Potty training stories and tips for mom:)

Samantha - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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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!!

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Mary-Ann - posted on 01/16/2010

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My Daughter hated the timed potty use method and I didn't like it either. I just let her choose everyday if she wanted panties, bare bum or a pull up. And let her lead the way. By doing this I never told her when she needed to pee, she learned that feeling on her own and one day she whipped of the diaper and went on the potty. I gave her high praise, called Grandma so she could tell the good news and that was that. She was trained within a week or so. She would either tell me she had to go or she would just go and then come and get me to clean out the potty. We had a major set back (huge fear of public toilets thanks to auto flush) but got through it and are back at the training. She is doing great and I don't have to tell her to use the potty. Given the choice in the matter and control over using the potty was a much better solution for us. But that is just us. This method may not work for others. I never punished or told her she was bad for not telling me she had to go
when she had an accident, just reminded her where to go when needed to and left it at that. When we are out I ask if she needs to use the bathroom and if she says no we don't if she says yes then we go. Unless it has been more than 2 hours, then I encourage her to go, Since she may not know there is a bathroom to use when we are in stores, especially new ones we haven't been to before since hubby and I don't often use them ourselves. I also have her pee before we leave the house and right before climbing into bed. Those really are the only times I tell her to use the potty. As for wetting herself, she doesn't like it and so when she does it's a reminder to her to try and use the potty next time.

The biggest thing to keep in mind for all potty training parents is that no method of training will work if the child is not ready to train.

Samantha - posted on 01/16/2010

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hmmm. that is a different situation then what I faced- my son started doing it all at the same time but from what all my friends say it is harder to potty train them when doing number 2, according to 'how to train up a child" they say that when he uses the bathroom on himself to take them outside and hose them, off when they feel that cold water hit them they will probably not want that happening again lol, this may take a few times, if its too cold outside my friend Jodi puts her little boy in a cool shower for a few minutes and he HATES it but it really does motivate him to try to use the potty, and rewards for pooing in the potty is ok, if you want to:) Although there are children that still do not get moved even by the hosing down so... then I reccommend taking away something like food that they enjoy, for instance " since your not a big boy because you do not want to go poo in the potty, then your not big enough to have candy, cookies, cake... ect. anymore." after a few weeks of this being told over and over each time they ask for sweets it just may motivate them to use the potty.:))) I really hope this helps you each child is different and you just have to find what suits him best but anything is worth giving a try good luck

Mehdiyah - posted on 01/15/2010

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hey this is a real gud advice thanks allot ...My son is 2+ he doesnt wear a diaper as hes also potty trained ..he uses the bath room but at nite he is wearign a diaper Though he urinates in the toilet ..there is one problem i am having with him and that is he never agrees to sit on the potty for passing stool...every time he wants to pass stool he says he wants to wear a diaper...Can u please help me as to how shud i convince him to sit on the potty n pass his stool ...i too am a house wife ....when he knows he wants to pass stool he cries saying he wants to wear a diaper to pass it..i tell him no u have to sit on the potty as ur a big boy but he never agreess ..Kindly help me

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