Apr 3

potty training

What a month (or two). We have been all things potty training recently. With baby number 3 on her way we decided it best to try and NOT have 3 kids in diapers. That just gets expensive and hectic, fast. So we set out to potty train Job, our 2 1/2 year old. I have tried sitting him on the little potty a few other times and he didn’t seem to get it. He was only 18 months the first time, so we just put it on hold for a little longer. I tried one other time and it was still a “no go.”

So here we are at 2 1/2 years old. Potty training. Overall it’s gone very well. He got the peeing part down quick. And after the first week or so, the poo followed (he DID still go in his diaper however :). We had a bit of a relapse in there due to traveling and being in a pull-up longer than usual. But after a few days back in undies, we were back on track.

His newest feat – waking up at night to go pee instead of just going in his pull-up. YAY! We are on the right track. We still aren’t completely dry every morning, but definitely making progress.

I wanted to share a few things that have helped me on this journey.potty-trainingWhat we ended up needing – a little potty, undies (we skipped the training undies, mostly because of cost), a new DVD is very helpful, sanitary wipes for wiping out the potty, regular wipes for wiping cute little hinneys, and of course treats for going (we did M&M’s for pee and peanut butter cups for poop).

The first day we did nothing but potty trained. We watched movies all day and did lots of fluid drinking. I just let him run around in just his undies and every 30 minutes or so we would try going potty for a minute or two. After the first accident, he decided he didn’t like being wet so he would start yelling “PeePee! PeePee, Mama!” and off to the potty we went. That first day he only had two accidents. YAY! He even pooped in the potty that first day.potty-training-1Like I said earlier, it did take him about a week to get the pooping in the potty thing down. But since that first week he’s had very few pee or poo accidents. I have noticed if he’s playing with friends he will tend to forget about going potty, and I don’t blame him. I just try to remind him lots during play times.

For the first month, I would put him in a pull up for going out of the house, nap time, and bed time. We have since dropped the going out of the house pull-up and he’s doing great. I think I could also drop the nap time pull-up as well. He’s been dry for like 3 weeks now, but our washing machine is broken currently, so I am really trying to not have to wash the sheets if we do end up having an accident.

All in all, this potty training thing is going great! He loves his big boy Cars and Nemo undies. He’s just so stinking cute in big boy undies! Yay for only one kid in diapers (at least for the next 2.5 months) :)


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