and he would miss the celebration/party dance for good behavior. After about 3 or 4 accidents he was determined not to potty on himself.
Tip #5 – Go to the potty every hour – Our first few days of potty training we would take Ethan to use the potty EVERY hour whether he had to use it or not. Funny thing is each and every time he did have to use it. Crazy! This helped get him in the habit of always going to the potty.
Last Tip – Give your little one a toy when they have to do #2 – In order to get Ethan to sit still and stay on the potty whenever he had to do #2 we would give him a toy or his tablet to play with and distract him. It helped every time.
After a full week of non-stop potty training Ethan completely shocked us. He started telling us when he had to go to the potty instead of us asking him. NOW he just goes on his own without even telling us like he is grown! Then all of a sudden we will hear him yell from the bathroom…”Mommy/Daddy I Pottied!” LOL.