Friday, August 29, 2008

MOM Help 911 - Potting Training

Potting training a toddler can be a mom's most fun life challenge as she trains her children. Some little ones just seem to "get it" and with others it's a battle. As I began to research for this subject, I've been astounded at the different ideas, tools, chart and books available for moms today.

My oldest was so smart. She could recognize her alphabets as an eighteen month old (yes, I read continually and talked about those alphabets) and understood more of life that I did. Because she was so smart, I assumed she'd get the potty thing too. Not. My efforts at trying every thing were fruitless. This child was going to go when she was good and ready and that was when she was two and a half +.


Her sister, on the other hand, surprised me. I can remember the day, as an eighteen month old, when she came up to me, grabbed my skirt and said, "Potty." I didn't believe her. Just wasn't possible. This child insisted. It came to me, "HMMM. . . what if?" And, the what if, proved to be correct. She did - and even through the night from that point on. I smiled. Life was good.

Today, moms have access to lots of different tools like activity books and charts, stickers, potty training equipment and books on potty training, stories to read your little about going potty.

Both Dora and Caillou have potty books. This one is almost my favorite and this one The Diaper Free Baby I find very interesting.

One thing I know is that moms are always looking for another moms tips of what worked and what didn't when it comes to training toddlers to "go potty." So, how about it moms - pass on your advice. Let's hear your potty training story. What worked and what didn't work. Did you read a book that helped? Did you use a bribe that worked? Did you use charts or stickers? What was your favorite book?

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8 comments:

6HappyHearts said...

I have potty trained 3 soon to be 4 kiddos. My best advice is to know your child's temprament & train based on his/her personality. Also, do not try to train until they show interest & tell you they are ready. I used different methods with all three; nude, timer & training pants. All my children potty trained within a few days. I did read books to all my children about the potty (Everyone Poops is my boys favorite) & we watched dvds. Their favorite one was Elmo potty training. My fourth seems to be potty training herself all ready & she will be two next month?!

Lylah said...

i absolutely LOVE that advice...YES the little munchkins temperament plays into it too. love the 3 methods :-)

Org Junkie said...

Well this is still fresh in my mind because I just potty trained my third one (2 1/2) in July in six days. Simple just took the diapers off and put the underwear on. Put him on the toilet every 30 minutes, didn't leave my house for a week and cleaned up a lot of messes (I layed towels everywhere). It was so worth it. The best piece of advice I can tell you is NO PULL UPS. They are the biggest marketing scam going. They are no different than diapers to a child. They need to feel that pee dribbling down the leg to "get" it. It took a full six days before my son "got" it but once he did it was smooth sailing.

Lylah said...

Laura - i LOVE this...thanks for stopping by....

Lylah said...

Laura - i LOVE this...thanks for stopping by....

Lylah said...

Laura - i LOVE this...thanks for stopping by....

Nancy & Bryan said...

Our son came up to us at 22 months telling us he wanted to go to the potty - he certainly surprised us! We bought a small potty chair for him and ditched the diapers and he never looked back. There were many accidents the first couple of weeks butI don't think there is any way around it if you want to fully train your child.

As far as pull-ups, I use them for night time and naps. He wakes up dry from naps but I notice the pull up is always full from overnight. I hope someone has some advice for me!

Amanda H said...

Thank you for the encouragement. We are in the midst of it right now! Daddy is leading the effort and strategy and it is a distinctly manly approach. Yet again God and my husband are teaching me about raising up boys.