Samantha - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )
Hello everybody, my son ( Brett) has been potty trained for about 5 months now, he did extremely well, thankfully because I am not a very patient person and was dreading potty training very much. I would like to share with everybody how I potty trained my son in just one week, and would love to hear back from others and how they did it also, this is to help all of the new moms on potty training their sweet little ones:). First of all I had read several books and needed to figure out what best fit my child, The No Greater Joy books " How to Train up a child" was alot of help by Michael and Debi Pearl! Very good book!
Please keep in mind that I am a stay at home mom, so this would be a little more difficult for moms that work, but on the days that you are off, it would be helpful to your routine to keep them on the right track. All I did was bought a timer, and set it to every ten minutes, and when the buzzer went off Brett knew it was time to go sit on the potty, you don't have to set it at 10, you could do 15, but I preferred 10 because my child drinks alot of fluid all day. I never asked him if he had to go, I told him so that he knew he had no choice in the matter, alot of times children are not going to tell you that they have to go, because they do not want to stop what they are doing to go. Most 8 out of 10 times Brett used the bathroom. ALWAYS PRAISE them when they do go. Never yell or spank when they have an accident but let them know that they did bad by not telling mama, that they had to use the potty and that next time to make sure they use the potty. Brett did so well with this that he even got up in the middle of night to tell me that he had to use the potty, he was never a bed wetter, but recently since it is getting cold I had a problem with him going on hisself which is normal, when chilkdren get cold they usually go on their self. I got so tired of washing sheets everyday and scrubbing the mattress I didn't want to go back to putting pull ups on him 1}the cost and 2}It puts the idea in a child's head that it is ok to go on their self at night when it is not. So I put a diaper on him, and well all 2 year olds know that diapers are for BABIES so he didn't like this very much, and HAS NOT used the bathroom on his self at night since:)) Hope to hear abck from other moms on potty training tips, I'm fixing to start training my 18 month old. GOOD LUCK TO ALL MOMMYS AND I HOPE THIS HELPS!!