DON’T DO IT! Just let your kid pee and poop their pants until they are old enough to want to potty train themselves, wipe their own asses and clean their own pee. Can you tell potty training isn’t going great? I didn’t update last week because there hasn’t been much change since my Potty Training – Part One post, until this past week.
We’re regressing people! For a few days now Richie started peeing his pants again. Not every time, but more often than not. We still have him in his underwear, so needless to say I’ve been up to my ears in pee puddles and laundry. I’m not sure why this started all of a sudden. He has been doing so well! We went days without having any pee accidents and all of a sudden he’s constantly having accidents.
I have a few theories. One being that he just doesn’t want to stop what he’s doing to use the potty. He knows I’ll just change him afterwards and he’ll only be uncomfortable for a few seconds. Another is that I’ve stopped bribing him as often. He doesn’t want to do it if he isn’t going to get something for it. I don’t want to always have to say “Richie, do you have to go potty?” and have him tell me “no” until I offer him a lollipop. If I could go back in time, I may not have used lollipops as poop and pee collateral.
However, we did have one major triumph. Today he pooped on the potty for the first time! It happened right after he peed his pants (for the second time today). He had asked me for a lollipop and I told him “no lollipop’s until you go pee on the potty.” He just stomped off angry and went to do his own thing. A few minutes later he came back over to me, excitedly exclaiming that he had gone poop on the potty. I went over with him and sure enough, he had! That was a pleasant and welcomed surprise after two days of pee accidents (and 3 weeks of refusing to poop on the potty.) As happy as I am for him, I question if he would have gone without me telling him “I’m withholding the lolli’s.” Either way, I am happy that he finally pooped. That’s MAJOR progress!
I wish I was writing a post on how I am a self-proclaimed “potty training guru,” but instead its the complete opposite . If I had any advice for you it would be to…just go with the flow. Toddlers have minds of their own and they’re going to do what they want, when they want. Just try and remain calm, cool and collected, and don’t let them see ya sweat. ALWAYS stay supportive, one day they may be wiping your ass.