We’ve been potty training for 4 days now and it’s going surprisingly well. The route I decided to take was to buy “big boy (Minions) under pants” and just put them on and see how it goes. The first day, as you can imagine, was full of accidents. He peed his pants 6 times and by the 7th time realized he didn’t like wet pants and peed on the potty! The next day when he woke up, (he slept in pull ups) I put him on the potty and he went right away! We haven’t had any pee accidents since that first day! I am still pretty shocked by that, and not to mention so proud of him!
However, poop is a different story. He’s pooped his pants twice now and I just keep reassuring him that it’s okay and he will get the hang of it eventually. I’m really trying my best to be the most supportive and enthusiastic mother when it comes to potty training. I’ll be so happy, and he will too, when he finally poops on the potty!
As far as the actual potty, I ordered the Summer Infant My Size Potty. It looks like a real potty, there is spot to hold wipes, and you can “flush” it ( if you’re interested in ordering one for yourself I have it linked). As of right now we just keep the potty in our living room because it’s easy to access, and when you gotta go – you gotta go (especially when you’re a toddler).
I’ve also been reading him the The Potty Book: For Boys (click link if interested) and being super enthusiastic when I read it. He gets a kick out of that book. Of course there is a little bit of bribery involved as well. Sometimes I’ll tell him if he goes pee (when he says he doesn’t want to, but I know he has to) I’ll let him pick a favorite show to watch, and that’s usually enough to get him to go. He also absolutely LOVES lollipops so, I told him if he goes poop on the potty he can have one. We’re still working our way up to lollipops, but soon, hopefully.
All in all I would say it’s going well. We still have a long ways to go but have made some MAJOR improvements over night! Just have patience, be supportive and reassure your child that they can do it! Accidents are going to happen, that’s inevitable. Try and make sure that your child is ready and showing signs, and make sure that you’re mentally ready. If you try to force it (like I did 5 months ago) you’ll end up just stressing yourself and your child out, and trust me, it’s not a good feeling. I will update in a few days, hopefully we will make even more progress!
If you have any tips or tricks that worked for your child leave a comment and let me know! I would love to hear!